Blowouts highlight district play in fifth week of prep football
COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER
New Smyrna Beach remained unbeaten by ripping Pine Ridge 54-7 in the district 9-6A opener for both teams. Marcus Johnson threw for 224 yards with four scores to lead New Smyrna. Frankie Viera scored Pine Ridge’s lone touchdown.
James Clark had three catches for 65 yards with a touchdown, Diamonte Mitchell made two receptions for 90 yards with a score and Dwayne Wood had a 58-yard touchdown catch for the Barracudas.
JoJo Kemp ran for 81 yards with two scores while Tristen Patel kicked three field goals to lead DeLand to a 37-0 win over Spruce Creek in the district 1-8A opener for both teams. Mike Dixon added 103 rushing yards with a score for the Bulldogs. Mike Colubiale had a 49-yard reception for Spruce Creek.
Charles Nelson had two rushing touchdowns and returned a punt for a score to help Seabreeze route Deltona 54-0 in the district 9-6A opener. Tre Rodriguez ran for 87 yards with a touchdown and had a receiving score while Connor Blair threw for 85 yards with three touchdowns for the Sandcrabs.
Atlantic, University suffer first loss
Atlantic suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of Orlando Bishop Moore 35-0 in the district 7-5A opener for both teams. Atlantic came into the contest ranked ninth in Class 5A. The Hornets outgained the Sharks 302-147 in offensive yardage, including 198-98 in the first half. Alex Bell threw for 114 yards to lead Atlantic. Jak Ramsberger led Bishop Moore with two touchdown runs and a 55-yard touchdown reception.
University was handed its first loss of the season falling to Sanford Seminole 33-18 in the district 2-8A opener for both teams. Randy Cianciotto had 130 total yards and threw for a score while Steven Chojnoski ran for 39 yards with two scores for University. Tonnie Moore ran for 131 yards with three touchdowns for Seminole. Horonadis Tillman added 125 yards passing and ran for 49 more with a score for the Seminoles. Deon Anderson added 54 yards rushing for the Titans.
Pierson Taylor wins; Halifax, Lopez lose
Dexter Rodriguez ran for 105 yards and a touchdown to lead Pierson Taylor to a 46-0 win over Jacksonville Temple Christian. Mikey Kopka ran for 61 yards with two scores while Nick McClelland ran for a touchdown and had a interception return score for the Wildcats.
Father Lopez lost a shootout to Melbourne Florida Air Academy 62-42 in district 3-2A action. Joe Boden ran for 160 yards with four touchdowns and threw for 150 more with a score for Lopez. Alex Bouie ran for 206 yards with three scores and Josh Denton ran for 126 yards for Florida Air. Bryant added 134 total yards and Boogie Mills a rushing score for the Green Wave.
Lashan Wilder ran for 167 yards with three touchdowns while Tim Jackson threw for 81 yards for Halifax in a 41-18 loss to Jacksonville Old Plank Christian Academy.
Cocoa-28, Warner-0; Flagler Palm Coast-20, Jacksonville Mandarin-3; St. Augustine Mendez-27; Matanzas-23.
This week’s top games
Orlando Dr. Phillips (4-0) at DeLand (2-2): The Bulldogs will have their hands full as they host Dr. Phillips High School. This could be a good one.
Mainland (2-1) at Sanford Seminole (2-2): The Buccaneers are rested, coming off a bye week. They will need their offense to play well again to beat the Seminoles.
Titusville (1-2) at Seabreeze (2-2): Titusville is coached by Andy Price, who led Warner to three straight title games. Seabreeze has plenty of firepower to win but must play well upfront on both sides to win.
Deltona (0-4) at Spruce Creek (1-3): Both teams badly need a win and one will get it. Spruce Creek has the numbers and more talent.
Warner (3-1) at Pine Ridge (0-4): Warner will play the big boys again. Pine Ridge has struggled but has size and numbers. Warner has plenty of firepower to win and is the favorite.
Prep Sports Seven Football
1. New Smyrna (4-0), 2. Flagler Palm Coast (3-1), 3. Mainland (2-1), 4. Warner (3-1), 5. Atlantic (3-1), 6.University (3-1), tie 7. Trinity (2-1), Taylor (3-1). Others: DeLand (2-2), Seabreeze (2-2)
Note: Can’t move anybody as top two teams won; four through six lost and three and seven were idle. It will eventually work itself out.
Previous ranking: 1. New Smyrna, 2. Flagler Palm Coast, 3.Mainland, 4. Warner, 5. Atlantic, 6. University, 7. Trinity.