Ending the previous season with a crushing loss against the Flanagan High Falcons, the Atlantic Eagles seek vengeance in this year’s playoffs. Cruising through the regular season, the Eagles boast an impressive 8-3 overall record with notable wins against Boca Raton High School and Wellington High School.
The Eagles faced district foe Wellington in the first round of the district playoffs, putting them away easily with a 28-21 final score in a game that was not nearly as close as the score tells.
Safety and Duke University commit Marquis Waters, who 247Sports describes as “an explosive player that can take charge in any situation,” as he leads the way for the Eagles as they now face the Palm Beach Gardens High School Gators in the second round, coming in as favorites. The Gators had upset district rival Park Vista last week in a shocker, winning by 10 points, with a score of 38-28. The Gators are known for using an offense that mixes up a running and passing game. Runningback Dennis Hubbard proves to be a dynamic back that can exploit any holes in a defense.
Atlantic hopes to combat this offense by putting emphasis on the play of their safeties. Presumably being brought up for safety blitzes and staying back for cover options rotationally, Palm Beach Garden’s offense will hopefully be held at ease.