Spring football games highlight end-of-year prep action
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Despite six turnovers, Mainland still beat Orange City University 28-12 in its spring game on May 25. Anthony Williams had 224 total yards and three total touchdowns for the Buccaneers. Kaylo Hannah also had 99 receiving yards and Adrian Killins added both a receiving and rushing score for Mainland. Chris Negron threw for 104 yards with a touchdown and ran for another to lead the University Titans.
Dontay Dunn ran for 128 yards while Poochie Pitts ran for two scores to lead DeLand to a 14-13 win over Orlando Boone.
Connor Blair threw for 139 yards with a touchdown and one interception for all in the first half for Seabreeze in a 28-19 loss to Titusville Astronaut on May 22. Josh Stevens ran for 90 yards with a score and Rashoud Floyd caught a 36-yard touchdown pass for the Sandcrabs.
Astronaut took the lead for good at 20-17 on Brandon Wright’s 57-yard touchdown run in the first half. Wright finished with 169 (108 rushing, 61 passing) total yards in three quarters for the War Eagles.
Warner and Trinity win despite weather
Demarius Tillman ran for 125 yards with two scores to help Warner Christian Academy take down Atlantic 20-0. The game was called due to lighting after two quarters. Atlantic’s C.J. Jones was held to just 40 yards rushing by the Eagles defense. Drew Eckles added a touchdown run for Warner.
Deltona Trinity Christian Academy handled Jacksonville Harvest Community 35-7 on May 23. Tyler Azziz ran for 111 yards with three touchdowns to lead Trinity. The Eagles ran for 253 yards with five touchdowns; they outgained Harvest Community 314-74 in total yardage for the game. Malik Taylor added 62 yards rushing with a score for Trinity.
The game was delayed two hours due to lighting and ended after three quarters.
Deltona triumphs; Smyrna, Pine Ridge fall
Kevin Bramhal threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Rudy St. German’s with 9.7 seconds remaining to lift Palm Beach Central to a 26-24 win over New Smyrna Beach on May 23. Terrill Jefferson ran for two touchdowns and Marcus Johnson ran for a score for the NSB Barracudas.
Brian Neives ran for 147 yards with a touchdown to help Deltona beat Pierson Taylor 20-3 in their spring game. The Wolves also put up a solid defensive effort.
Sam Norman added a touchdown run and Jacob Lacy returned a fumble 52 yards for a score for Deltona. Freddy Galvin kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Taylor Wildcats.
Pine Ridge was shutout by Melbourne Eau Gallie 47-0. The Commodores defense didn’t allow the Panthers to get past midfield. The two teams will also open the regular season against each other on Aug. 30 in Deltona.
Flagler schools victorious
Palm Coast Matanzas topped Jacksonville Cedar Creek 14-0 and Jacksonville Potter House 20-0. The Pirates played both teams for two quarters. Stefan Tucker tallied 100 yards rushing with two touchdowns while Marcus Cooper totaled 100 receiving yards with two scores for Matanzas.
Two defensive touchdowns propelled Flagler Palm Coast to a 14-13 win over St. Johns Bartram Trail. The game was decided on a missed field goal attempt from Bartram Trail as time expired. Kyle Oliver had an interception return touchdown and Jimmie Robinson returned a fumble for a score for FPC.