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Chargers' Hayford quietly sets sights on No. 100

Sometimes, you wonder if Shorecrest coach Phil Hayford really says anything on the football field.

Hayford, also the school's athletic director, quietly has controlled the Shorecrest sideline for 15 years.

Even when the stakes are as high as they are this Friday night when the Chargers (7-0, 2-0) host Temple Heights (7-0, 3-0) in a huge Class 2A, District 6 game.

Shorecrest received its highest state ranking in school-history last week right behind No.

1 Belle Glade Glades Day. The Chargers are loaded with an experienced backfield led by senior tailback Nathan Hallet. Their defense is coming off a hard-fought shutout (6-0) of Class 4A Fort Myers LeHigh Acres last week. Now, they face the Eagles' 6-foot-3, 225-pound running back Nate Dorsey who has been churning up piles of yardage.

Still, Hayford barely has mentioned Dorsey this week.

"We know he is very good," Hayford said. "But you just go over your tackling drills, proper alignments. You don't try to change the defense because of one back. We just have to go out and play defense like we've done."

To make the game even more interesting, Hayford is going after his 100th victory.

"We haven't mentioned it," said Hayford said, whose assistant Dave Field has been with him as he compiled a 99-57 record. "The kids thought about it several weeks ago but quickly forgot it. I don't think that's anyone's focus. If you hang around long enough and stay consistent, you'll get your share."

Shorecrest is getting its due this season with Hallet rushing for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns while quarterback Fred Meinke and fullback Matt Thomas have gained more than 600 yards.

"The experience of our backfield has been a big plus," Hayford said. "But we know we will need both our offense and defense clicking on Friday night."