Powell leads Deerfield Beach to shutout


Special to The Miami Herald

In a battle of two longtime rivals, host Deerfield Beach dominated Blanche Ely 19-0 on Saturday at Butler Stadium.

Running back Brandon Powell rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns for Deerfield Beach (2-3) in the nondistrict game.

“Brandon Powell is very special,” Bucks coach Allen Jackson said. “We wanted to protect this house. This was a big win for us.”

In the first quarter, both defenses controlled the tempo as both Deerfield Beach and Ely battled for quality field position. Midway in the second quarter, the Bucks were set up with good field position after a poor Ely punt at the Tigers’ 45-yard line.

Deerfield Beach capitalized as Powell capped off the eight-play drive with a 1-yard run to put the Bucks up 6-0 at the break. Ely ended the half with one first down and 27 total yards on offense.

Ely’s (4-2) defense continued to struggle stopping the run as Powell added his second touchdown late in the third quarter to up the Bucks lead to 12-0.

The Tigers made a switch at quarterback to Tyquan Fields. With the no-huddle offense, Fields was able to move the Tigers down the field, but they unable to score on fourth-and-6 on a fade pass into the end zone.

Powell and fellow running back Aeron McNeal continued to wear down the Tigers’ defense. McNeal capped off the game on a 14-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. McNeal finished with 114 rushing yards.

“They were just a physical team tonight,” Ely coach Charles Hafley Jr. said. “[Our] inexperience showed up tonight.”

•  Archbishop McCarthy 31, Barrington Christian 20: Archbishop McCarthy’s (5-1) Frantz Petitpapa is listed as the team’s running back, free safety and kick returner, but against Barrington Christian (0-6) he fulfilled his duty as team captain by leading the Mavericks to a victory.

Petitpapa finished with 110 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns. He also added an interception on defense.

Barrington Christian’s Jarrell Holmes led his team with 71 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards. Holmes caught a 9-yard touchdown pass, as well.



•  University 42, Leesburg 3: The Suns (6-0) remained unbeaten led by quarterback Michael White’s 301 yards passing and four touchdowns on 17 of 20 attempts. Jordan Cunningham caught five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and D.J. Taylor finished with seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. LaJuan Hunt ran the ball nine times for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Skai Moore led the Suns defense with eight tackles and a forced fumble.

Brandon Boyce had six tackles and a sack, Nick Internicola had five tackles and two pass breakups and Jalen Battle finished with five tackles and an interception.

•  Bradenton Manatee 42, Cypress Bay 20: The Lightning (4-2) totaled 322 yards on 52 carries, an average of more than 6 yards per attempt, and 256 rushing yards in the second half.

Matt Dayes (156 yards) and Marquese Dudley-Gordon (112 yards) took turns gutting Manatee up the middle or zipping around the ends, while quarterback Tay Lewis (47 yards on nine carries) wasn’t easy to bring down, either.

Luckily for Manatee (6-0), its prolific offense kept humming even without Anthony Lauro, the senior running back/wide receiver who will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery earlier this week.

Cypress Bay closed to within 14-7 in the third quarter and had the ball on its own 36 before a holding call, a false start and an intentional grounding penalty backed the Lighting up 33 yards and forced a punt. Manatee scored moments later when Cord Sandberg hit a wide open Marquel Hines for a 22-yard touchdown strike with 3:43 left in the period.

And after Dayes fumbled on the first play of Cypress Bay’s next drive — the Lightning committed three turnovers — Sandberg and Hines struck again. This time, Hines took a lateral, sprinted up the right sideline and capped the 13-yard touchdown run by diving and hitting the pylon. Consequently, Manatee took a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter.


•  Fort Lauderdale 25, Piper 6: The Flying L’s (3-3) ended their two-game losing streak at Piper Field. Senior quarterback Derrick Warren ran for 45 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 69 more yards.

Running backs Nick Ferrara and Kenja James combined for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

“The players believing in us coaches and the system, is what ended this losing streak,” said Fort Lauderdale coach Richard Dunbar. “I’m so proud of them.”

Piper struggled all night as quarterback Jesse Borrows missed his first six passes and threw a late fourth-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown.

He was replaced late in the game by Valentino Bain.


• North Palm Beach Benjamin 41, Pine Crest 26: Sophomore Zach Smith completed 12 of 27 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns, but the Panthers (6-1) suffered their first loss of the season after falling behind by two touchdowns early.

•  More Late Friday scores: North Broward Prep 37, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman 26; Highlands Christian 20, Jupiter Christian 14; Boca Raton Pope John Paul II 38, Coral Springs Charter 14; Coral Springs Christian 18, WPB Summit Christian 12.



Sheridan Hills Christian at Greater Miami Academy, 5:30

Cardinal Gibbons at Douglas, 4:30

Taravella at Pompano Beach, 4:30

South Plantation at West Broward, 4:30


Posnack vs. Hillel (Brian Piccolo), 4


District 21-2A at Deercreek Golf Course

District 21-1A at Winston Trails: 11 a.m.

District 22-1A at Jacaranda East: 8 a.m.


District 21-2A at Deercreek Golf Course

District 22-2A at Bonaventure: 8 a.m.

District 21-1A at Atlantis CC: 11 a.m.

District 22-1A at Jacaranda East: 8 a.m.

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