Flanagan 21, Everglades 20

Late touchdowns key in Flanagan’s win over Everglades

 

Special to the Miami Herald

Flanagan was down 20-7 in the fourth quarter, but Ryan Stanley hooked up with Emonee Spence for two late touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a 21-20 home win against district foe Everglades on Friday night.

Flanagan (6-0, 2-0 District 12-8A) has now put itself in position to make its first playoffs with its two district wins against Cypress Bay and Everglades.

With a physical running game and 17 first downs, Everglades (3-3, 1-2) ate up the clock and played keep-away from the Falcons’ high-powered, quick-strike offense for three quarters, but after the Gators scored to make it a two-possession game, the Falcons woke up.

First Stanly hit Spence deep down the sideline for a 43-yard strike and on the next possession he fired a bullet for a 13-yard score on a slant that gave Flanagan the lead with 2:44 to play.

“No one in the state of Florida can cover Emonee Spence,” Stanley said. “That first bomb I just threw it with him open. And that second slant, we were on the goal line, I saw they were blitzing. I just checked to him to run a slant, and I just hit him.”

Added first-year head coach Devin Bush: “That connection was big for us… I just think we were finally able to get on the same page.”

Stanley finished 12 for 20 for 195 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while Spence caught four balls for 74 yards.

Flanagan wide receiver Chris Keal, who was playing defense on the final Everglades drive, registered a third-down sack that sealed the deal and kept the Falcons unbeaten.

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