Freshman Marquis Williams watched a blocked field goal hover into his hands and danced daringly through the West Broward defense for a 61-yard touchdown return in the first half of Coconut Creek’s 69-0 victory Thursday at Flanagan.
The Cougars (1-1) held the Bobcats (0-2) to 31 yards and tallied three punt-return touchdowns in the first half alone, while holding the Bobcats to 26 yards in the second half.
Cougars quarterback Jhakari Harrison threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter and finished 12 for 16 for 279 yards and five touchdown passes.
“I have my receivers, and we just play football and execute our plays,” Harrison said. “Nobody can stop us when we are executing. We put in the work at practice. The receiving core I have works hard running routes after practice.”
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Binjimin Victor caught three passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Emmanuel Greene had three catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
“We just came out, executed, and had a good time,” Victor said. “Jhakari is a good quarterback and gives us the ball in the air.”
Williams also had an interception, while Alexy Jean-Baptiste, Greene and David Wanliss had sacks. Trayvon Mullen caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and had a 68-yard punt return for a score in the victory. Malek Young scored on a 65-yard punt return and a 14-yard run for the Cougars. Kermit Silva had a 16-yard, scoop-and-score fumble recovery in the second quarter.
Trevor Taulien had a sack in the loss.
“Last week we got punched in the mouth, and I don’t think we responded well,” Cougars coach Kareem Reid said. “So I wanted those guys to be physical and take everything they did in practice to the game, and they did that [Thursday night].”
Coconut Creek faces Nova next Friday. West Broward plays at Piper next Friday.
“Jhakari is a kid that can throw it,” Reid said. “He can spin it really good. He should have a pretty good grasp of what we are doing.”