In a preseason tilt between the North Broward Prep Eagles and the Pine Crest Panthers on Thursday, the Eagles’ ability to capitalize off of mistakes proved to be the difference as a costly turnover by the Panthers in the third quarter and defensive stops in the fourth quarter secured the 20-19 Eagles’ win at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale.
The first half was an offensive struggle as the Eagles held a 7-6 lead.
“Our guys responded from halftime and I am happy that they did,” said North Broward Prep coach Rex Nottage.
A 36-yard touchdown run by David Leibowitz gave the Panthers a 13-7 lead. The Eagles countered with two consecutive touchdowns as Kevin Bush threw a 75-yard touchdown to receiver Damon Arnette and added a 1-yard touchdown run, which was set up by an interception on defense, to give the Eagles a 20-13 lead.
Pine Crest added a touchdown in the fourth quarter but was unable to convert on the two-point conversion to take the lead.
• Krop 30, Flanagan 23: Dr Krop and Quarter Back Keon Roman defeated the Flanagan Falcons 30-23 Thursday night in front of 200 fans at Falcon Stadium.
“We felt like the connection was there from last year, and we plan on showing what we can do,” Sophomore Jovon Durante said.
Keon Romon threw for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 201 of yards going to Durante. Falcon Quarter Back Ryan Stanley threw 25 for 44 with 217 yards and 1 touchdown.
• St Thomas Aquinas 30, Dillard 7: The Raiders jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter behind a pair of touchdown runs by Fred Coppet who scored on an eight yard run for a 7-0 lead and a 27-yard touchdown run.That was pretty much the night for Coppet who rushed for 40 yards on four carries. Deltron Sands rushed for 50 yards on nine carries.
The Raiders went up 30-0 on a 34-yard touchdown pass from backup QB Drew Domino to Brendyn Price. The Raiders were staring at a 4th and 27 on the play. Domino threw a strike to Price that bounced off his facemask, but kept traveling forward. Price didn’t quit and caught it about ten yards downfield and sprinted in for the score.
Up next though is a much stiffer test in Columbus which features a number of high major recruits.
“Our kids are jacked up,” St. Thomas coach Rocco Casullo said. “They [had] a lot of good energy for that first game.”
• Plantation 48, Stranahan 6: Chris Lammons tossed three touchdown passes, scored on a 27-yard run and even scored on a two-point conversion as the Colonels’ offense gained 327 total yards. The junior went 6-for-10 for 145 yards, including TD scores of 32, 17, and 17 yards to running back Jovante Ham, Ravian Pierce, and Solomon Loud. Ham led all rushers with 53 yards on seven carries, including a 27-yard score.
The Colonels defense held the Dragons to 103 total yards, with 59 of them coming in one play on a Valentino Jean rush on a fake punt. The play eventually led to Stranahan’s lone score on a five-yard touchdown pass from Darrius McFadden to Bryce Brown to cut Plantation’s lead to 14-6.
The Colonels then went on to score three unanswered touchdowns for a 35-6 halftime lead; most of the second half was played on a running clock. Special teams also had a hand in the scoring when Antwuan Haynes scored on a 47-yard punt return for the game’s first score.
Westminster Academy 21, Summit Christian 8: Spencer Faliba ran 120 yards and scored 2 TDs for the Lions
St Thomas Aquinas d. Spanish River 25-10, 25-10: Nikki Lyons 10 kills, 4 digs. Bridgette Villano 3 kills, 3 digs. Mackenzie Zielinski 15 assists.
St Thomas Aquinas d. West Boca 25-17, 25-17: Allison Belanger 12 kills, 5 digs. Brooke Lyons 10 kills. Ana Pedraza 9 digs.