Palmetto 35, Sunset 7

Palmetto’s Desean Cannon scores twice en route to victory over Sunset


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Palmetto receiver Desean Cannon scored two long touchdowns — one a 58-yard catch on a seam route before halftime, and the other a 40-yard punt return in the fourth quarter that put the score out of reach — as Palmetto (2-0) beat Sunset at Tropical Park.

Cannon finished with two receptions for 76 yards, and quarterback Matt Coll went 9 for 17 for 145 yards.

Coll, after shaking off an early interception, had the one passing touchdown to Cannon and ran for another score on a 2-yard sneak.

“Matt is probably one of the top premier quarterbacks in this area that no one knows about,” Palmetto coach Matthew Dixon said. “He has a great arm, can move around the pocket well, makes some great reads.”

Palmetto’s Dwayne Pruitt was responsible for two scores. He blocked a punt that resulted in teammate Rawshawn Hope picking it up and scoring the first touchdown of the game. Pruitt later ran for a touchdown from 37 yards.

The Panthers’ defense registered five sacks, forced six fumbles and recovered two of them. The one touchdown they surrendered came on a 30-yard quarterback keeper by Sunset’s Juwel Leguerre.

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