Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn was expecting to play four tough quarters against nationally-ranked Chaminade in Thursday night’s preseason classic.
But before the teams played a down, Lions coach Dameon Jones called an audible, requesting the second half be played with a pair of six-minute quarters and a running clock to avoid any serious injuries.
So if you want to explain to your friends who won Thursday’s game here’s one way: Chaminade led 7-3 at the half, rested their starters to avoid injury over the final two quarters and then lost a game that won’t count on the final play of the game with Deerfield’s starters still in the game.
Senior receiver Jaycob Williams caught the game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Tyron Herring to win it for the Bucks 10-7.
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“Kind of a waste of time,” Glenn said. “Dameon is my guy, but I’m never doing that again. At the end of the day I got 70 kids that don’t get to play. But it was a pretty good practice for both teams. You can’t really call it a game.”
Chaminade star running back Shaun Shivers scored on a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put the Lions up 7-0. The Auburn commitment finished with 31 yards on eight carries.
The Bucks scored their only points of the first half on a 23-yard field goal by junior kicker Linden Rivera.
Sophomore tailback Jaylan Knighton had 29 yards on eight carries to lead Deerfield’s offense, which had receivers drop a handful of balls.
Next week Deerfield will open the season against nationally-ranked Carol City next Friday at Traz Powell Stadium. Chaminade plays Miami Central on Thursday at Traz.
MORE PRESEASON FOOTBALL
▪ Casteel leads Aquinas: Junior quarterback Curt Casteel threw three touchdown passes including a 70-yarder to Georgia commit Elijah Moore and a 43-yarder to Virginia commit Tavares Kelly to lead the No. 5-nationally ranked Raiders to a 39-0 victory over visiting Dillard. Aquinas will open the season against California powerhouse St. John Bosco, also ranked in the top five nationally in multiple polls, next Friday at home.
▪ Palmetto wins big: Coming off its first playoff season in eight years, the Panthers picked up where they left off with a 37-0 rout of the host Lightning at Ives Estates Park.
Wide receiver and FIU commitment Ivan Thomas and running back and FAU commitment Trey Flowers each scored touchdowns to lead Palmetto’s offense. Safety Eddie Williams, who is also being offered by FAU, led a strong defensive effort along with Cornelius Nunn, Jizreel Jeudy and Zack Etienne who scored a defensive touchdown.
Quarterback Cairiq Rackley threw a pair of touchdown passes.
The Panthers open the season next Friday against Hialeah-Miami Lakes at 3:30 p.m. at Southridge.
▪ Rockets rout Dwyer: Miami Central running back and former FSU commit James Cook scored two touchdowns to lead Miami Central to its 35-6 blowout win over Palm Beach powerhouse Dwyer at Traz Powell Stadium.
Central opens the season against reigning Class 3A runner-up Chaminade-Madonna at 7 p.m. Thursday.
▪ More scores: Coconut Creek 26, Braddock 0; Miami High 45, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0; NSU University School 35, Nova 0; Cooper City 10, Flanagan 6.
PRESEASON GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL
▪ Ransom Everglades d. Chaminade-Madonna, 21-25, 22-25: Danielle Franzosa: 14 digs, 3 service points; Amanda Allende: 8 digs, 5 kills; Carly Price: 13 assists, 7 service points, 2 blocks.
▪ Chaminade-Madonna d. Archbishop McCarthy, 13-25, 25-21, 15-13: Amanda Allende: 10 kills, 7 service points, 4 digs, 3 blocks; Carly Price: 21 assists, 3 blocks; Kristen Rodriguez: 8 digs, 6 kills, 5 service points.
▪ Reagan d. LaSalle, 25-10, 25-15: Andrea Bernal 7 kills, 3 digs; Ivana Brull 4 kills 2 aces; Wilnelis Giusti 10 assists; Isabella Pacheco 4 aces.
▪ Terra d. Krop, 25-14, 25-16