Local teams kick off prep football action
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Warner Christian Academy dominated Kissimmee Avant Garde Academy 36-0 during Warner’s Kickoff Classic game on Aug. 18 at Jim Johnson Stadium in South Daytona. The regular season games start on Aug. 25.
“We started late because of the weather. Tonight we just wanted to get some work in and improve on some things,” said Warner Head Coach Chris Green.
Jamal Holmes’ 50-yard punt return gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
James Howard’s yard-interception return put Warner up 22-0 in the second quarter. (The two-point attempt was converted).
Sophomore Marvin Scott , who led Volusia County in rushing yards for the past two seasons, ran for 52 yards on two carries with two scores for the Eagles.
Marcel Fonua added a 51-yard touchdown run for Warner.
Warner travels to Jacksonville to face Eagles View in their season opener on Aug. 25.
“We are going to be challenged. It will be a tough game. We are very excited and looking forward,” added Green.
D.J. Kilgore threw for 130 yards with two touchdowns to help Halifax Academy defeat Orlando Agape Christian 20-6.
Toure Mack added a 45-yard touchdown reception and Treyvon Thompson caught a touchdown pass for the Knights.
Halifax’s defense shined led by Jude Thorne (six total tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, two safeties).
The Knights defense recorded three safeties.
Spruce Creek falls
Jacquez Lord ran for 195 yards with a touchdown but Spruce Creek lost to Sanford Seminole 35-21.
The Hawks’ defense, which was their strength last season, gave up 370 total yards, including 225 on the ground.
Kyle Minckler threw for 152 yards with two scores. Cameron Cole added eight catches for 82 yards with a touchdown and Maximus Campbell had seven receptions for 49 yards with a score for Creek.
Mainland loses too
Tank Dell had seven catches for 99 yards and a score but Mainland was taken down by Apopka by a score of 26-14.
Jake Novello threw for 254 yards with a score and two interceptions, Latavies Sylvester added a touchdown run and Florida State commit D’Marcus Adams had three catches for 110 yards for the Buccaneers.
Kickoff Classic scores
Titusville 17, Seabreeze 14; Crescent City 45, Atlantic 32; Pierson Taylor 28, St. Josephs 7; Father Lopez 7, Taylor 7; St. Josephs 14, Father Lopez 10; Deltona 23, Lake Minneola 20; Pine Ridge 40, Deltona Trinity 0; Mt. Dora 34, New Smyrna 25; University at DeLand (rained out); Flagler Palm Coast 35, Gainesville Eastside 14; Jacksonville Ed White 14, Matanzas 0.
This week’s to games
Matanzas at Flagler Palm Coast: The Travis Roland era begins at FPC in the battle of Palm Coast/Flagler County. Matanzas has won the last two meetings. Both teams will rely on their skilled players. The Pirates are thin with 41 players on roster. The game may come down to who plays better up front.
Mainland at DeLand at Spec Martin Stadium: The mighty Mainland Buccaneers look to bounce while the Bulldogs are glad to hit the field as this rivalry opens the season. Can DeLand move the ball on Mainland’s stout defense? Mainland has plenty of weapons on offense, especially at receiver. The Bucs also will have to take care of the ball this week.
Taylor at Halifax at Ormond Beach Sports Complex: This small school game is interesting and could be a good one. The Knights feel like they’ve improved and looked good last week in preseason action. Taylor is a team that can score points. Both teams have skilled players on offense. Defense could be the key to victory for both teams.
Seabreeze at Spruce Creek at Spruce Creek High: The Seabreeze Sandcrabs believe that they are improved and the Hawks will provide them a big test. Spruce Creek’s offense is more potent but their defense, which was their strength last year, needs to play better this week.
Prep Sports Seven (Preseason)
1. Mainland, 2. University. 3. Spruce Creek, 4. Deltona, 5. Matanzas, 6. Trinity, 7. Taylor