There was nothing complicated about Flanagan's game plan Friday night:
Stop Deerfield Beach's quarterback. And stop the Bucks' speedy receiver.
The Falcons did both, and as a result are on their way to the Region 3-8A final.
Flanagan completely overwhelmed host Deerfield Beach defensively in a 17-0 rout Friday, earning a date with top-ranked Delray Beach Atlantic next weekend.
A tenacious Flanagan (9-2) defensive front limited Deerfield (10-2) to just three first downs and 74 yards of offense, all but erasing the dangerous combination of Teddrick Moffett and Jerry Jeudy.
Moffett completed just 5 of 16 passes for 29 yards and an interception. Jeudy caught one pass for 7 yards.
"It was pretty awesome," said Flanagan coach Devin Bush. "We just played like we've been playing all year."
Added quarterback Kalyn Nelson: "The defense was crazy. All week, they were watching film for hours at time. It makes it way easy for us to win the game when we don't have to put up many points."
Nelson was right. The Falcons didn't need him to be great to win comfortably. He completed just 9 of 20 passes for 90 yards, but did add 65 yards on the ground.
The first quarter was a punt-fest. There were three of them. Plus a missed Flanagan field goal. The teams combined for just 80 yards of total offense through a scoreless first 12 minutes.
Finally, at least one offense awoke -- Flanagan's. Devin Bush Jr. rumbled 21 yards for the game's opening touchdown. Bush, the coach's son, started left and then cut back right to score on his first carry of the game.
The touchdown capped a five-play, 64 yard drive keyed by a 26-yard pass from Nelson to Jahcour Pearson.
Flanagan stretched the lead to 10-0 just before intermission when Angel Trujillo banged through a 32-yard field goal.
The game was even more one-sided than the score. Deerfield Beach went the entire first half without a first down and averaged just 1.1 yards per play.
The Bucks' seven first-half possessions: six three-and-outs and kneel down to end the second quarter.
That's not to say Deerfield didn't have its chances. Moffett had Jeudy wide open down the right the side of the field, but the pass went through the receiver's hands.
And even after Deerfield seemed to get something going in the second half -- Moffett ran for 30 yards on the first play after the break -- Flanagan's defense flexed its muscles. The Falcons dropped Kobe Farrish at the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-1 on Flanagan's half of the field.
In the fourth quarter, Dredrick Snelson made the inevitable official when he followed a convoy of blockers and charged 25 yards around the left end for the game-clinching touchdown.
The game was far from pretty. It lasted the better part of three hours and featured nearly 250 combined penalty yards.
FLA - Bush 21 run (Trujillo kick)
FLA - Trujillo 32 yd kick
FLA - Snelson 25 yd run (Trujillo kick)
Rushing — FLA: Bush 5-65, TD. Snelson 6-42, TD. Metellus 11-25. Pearson 1-3, Johnson 1-3. Thomas 1-0. DB: Mossett 17-31. Farrish 6-11. Ray 3-3.
Passing — FLA: Snelson 9-20-1. DB: Mossett 5-16-1
Receving — FLA: Pearson 2-32. Bishop 1-15. Ghoetz 1-13. Snelson 1-21. Thomas 4-9. DB: Rdiley 2-2. Farrish 1-14. Jewdy 1-7. Gervin 1-6.