Roundup: Newberry outclasses Dunnellon


Newberry running back Tyler Stankunas (4) gained 181 yards on 11 carries during the Panthers' 21-6 spring win at Dunnellon on Friday.

Alan Youngblood / Staff photographer
Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:46 p.m.

DUNNELLON — It was only a spring game, but Newberry already had the look of a hungry football team on a march to the playoffs.

The Panthers, Class 1A state semifinalists last fall, trounced Class 5A Dunnellon on the road Friday, 21-6.

Newberry outclassed their hosts to the tune of a 452-184 advantage in total offense, while the Panther running backs and offensive line teamed up for 380 rushing yards.

"We worked hard all offseason, hit the weights, and it really showed today," Newberry interim coach Kepa Sarduy said.

The Panthers found success early and often running trap plays. Their first possession featured five rushes for 40 yards, then quarterback Alex Wilkens found Al Barber for a 32-yard touchdown strike.

Running back Tyler Stankunas took over the game from there, bursting free on a trap for a 75-yard touchdown run on the second play of Newberry's next drive.

Stankunas finished the game with 181 yards and a score on just 11 carries, often running through huge holes into the open field.

Meanwhile, the Panther defensive front limited Dunnellon to 96 yards on 30 carries. The pass defense was just as effective, as Monte Seabrook and Dejwon Perry each had red zone interceptions to halt Dunnellon drives.

The resounding win left Sarduy feeling good about Newberry's potential for another big season.

"We've just got to keep this going," Sarduy said. "We've got to hit the weight room hard and then get back at it when football season starts."

ORLANDO DR. PHILLIPS 10, GAINESVILLE 7: At Orlando, a slim halftime lead for the visiting Hurricanes did not hold up in the spring debut of first-year coach Mark Latsko's squad.

Entering the third and final quarter of varsity play, Gainesville maintained a 7-3 advantage over the Panthers courtesy of a 2-yard plunge by junior fullback Hermann Bellamy before relinquishing the lead.

Running back Tony James, a junior, led the Hurricanes on the ground with 41 yards on 10 carries, while GHS split time at quarterback between sophomore Jack Cornell and freshman Caelen Christian.

Cornell, a backup on varsity last season, threw for 91 yards on 7-for-10 passing and Christian, who started on the junior varsity in 2012, went 3-for-6 in the air with 23 yards.

Thursday

BELL 27, BRANFORD 14: At Branford, John Oslager ran for two touchdowns as the visiting Bulldogs picked up an exhibition win.

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