Monday, December 18, 2017
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Friends Jordan Miner, Isaiah Bolden square off as opponents this week

The neighborhood rivalry between Wesley Chapel and Wiregrass Ranch is not only intriguing because both teams are off to good starts, but each team also features highly recruited Division I-A prospects.

Wiregrass Ranch cornerback Jordan Miner is committed to Penn State. He already showed his talent last week in a 31-29 win over Zephyrhills. Miner got a goal-line interception on fourth down to preserve the win.

Wesley Chapel defensive back Isaiah Bolden is committed to Oregon. He had a 90-yard interception return and three long punt returns in the Wildcats' 42-24 win over Sunlake.

Both are good friends, but this week the talk is at a minimum.

"I haven't talked to him (this week)," Miner said. "It's not really bragging rights, it's just that we both want to win."

Added Bolden: "Me and Jordan are really close, but we haven't talked at all this week."

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Bolden and Miner likely won't leave the field much on Friday. Aside from defensive back, Bolden also plays some at quarterback for the Wildcats. He only threw two passes and ran five times for 16 yards in the opener. He also returned three punts for an average of 34.7 yards.

"When there's big games like this, that's when you see something special out of me," Bolden said.

Miner is also a receiver who is a running threat. And like Bolden, he returns kicks. Playing against his friend, as well as a good team like Wesley Chapel, has Miner looking forward to Friday night.

"I like playing in these types of games because it really shows what this team is made of," Miner said. "It doesn't change the way I play. I just play my game."

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