Sims powers Tigers past Raiders

Bubba Sims totaled 196 yards and two touchdowns in Dunnellon's 27-6 district win over Santa Fe.

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Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.

ALACHUA — A week after Santa Fe lost its district opener in an overtime thriller, Dunnellon had a simple formula Friday night to ensure the Raiders slipped a little farther down the league standings.

On nearly 57 percent of their offensive snaps, the visiting Tigers fed the ball to junior running back Bubba Sims, who rolled up 196 yards and two touchdowns as Dunnellon claimed its first District 5-5A win in a convincing 27-6 victory.

“That's what they do,” Santa Fe coach Bill Wiles said. “They didn't do anything to surprise us. What they did tonight is what they are. They kind of imposed (their will).”

When the Raiders (1-3, 0-2 District 5-5A) loaded the box in the first quarter to stall Marion County's leading rusher's 29 touches, the Tigers (3-1, 1-0) went on top with sophomore Kobi Jones, who completed a 79-yard, play-action strike to junior athlete Kane Parks that gave Dunnellon a 13-0 lead at halftime.

Jones completed 5 of 6 passes for 146 yards and hooked up twice with Parks (four receptions, 144 yards) for gains of more than 50 yards.

“They start doing things where you bring a lot of guys down into the box and we have a great offensive coaching staff,” DHS coach Frank Beasley said. “We feel pretty good about trying to go vertical. We've done that a couple times, and it's just a chess match a lot of times.”

After managing just 52 total yards in two quarters, Santa Fe found success rotating Marcus Archer (28 yards), Tray Presley (32 yards) and Jermari Ford as direct-snap running backs. Led by Ford, who rushed for 72 of his 84 yards in the second half, the Raiders finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter on his 1-yard rush.

Santa Fe turned the ball over in three of its four trips inside Dunnellon's 35-yard line, including a turnover on downs two plays after a dropped pass in the end zone on their opening drive.

“We struggled so bad offensively at Newberry and we struggled so bad at Suwannee, we thought we needed to do something and get good at it to hang our hat on,” Wiles said. “The opening drive of the second half, we kept the ball seven minutes and drove it to the 20-yard line. That's what we felt like we could do, but then we get down there and we fumble.”

Winless in its seven-team district, Sante Fe steps out of league play next Friday at Class 4A Interlachen, while Dunnellon hosts Crystal River in its second straight district game.

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