Roundup: St. Francis falls to Maclay 54-7
Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:47 a.m.
DUNNELLON — Undermanned, Williston played tough but was defeated 28-14 by Dunnellon on Friday night at Ned Love Field.
The Red Devils (2-8) got 166 passing yards and two touchdowns from Stephen Cochlin, who was called to action after starting quarterback David Heinkle went down with a left leg/ankle injury with 4:48 remaining in the first quarter.
Cochlin's favorite target was senior Damien Strange, who caught three passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns and also had a pair of carries for 49 yards.
The Tigers (5-5) were led by tailback J'Von Swoll (27 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown) and quarterback Jordan Boley (14 carries for 79 yards and three scores, as well as 107 passing yards).
— John Patton
Oak Hall 54, St John Lutheran 14: At St. John, the last time Oak Hall and St. John Lutheran met on a football field prior to this year, the two teams produced a 130-point offensive spectacle for the record books.
After two quarters at Brick City Park on Friday night, it was clear only one team still had a semblance of that firepower carry over into this season.
In a 14-second span starting with 7:50 left in the second quarter, the visiting Eagles scored 21 points off two touchdown runs and an interception to open up a 34-6 halftime lead on the Saints.
The three-score swing helped Oak Hall (5-5) spoil homecoming night for St. John (3-7) and allowed the Eagles to cruise to a 54-14 win.
“I felt we were pretty evenly matched physically that when they made mistakes, we were able to turn those turnovers into points most of the night,” Oak Hall coach Scott McDaniel said. “We were able to get away from them because of it.”
While Eagles running back Trey Carr (11 carries, 112 yards) had two rushing touchdowns and another receiving to his name, the two-way player also chipped in at linebacker and picked off two of Saints quarterback Joe Bailey’s four interceptions.
Carr returned his first interception 20 yards for a score to cap the Eagles’ second-quarter run.
“Tonight, really was what we’ve been looking for from him for quite a long time, so I’m really happy that he was able to step forward for his team,” McDaniel said.
Commanding an option attack that rolled up 399 yards, quarterback Danny Stirt threw two shovel passes for touchdowns — including one to Carr — and finished 8 of 14 for 135 yards. Stirt also had 10 carries for 60 yards and a rushing score.
Though Oak Hall did not qualify for the Class 2A state playoffs, the Eagles will get the chance to play for the North Florida Football Conference title next Thursday at home against Tallahassee Maclay.
-- John Boothe
Bell 28, Branford 14: At Branford, Bell finished the season at 5-4, its first winning season since 2008 and its second straight win over the Buccaneers.
Junior running back Adam Ritchey rushed 25 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while Wade Barnes ran 15 times for 87 yards and a score.
The Bell defense held Branford (3-7) to 225 yards of offense.
Fleming Island 44, Eastside 27: The Rams finished the regular season at 5-5, but will still play in the state playoffs. Eastside will host Holiday Anclote in a Class 5A, Region 2 quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Thursday at Citizens Field.
Fleming Island, also a playoff team, improved to 7-2.
Lafayette 16, Blountstown 7: At Lafayette, the Tigers were led to victory by J.R. Bass, who carried the ball 23 times for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Rodney Brown scored the other touchdown for Lafayette in the second quarter when he ran it in from five yards out.
Joan Pedro Negrete added a 31-yard field goal for the Tigers.
Lafayette (8-2) will host Hilliard in the first round of the playoffs Friday.
Tallahassee Maclay 54, St. Francis 7: At St. Francis, the Wolves (3-7) ran into a much stronger Tallahassee Maclay team on Friday night as they fell to the Marauders (8-2) on Senior night.
Steven Bundy scored the Wolves’ only touchdown when he hit the end zone on a 22-yard scamper.
“Our seniors have worked hard the three years that I have been here and I wanted them to go out with a win. I felt bad,” Coach Matt Olesnevich said. “We are building for the future though.”