BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Big plays from Cameron “Squirt’’ Hadley lifted Mainland past archrival Seabreeze 27-9 at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach last week.
The win put the Buccaneers in the playoffs as the district 9-6A runner-up while the Sandcrabs’ season came to an end.
“Things just didn’t work out for us this year. Hats off to Mainland and Squirt had a great game. He may be the best player in the county right now,” commented Seabreeze coach Marc Beach.
Hadley had 200 total yards (142 rushing, 58 passing) with three (two rushing, one passing) touchdowns for Mainland. He was named MVP of the game.
“We stepped up tonight and we had too. I just did what I was told. I studied a lot of film this week and things just worked,” responded Hadley.
Too many turnovers
Hadley jumped over a Seabreeze defender in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown run and a 24-9 third quarter lead.
“He is a difference maker. His late mother’s birthday was last week, which I think motivated him.
He was focused and he prepared so well this week,” said Mainland coach Scott Wilson.
The Buccaneers defense forced three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble).
“The turnovers created by our defense definitely gives you momentum,” stated Wilson.
“We turned the ball over and you just can’t do that against Mainland. Last year we turned it over eight times against them,” added Beach.
The Sandcrabs fumbled the opening kickoff but their defense held Mainland on four downs.
Seabreeze (5-5, 2-2) took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on Jordan Patsch 23 yard field goal.
After another defensive stand, Seabreeze was driving but a tipped passed went straight to Mainland’s Meiko Dotson for an interception.
Following a Dwayne Copeland interception Mainland (6-3, 3-1) capitalized on a Hadley touchdown run and led 7-3 second quarter.
The Bucs led 14-3 when Hadley hit David White from seven yards out.
Connor Blair’s six-yard touchdown run got Seabreeze within 14-9 late in the second quarter.
Trevaughn Rodriguez led the Sandcrabs with 122 yards rushing. Stephen Bostick added 120 yards rushing and Miglioranzi kicked field goals of 32 and 36 yards for the Buccaneers.
Mainland hosts Orlando Olympia at Municipal Stadium in their regular season finale next week.
DeLand wins district: JoJo Kemp ran for 128 yards with three touchdowns to lead DeLand past Flagler Palm Coast for the district 1-8A title. Colteen Robinson threw for 219 yards with a score and Chauncey Kennedy’s interception in the end zone sealed the deal for DeLand in the final seconds. Marcel Williams threw for 133 yards with two scores and ran for 149 yards for Flagler Palm Coast.
Atlantic makes playoffs: Atlantic made the state playoffs as the district 7-5A runner-up by winning a three team tie breaker with Orlando Lake Nona and Eustis at New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex. Lake Nona beat Eustis 7-0 in the first quarter and Atlantic beat Lake Nona 14-0 in the second quarter. Kim Mack had a touchdown run and two-point conversion run while Alex Bell had a key interception and threw a touchdown pass to Chris “C.J.’’ Jones for the Sharks.
Atlantic lost to Lake Nona 20-12 two days earlier in a game that would have put them in the post season. In that game, Bell threw for 154 yards with a score.
New Smyrna-56, Deltona-0; Jacksonville Sandalwood-28, Spruce Creek-13; Lake Brantley-37, University-14; Trinity-61, Ocala St. John’s Lutheran-0; Crescent City-41, Taylor-0; Vero Beach St. Edwards-48; Father Lopez-0; Palatka-45, Matanzas-19; Warner-48, Melbourne Florida Air-12.
This week’s top games
New Smyrna (8-0) at Spruce Creek (2-7)
The Barracudas get a shot at an undefeated season. They should beat the struggling Hawks. Both teams call New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex home so it’s a turf battle too.
Orlando Olympia (5-4) at Mainland (6-3)
The Buccaneers want to keep momentum heading into the playoffs but The Titans will give them a test.
Father Lopez (4-5) at Taylor (4-5)
Both teams go for a shot at a .500 season. This could be a good one.
Prep Sports Seven Football
1. *New Smyrna (8-0), 2. *Warner (9-1), 3. *Mainland (6-3), 4. *DeLand (6-4), 5. *Atlantic (7-2), 6. *Trinity (6-3), 7. Flagler Palm Coast (6-4).
*Made the state playoffs.
Previous rankings: 1. New Smyrna, 2. Warner, 3. Atlantic, 4. Flagler Palm Coast, 5. Mainland, 6. Seabreeze, 7. DeLand.