Hurricane Sandy affects high school games
COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Hurricane Sandy didn’t touch land in Florida but brought plenty of wind and a little rain.
The storm also affected local high school football games this past week.
New Smyrna had its home game with Orange Park Fleming Island scheduled for last Thursday canceled while Atlantic did play its home game with Kissimmee Poinciana.
Games moved from Friday to Thursday included Seabreeze at Pine Ridge, Mainland at Deltona and Jacksonville Sandalwood at Flagler Palm Coast.
Games that were still played Friday were Ocala St. John Lutheran at Warner, Trinity at Crawford Wakulla and Ponte Verde Nease at Matanzas.
There were games moved from Friday to Monday, including Calvary at Father Lopez, University at Longwood Lyman, Jacksonville Mandarin at DeLand and Pierson Taylor at Maitland Orangewood Christian.
Mainland got interception return touchdowns from Ricky Norris, Dwayne Copeland and Jaquis Davis to beat Deltona 46-0 in a district 9-6A matchup. Steve Bostick added 56 yards rushing with two scores for the Buccaneers.
Connor Blair threw for 113 yards with three touchdowns to lead Seabreeze past Pine Ridge 41-0 in district 9-6A action. Tre Rodriguez ran for 91 yards with a score and Tyler Forbes had 36 yards with a touchdown for the Sandcrabs.
In a shortened game filled with wind and rain, Warner Christian beat Ocala St. John Lutheran 12-0. The win gave the Eagles the district 2-3A title. Khalil Hicks ran for 112 yards with a touchdown, Marcus Dixon had 95 yards and Bentlee Critcher a score for Warner.
Joe Boden had 100 total yards with two touchdown runs and kicked a field goal to lead Father Lopez past Calvary 24-12 in district 3-2A competition. A brawl ejected five players and left Calvary without enough players. It continued with four minute quarters in the second half in a 10-on-10 format. Boggie Mills ran for 115 yards and a score for the Green Wave. Deyon Tucker ran for 110 yards with a score and James King ran for a score for the Calvary Lions.
Tristen Patel’s 36-yard field goal with 6.5 seconds remaining lifted DeLand to a 32-30 win over Jacksonville Mandarin in a district 1-8A contest. JoJo Kemp ran for 197 yards with two touchdowns and Dantwaun O’Neal had 93 receiving yards with a score for the Bulldogs.
Other scores: Atlantic-2, Poinciana-0 (forfeit); Flagler Palm Coast-17, Jacksonville Sandalwood-16; Neptune Beach Fletcher-42, Spruce Creek-6; Crawford Wakulla-56, Trinity-0; Ponte Verda Nease-37, Matanzas-0; Maitland Orangewood Christian-38, Taylor-7; University-28, Longwood Lyman-27.
This week’s top games
Seabreeze (5-4, 2-1) at Mainland (5-3, 2-1)
It’s the Battle of Daytona, aka the Daytona Classic. The winner makes the playoffs. Seabreeze boast a potent offense and Mainland a stingy defense.
Atlantic (7-1, 3-1) at Orlando Lake Nona (5-3, 2-2)
A win would put the Sharks in the postseason. The Lions will be fired up so Atlantic must play well.
Flagler Palm Coast (5-3, 3-1) at DeLand (5-4, 3-1)
The winner wins the district title and makes the playoffs while the loser goes home.
Warner (8-1, 5-0) at Melbourne Florida Air (4-4, 3-2)
The Eagles have clinched the district title but want to keep momentum headed to the postseason. They are better and should win.
Taylor (4-4, 1-1) at Crescent City (4-4, 1-1)
The winner makes the playoffs. The Wildcats will have their hands full with rival Raiders.
Prep Sports Seven Football
1. *New Smyrna (7-0), 2. *Warner (8-1), 3. Atlantic (7-1), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (6-3), 5. Mainland (5-3), 6. Seabreeze (5-4), 7. DeLand (5-4) Others: *Trinity (5-3), Taylor (4-4), Father Lopez (4-4).
*-denotes made the state playoffs.
Previous rankings: 1. New Smyrna, 2. Warner, 3.Atlantic, 4 Flagler Palm Coast, 5. Mainland, 6. Trinity, 7. DeLand, Seabreeze.