The Dr. Phillips offense gets a lot of credit. It's the glory side of the ball. The Panthers average about 50 points a game.
It's where Demetrius Hart runs wild, Nick Patti directs the offense, cool and collected, and receivers like Chris Gallon and Pat Fenlon and Zach Durham and Jake Janse provide the outside weapons.
But, as they say, the defense is how teams win championships. It's the dirty work and the Dr. Phillips Panthers (14-0) do it well.
Just ask Seminole's human wrecking ball Serderius Bryant, whose team lost to Dr. Phillips 37-13 Friday night in a Class 6A state semifinal game.
"The DP defense is good. They came out and played hard and they made things happen," Bryant said. "They were around the ball, made some tackles, got a couple of turnovers and they did their thing."
They've been doing their thing all season. The DP defense is littered with senior players with the exception of the spirited, hard-hitting Phillip Amone. The junior, along with seniors Darryl Monroe and Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, lead the charge for Dr. Phillips as far as total tackles go, and then Roderick Ryles roams the secondary.
"This team is a family and a lot of us have been together since Pop Warner and so we have a pretty good, close-knit Allen said. ." Amone said.
It's a big family with contributions from all parts. Andreis Norris came up big Friday night with a pair of fumble recoveries. Ryles also had a fumble recovery, as well as his Dr. Phillips career leading 15th interception.
"It was nice. We laid it out tonight and we're in the state championship next week," said Ryles. "We just play all out. I tell them boys to make a play and get up ... like we do all night."
The defense has five shutouts this season and has held teams to an average of 8 points per game.
"We're just trying to show that we are one of the best defenses to ever come through Dr. Phillips High School," senior linebacker LaQuentin Smith said. "It's been crazy this year. We've had a lot of adversity, but we've taken it as grown men and right now we're going to the state championship."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times