Broward High Schools

Coral Springs’ Jake Bofshever leads Colts to playoffs

Coral Springs' Jake Bofshever (12) runs past Douglas' Daniel Creseitelli (33) in Coral Springs on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
Coral Springs' Jake Bofshever (12) runs past Douglas' Daniel Creseitelli (33) in Coral Springs on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Miami Herald Staff

In a game that featured two of the best quarterbacks in Broward County, host Coral Springs’ Jake Bofshever and Douglas’ Brett Israel, the game certainly lived up to its pregame hype.

Coral Springs rallied from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit and defeated Douglas 35-21 Friday night to earn a trip to the playoffs as they finished in second place in District 11-8A.

Bofshever won the game for the Colts with his feet. The senior rushed for 141 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also completed 8 of 18 passes for 102 yards and another score. He did not turn the ball over. David Goodwin had his best game of the season as he rushed for 157 yards on 16 carries for the Colts.

“It was a real competitive game, you could see that. The score is not reflective of how good the game actually was,” Bofshever said. “It is hard to describe how hard we fought and clawed our way back and how we made play after play to stay in the game.”

With the Colts leading 28-21 in the fourth quarter, the Colts had a huge third down in the Eagles’ end of the field. All of Bofshever’s receivers were covered and he stayed in the pocket as long as possible, but he knew he had to turn it up field and make a play. He rambled 33 yards for the touchdown that put the game away and clinched the Pig Bowl for the Colts (6-3, 4-2).

Colts coach Rashad West is certainly a big believer in Bofshever’s abilities.

“There is nothing more that can be said about Jake that has not already been said,” West said after the game. “It falls on his shoulders to keep the chains moving, and if he does it with his arm or if he does it with his feet, he just has to make sure that it gets done.”

Bofshever was very complimentary to Israel, whom he credits as being his best friend. Israel took the loss hard and was clearly shaken after the loss. Israel finished 17 of 34 for 242 yards, but threw two fourth-quarter interceptions, both coming on fourth downs, that clearly changed the outcome of the game.

“My team needed me to be a better leader tonight, and I did not get the job done,” Israel said.

The Eagles (6-3, 3-3) were penalized in key situations that could have resulted in first downs. They committed 10 penalties on the night. The offensive line also missed blocks and allowed Israel to get sacked six times.

“We had a chance to do something that we have not been able to do in seven years, and that was make the playoffs,” Israel said. “We just could not get it done.’’

Goodwin, meanwhile, rushed for a career high to help keep the chains moving for the Colts which meant that Israel could not get his hands on the ball with time winding down in the second half. Goodwin ripped off consecutive runs of 24, 16 and 28 yardss late in the game to keep the Eagles offense on the sidelines.

“He did pretty well for this being his first season of high school football,” West said. “It took him a little while to pick up our offense, but once he did, he certainly gets the most out of every carry. He had a heck of a game tonight.”

The Eagles wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. On the second play from scrimmage, Khalil Herbert took the hand off from Israel and dashed 60 yards for the score. Herbert finished the game with 98 yards on 13 carries to lead Douglas.

Bofshever quickly answered for the Colts as he engineered a 10-play, 78-yard drive that was highlighted by a spectacular, third-down roll-out as Bofshever, bought enough time to hit Evans Metellus with a 22-yard pass and a first down. Three plays later Goodwin took it the final 9 yards to tie things up at 7.

“That play was huge for us. It clearly set the tone for the game,” West said.

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