COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Scott Wampler’s 47-yard field goal attempt fell short as time expired and Mainland held off Winter Haven 34-33 in the Class 6A regional semifinal.
Cameron “Squirt’’ Hadley threw for 280 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 159 with a score to lead the Buccaneers.
Adam Lane led Winter Haven with 139 yards rushing and a score. Mainland took the lead on Jontey Byrd’s three-yard touchdown run with 1:13 remaining.
The drive was set up by an interception from Arthur Westbrook with 2:48 remaining.
Winter Haven (11-1) took a 33-27 lead with 5:48 to play after Kendrick Holland’s 93-yard interception touchdown return.
Byrd had two touchdown runs while Same White and Jamal Hughes each had a touchdown reception for the Bucs.
Luke Borders threw for 215 yards with two touchdowns, Kendrick Holland caught nine passes for 164 yards with two scores and Darius Mills had an interception return touchdown for the Blue Devils.
Mainland will travel to Naples for the regional finals next week.
Warner handles Lake Mary Prep
Marcus Dixon ran for 150 yards with two touchdowns to lead Warner Christian Academy past Lake Mary Prep 48-7 in the Class 2A regional finals.
Dixon ran for 122 yards with two scores in the first half alone.
Warner will host Jacksonville University Christian next week in the semifinals with a trip to the state championship on the line.
The Eagles are making their fifth consecutive trip to the state semifinals. Tyrone Walker also had two interception return touchdowns for the Eagles.
Lake Mary Prep’s Ray Lewis III ran for 92 yards with a touchdown, all in the first half as injuries kept him out of the second half.
Drew Eckles added 87 yards passing and two touchdown passes to Bentlee Critcher, who caught four passes for 56 yards and Khalil Hicks ran for a score for Warner.
This week’s playoff games
Mainland (9-3) at Naples (11-0): The Buccaneers face another stiff challenge on the road with the Naples High School Golden Eagles. Mainland has won two shootouts so far this postseason. The teams have history as they played in last year’s regional final with Mainland winning. The Bucs also beat Naples in the 2003 state championship.
Mainland must continue to thrive offensively with Hadley under center. The defense must also get stingier if, they are to make it to the next round. Naples feature a top-notch running back in Manny Morgan and quarterback Kilton Anderson is a dual threat.
Jacksonville University (11-1) Christian at Warner (11-1): The University Christians are on a high after upsetting defending state champion Tallahassee North Florida Christian last week. In that game, University made all the big plays. University is on a seven-game winning streak and Warner is on an eight-game streak. Warner has played a tougher schedule and will be favored at home. The Eagles must continue to be stingy on defense and get turnovers. On offense, they must take care of the ball ride their workhorse Marcus Dixon.
Girls basketball: Atlantic and Lopez to play
The top two programs in Volusia County will face off at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach on Dec. 10. Father Lopez and Atlantic will square of in the “Battle of the Best.’’
The two teams stood undefeated as of Monday; both are ranked in the state polls and both are expecting to compete for state titles.
Four Division I recruits will be in that game as Atlantic has University of Florida commit Ronni Williams while Lopez has George Washington commit Shannon Crenshaw, Southern Miss commit Ashley Folsom and Liberty commit Simone Brown.
Tip off is at 7 p.m. and admission is $5. For tickets, contact Mrs. Cindy Golk at Atlantic High School at 386-322-6100.
Prep Sports Seven Basketball
Girls: 1. Father Lopez (4-0), 2. Atlantic (4-0), 3. DeLand (3-0), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (0-1), 5. Seabreeze (1-0), 6. Spruce Creek (2-2), 7. Trinity (1-3). Others: New Smyrna (2-3), Warner (1-1), Calvary (1-1).
Pre-Season Boys: 1. Father Lopez, 2. DeLand, 3. Mainland, 4. Flagler Palm Coast, 5. Atlantic, 6. New Smyrna, 7. Spruce Creek.