BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Mainland High School had its state title hopes end with a 33-7 loss to Miami Carol City in the Class 6A Region 4 Final last week at Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium.
Cameron Davis ran for 157 yards with three touchdowns for Carol City.
It is the fourth straight year that the Buccaneers lost in this round and fourth straight year to a team from Miami.
Miami Central defeated Mainland in 2014-2015 (Regional final) and 2013 (State semifinal). Central won state titles in all three seasons.
Carol City plays in the same district with Central and defeated Central, helping to keep the Miami team out of the playoffs.
Carol City (9-3) scored on the games’ opening possession behind Davis’ 29-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.
The Carol City Chiefs led 14-0 in the first quarter after Marvin Smith hit Kevaughn Dingle for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
Mainland (11-1) got within 14-7 when Denzel Houston found Brian Jenkins for an eight-yard score late in the opening period.
Carol City pushed its lead to 27-7 at halftime.
The Chiefs held the Buccaneers to just 184 total yards.
Houston, a dual-threat quarterback, left the game in the second quarter due to an injury. He returned in the second half but couldn’t do much.
Semifinals for Chiefs
The Bucs turned to Jason Colubiale and All-American safety Cyrus Fagan. The Mainland defense buckled down and held the Chiefs to 49 yards in the second half.
Dingle finished with six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs.
Smith threw for 51 yards with a score while Lorenzo Floyd threw for 93 yards for Carol City.
Houston threw for 74 yards for Mainland.
C.J. Wilson added 39 yards rushing and Jenkins caught five passes for 27 yards for the Buccaneers.
Carol City hosts Charlotte in the semifinals on Dec. 2 with a trip to the Class 6A championship game on the line.
There is no need for the Buccaneers to hang their heads. They lost to a good football team. This game was hyped up on social media and Daytona had a big turnout to support Mainland.
The Buccaneers were the pride of Daytona and Volusia County the entire week. Mainland struggled offensively without Houston. The Chiefs also won the game by dominating up front on both sides of the ball.
Carol City linebacker Moris Lugo caused havoc. The Chiefs defense was able to get to Houston while their offense was able to run on the Bucs’ stingy defense. Mainland will again reload for next year and shoot for a state title.
On to basketball
The Atlantic Sharks boys’ basketball team (3-0) opened the season with wins over Longwood Lyman, Pierson Taylor and New Smyrna. Star guard Stacy Beckton stood out as well as Lee Williams, Tyrell Brown, Jacquez Davis, Tyresse Seals and DeAndre Harbee.
Atlantic played the top ranked team in Central Florida in Orlando First Academy on Nov. 28.
The Sharks host Mainland on Dec. 7. During the game, they will participate in the Samaritan Speaks “100 Shoes for 100 Souls’’ charity event.
Both team coaches in David Howard, Sr. (Atlantic) and Landis McCoy (Mainland) will coach in bare feet. Following the game, 100 shoes will be donated to children. All game proceeds will go toward the cause.
“We always ask the community to support us, so I always ask my team to give back,” Howard said.