Dillard built a commanding 26-8 second-quarter lead over Stephenville (Texas) in the Lone Star Sports High School Football Classic in Texas on Saturday before it all came apart.
The Yellow Jackets (2-1) seized control of the game for good by outscoring the Panthers 35-6 in the second half and beat Dillard 43-32.
Falling to 0-2, the Panthers wasted a dominant defensive effort from 6-4 defensive end Arthur Kennedy and linebacker Randy Ramsey. Kennedy had three sacks and Ramsey added two sacks, including a forced fumble on four-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham and subsequent 97-yard return for a touchdown.
“The game changed coming out of halftime,” Kennedy said.
“The coaches warned us about it, but we had the feeling that we had already won. We were up 26-21 and came out a little sluggish and they scored a quick touchdown.”
Dillard coach Lorenzo Davis said the Texas heat played a huge role in his team wearing down in the second half.
The Panthers play Coconut Creek on Friday at 7 p.m.
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Andrew James caught two passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. James also returned a kickoff for a long touchdown.
Sparked by a second-place finish from a rejuvenated Manuel Velasquez, the St. Thomas Aquinas boys’ team looked every bit state championship material in winning the Mountain Dew Invitational title in Gainesville.
Velasquez clocked 15:42 to lead a 2-17-21-27 finish with Matthew Butler (16:25), Alexander Haugen (16:29) and Bryce Statham (16:39).
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BOYS’ GOLFAmerican Heritage 281, Ponte Vedra 285, Bartram Trail 292, Benjamin School 295, Spruce Creek 299 (Titan Invitational at Ocean Hammock par 72): Late Friday – Lakewood Ranch 281, Columbus 294 (Ida Baker Bulldog Tournament Coral Oaks Country Club par 72):
GIRLS’ GOLFAmerican Heritage 571, Archbishop McCarthy 628, Cypress Bay 635, Benjamin School 636:
BOYS’ SWIMMINGBelen Jesuit 129, Keys Gate 86: Late Friday – Coral Gables 90, Krop 79:
GIRLS’ SWIMMINGLate Friday – Coral Gables 103, Krop 59: