BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Warner Christian Academy wore down Father Lopez Catholic High School 52-14 in South Daytona last week.
Drew Eckels threw for over 329 yards with three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Warner.
Father Lopez came out ready to play. The team held the Eagles in check for the first quarter and led 6-3 after the period.
“We were uptempo and able to do some of the things that we wanted to do to start out. We have a lot of freshman so we have room to improve,” said Jason Dunlap, Father Lopez’s head coach.
Lopez led 6-0 after a 13-yard touchdown run from Joe Boden. The drive followed an Eagles turnover.
“They came out ready to play and we were sluggish. They gave us some different looks that we didn’t expect. It took us a while to get adjusted,” said Steve Allen, Warner’s head coach.
Warner took the lead at 10-6 after Eckels’ 15-yard score with 5:03 remaining in the second quarter. Marcus Dixon’s four-yard score with 2:28 to go in the quarter put Warner up 17-6.
Boden was intercepted by Warner’s Anthony Hamm, which led to Eckles’ swing pass to Dixon.
He went 62 yards for the score, giving Warner a 24-6 lead.
“That was a big turning point. We had our first week of full practice. There are still some things we need to work on in our passing game, especially with timing routes,” commented Dunlap.
Warner got the ball back on an onside kick and a few plays later Dixon scored from six yards out to make it 31-6 at the half.
“The interception and onside kick really gave us a huge momentum swing. I was also pleased with our execution on those offense two drives following,” added Allen.
The Eagles defense clamped down on the Green Wave after the first period fueled by Hamm (four tackles, one interception), James Paytas (11 tackles) and John Harris (seven tackles, one sack, two hurries, one pass sack, two hurries, one pass deflection).
Critcher finished with six catches for 196 yards with two touchdowns. He also kicked a 27-yard field goal for the Eagles.
Bodden finished 65 yards rushing with a score while throwing for 78 yards and another score to lead Lopez.
Dixon added 86 yards with two scores to go with his receiving score and Mario Goss ran for a touchdown for Warner.
Isadore Wood added two catches for 48 yards and Justin Bryant four for the Green Wave.
Quadre Eubanks had 10 total tackles for Father Lopez.
Upsets highlight week 2 of football
Kyle Hall’s 92-yard fumble return touchdown lifted New Smyrna to a 41-35 win over DeLand in overtime. JoJo Kemp ran for 259 yards with four touchdowns for DeLand. James Clark had 184 yards receiving with two scores for NSB.
Randy Cianciotto threw for 177 yards with a touchdown and ran for 118 yards with two scores to lead University to a 28-12 win over Spruce Creek. Josh Diaz had 126 receiving yards with a score for the Titans. The Titans begin the season 2-0 for the first time. Craig Peludat threw for 208 yards with two scores for Creek.
DeVonti Emmanuel’s five-yard score with 53 seconds remaining lifted Flagler Palm Coast to an 11-7 win over Seabreeze. Connor Blair ran for a touchdown for Seabreeze.
Cameron Hadley’s six-yard touchdown pass to Jamaal Hughes in the fourth quarter was Mainland’s lone score in a 40-8 loss to Orlando Jones. Hadley had 109 total yards for the Buccaneers. Mainland committed three turnovers.
Chris Jones ran for 159 yards and two scores to lead Atlantic to a 24-0 shutout over Pine Ridge. Alex Bell also had 88 total yards for the Sharks.
Deyon Tucker ran for 144 yards with two touchdowns to lead Calvary to a 28-6 win over Jacksonville Temple Christian. Tucker’s 96-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the longest play from scrimmage in school history.
This week’s top games
Flagler Palm Coast (2-0) at New Smyrna (2-0): The winner is the area’s best team as of now. Who would have thought this a few weeks or months ago? Whoever defends best win.
DeLand (0-2) at Seabreeze (1-1): Both teams are coming off heartbreaking losses. Both teams have plenty of weapons. This could be an offensive shootout or defensive struggle.
Port St Lucie Treasure Coast (2-0) at Mainland (1-1): Mainland has to get its offense going or it will fall to 1-2. The team faces a talented Titans team.
Trinity (2-0) at Calvary (1-1): It’s the district opener for both teams. Calvary will have its hands full with Trinity’s Marquion Lane, who transferred from DeLand.
Kissimmee Gateway (2-0) at University (2-0): University has a chance to start 3-0 for the first time. The school is in its third year of football and third year of existence.
Prep Sports Seven football
1. New Smyrna (2-0), 2. Flagler Palm Coast (2-0), tie 3. Seabreeze (1-1), Mainland (1-1), 4. Warner (2-0), 5. Atlantic (2-0), 6.University (2-0), 7. Trinity (2-0).
Note: What a mess and what a shakeup, but it will eventually work itself out.
Previous: 1. Seabreeze, 2. Mainland, 3. DeLand, 4. Warner, 5. Atlantic, 6. New Smyrna, 7.Flagler Palm Coast.