Jamal Patterson returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score and Deerfield Beach never looked back, dropping a 46-6 beatdown on rival Blanche Ely at Ely High School.
Deerfield Beach, following last week’s 37-0 shutout of Northeast, clearly established itself as a major player in the Class 8A picture when the playoffs commence in November.
“We know we have something really special here, and tonight we definitely felt like we sent a message to everyone else,” said Bucks running back Aeron McNeal, who led all rushers in the game with 69 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. “We came out full throttle tonight and really took it to them early and now we know how special we can be.”
Following Patterson’s score, the Bucks showed no mercy as they put three more touchdowns up to lead 26-0 before the first-quarter water break had even been taken.
The lone Ely highlight of the night came when Laderrick Smith took the ensuing kickoff back 91 yards for a score to make it 26-6.
But Deerfield never took its foot off the pedal, scoring three more times in the second quarter. The last touchdown was a 60-yard scoring toss from Danarious Graham to Justin Morgan right before halftime, making it 46-6.
The Bucks’ defense recorded seven turnovers — four fumble recoveries and three interceptions, two by Brandon Powell and one by Artez Levine.
Following the Tigers’ opening second-half possession, the game resorted to a running clock and eventually plenty of substitutions.
“This is a great crosstown rivalry and we just did a great job of jumping out on them early and never letting them back in the game,” Deerfield Beach coach Allen Jackson said. “It wasn’t so much about sending a message to anyone else other than we just wanted to come out and take care of our own business. We still have a long season ahead.”
DEERFIELD BEACH 46, BLANCHE ELY 6
DB- Patterson 93 kickoff return (Gonzalez kick)
DB- Powell 8 run (Gonzalez kick)
DB- McNeal 8 run (kick blocked)
DB- Morgan 55 fumble return (run failed)
BE- Smith 91 kickoff return (run failed)
DB- Powell 2 run (Gonzalez kick)
DB- McNeal 24 run (Gonzalez kick)
DB- Morgan 60 pass from Graham (kick blocked)
Rushing (att-yds) -- DB: Graham 2-(-4), Evans 2-(-3), Pierre 4-15, Powell 10-40, McNeal 10-69. BE : Moffett Jr. 9-(-21), Walker 1-(-2), Blands Jr. 8-34, Williams 17-84.
Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- DB: Levine 0-1-1, 0, Graham 3-8-0, 109. BE : Moffett Jr. 10-24-3, 60.
Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- DB: Patterson 1-24, Powell 1-25, Morgan 1-60. BE : McKenzie 1-3, Blands Jr. 1-6, Smith 2-7, Rawls 1-9, Olibrice 2-16, Williams 3-19.