Kickoff Classic are high school footballs definition of final exams.
And with the start of the 2018 football season a week away, fine tuning becomes all important.
Deerfield Beach and Fort Lauderdale were the two winners in the two games played at Deerfield Beach High on Thursday.
Led by junior quarterback Derohn King and junior running back Jaylan Knighton, Deerfield Beach defeated Stranahan 40-0, while Fort Lauderdale was a 24-0 victor over Dr. Krop.
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King passed for three touchdowns, including a 42-yard first-half scoring strike to junior wide receiver Deajaun McDougle. Knighton added 88 yards on 11 carries and a 4-yard touchdown.
“Defensively after our first series we picked up things up with our energy,” Deerfield coach Jevon Glenn said. “I was pleased with the offense because though we stayed basic we did a good job executing.”
After the first series, the Bucks scored on four of their next five possessions. They added two more scores to start the second half coming on a 8-yard run by Jaziun Patterson and a 15-yard scoring run by Miles Dickens.
McDougle had two receiving scores and Marcus Lafrance had one.
Junior running back Teron Brooks rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries to lead the Flying L’s. His highlight reel included a 90-yard scamper around right end on the third play of the fourth quarter.
“Our players are more receptive to what we are trying to teach them,” Fort Lauderdale coach Richard Dunbar said. “We’re playing more like a team and there’s been no push back where we’ve had to deal with in the past.”
“We are a young football team and we are trying to establish our identity,” first year Dr. Krop coach Tommy Caporale said. “
Lightning quarterback Dewrell Murdock did throw for 62 yards on five completions, but as a team they were held to 29 yards.
Deerfield begins its quest for a Class 8A state title at Chaminade-Madonna, while Stranahan plays at Blanche Ely.
Fort Lauderdale opens the regular season at Archbishop McCarthy, while Dr. Krop opens at Miami Beach.