Week 7 football roundup: Auburndale prevails, LCS romps, Frostproof survives, and more.
Editor's note: This story has been updated.
WINTER HAVEN — Auburndale got two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Tank Johnson to overcome a fiesty Winter Haven team looking for its first win.
Johnson finished with three touchdowns for the game as the Bloodhounds prevailed, 28-20, on Friday night at Denison Stadium.
"It's a rivalry game, records are aout the window," Auburndale head coach Kyle Sasser said. "The kids know the history of the rivalry. None of the other stuff matters. They fought hard, and so did we. We made a couple of mistakes. You can't let a team like that hang around.”
With Winter Haven looking to pull off the upset and leading 20-14, Tank Johnson scored on a 6-yard run on fourth-and-2 with five minutes to play that gave the Bloodhounds a one-point lead.
Elijah Davis then came up with a big interception, and Johnson scored his third touchdown with 2:02 to play.
Johnson scored his first touchdown of the game with 1:40 to play that put Auburndale up 7-0.
Jeremiah Austin’s touchdown at 10:32 of the third quarter gave the Bloodhounds a 14-6 lead.
Auburndale (6-0) will next play Lake Wales in a district showdown.
Fort Meade 56, Discovery 0
FORT MEADE — The Minors jumped on the Spartans early and often as senior Jon Cole carried eight times for 162 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Dereon Coleman was 5-for-9 passing for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Senior wide receiver Xzavia Smith led all receivers with four catches and 100 yards. He also returned a blocked punt 15 yards to the end zone.
“Any time you can score on defense and special teams, is a good night,” said 13-year head coach Jamalle Cornelius. “We needed this win to set us up for a possible playoff spot. This was the most points we have scored all season.”
Senior Javaree Jackson had a one-yard run for a score and also picked up a blocked punt and ran it in from 15yards out. Junior fullback-linebacker Jack Barnett scored on an interception return of 25 yards and Cyndrin Simmons scored on a 10-yard reception.
Fort Meade improved to 3-3 as the victory snapped a three-game losing streak.
Davenport 20, Poinciana 8
DAVENPORT — Senior quarterback Brinley Vandiver passed for a touchdown and ran for another as the Broncos broke a four-game losing streak with the win.
The 6-foot-6 Vandiver connected with sophomore Aiden George for 17 yards giving Davenport a 6-2 lead in the first quarter.
Vandiver s 8-yard run in the final period insured the win. In between,Kalen Potter recovered a fumble in the endzone to give the Broncos a13-8 halftime margin.
“We are progressing and getting better, but every team we play is bigger than us,” Davenport head coach Jeff George said. “We had a good week of practice and emphasized defense.
Ridge Community 32, Haines City 30
DAVENPORT — Quarterback Zachary Pleuss passed for four touchdowns, but it was Rick Penick’s two-point conversion reception that made the difference as the Bolts squeezed past the visiting Hornets for the second year in a row.
Tied at 12-12 in the second quarter, Ridge head coach Chris Davidson called for Pleuss to go for a two-point conversion. The talented signal-caller found the sophomore Penix in the end zone for the points and it gave the Bolts a 14-12 lead, at halftime.
Those two points were the difference throughout as each team scored 18 points in the second half.
Pleuss, a junior, was15-for-22 passing for 323 yards, his second-highest total this season.
Junior Andre Berry had three catches 91 yards and two touchdowns, and Joe Jackson and Sean Johannesen had the other scoring receptions. Penick led with 98 yards on five receptions.
Jackson also ran 20 times for 133 yards and one touchdown and Pleuss galloped 32 yards on six carries and along of 20 yards.
Lake Wales 55, Hardee 14
WAUCHULA — Lake Wales senior running back Marquish Seabon ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries as the Highlanders played their most explosive game of the season.
Seabon now has 1,212 yards on the ground with 16 touchdowns and his his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the seaons.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Seabon had runs of 25 and 26 yards in the first quarter and 25 and 5 yards in the fourth.
“We were electric from the start, a lot of explosive plays,” Lake Wales coach Tavaris Johnson said. “The defense carried the team, however, and got to ball and tackled well tonight.”
Other big plays came from quarterback Trent Grotjan whose 30-yard pass to Devin Hardy scored in third quarter. Tyrone Summerall threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Mitchell, and Summerall also ran 21 yards for a touchdown, .
Carlos Mitchell’s kickoff return to open the game was called back, but the sophomore had a 45-yard pass interception return in the final period.
“We also had the fewest penalties (four) all year,” Johnson said.
Lake Wales improved to 5-1 and will face district rival Auburndale next week.
Mulberry 12, Lake Placid . 0
MULBERRY — Mulberry junior quarterback Parker Wells threw for a pair of touchdowns to seniors Devyn Daniels and Terrell Pinkney and that was all that was needed for the Panthers, who won their fourth game of the season.
The 6-foot-3 Wells connected for 21 yards in the first qurter and again in the third for 29, respectively. He had 106 yards on the night.
Running backs Eric Cooper, Dante Burgess,and freshmen Josh Bellamy and Lloyd Cooper contributed heavily Panthers coach Kevin Wells said.
“The defense was superb," Wells added
It was the Panthers' second consecutive shutout.
Mulberry improved to 4-3, and Lake Placid fell to 3-4.
Lake Region at Parrish canceled
EAGLE LAKE — Lake Region's game against Parrish Community was canceled because or a quarantine issue, Thunder head coach Geoffrey Bangley said.
The Thunder (2-3) will play again Friday at Tenoroc.(2-2)
Lakeland Christian 42, A'kelynn's Angels 16
Lakeland Christian got out to a big lead and coasted from there to earn a win on Friday night in Lakeland.
The Vikings led 35-0 at halftime over the Wildcats.
"It was good to get the young guys in the second half," Lakeland Christian coach Danny Williams said. "They (A'kelynn's) played hard. They have a good thing going over there."
The Vikings improved to 6-0 ahead of a rivalry game against Frostproof next week.
"Each game is important," Williams said. "It's one of our rival games, I think our guys will be exicted for it.”
Frostproof 13, Arcadia Desoto County 7
FROSTPROOF — In a penaltyames for both teams, Frostproof head coach Rod prevailed in a tighter-than-expected game.
“We were very fortunate in winnng this game,” Frostproof coach Rod McDowell said. “They fought hard and were more prepared.”
DeSoto held a 7-0 lead throughout until Lawrence Hamilton’s 15-yard run in the third quarter tied the score.
Xaivier Gay recovered a ball on a bazaar play at the end of the third quarter. When the ball bounced up from the chest of another player on the ground, Gay grabbed it and ran 40- yards for the winning score.
Frostproof improved to 4-2, and DeSoto falls to 2-3.
Santa Fe Catholic 30, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic 22
SPRING HILL — Sophomore running back Dayrel Glover scored four touchdowns, three on ground and another on a 67-yard pass from Cam Sowder as the Hawks rolled to the win over winless Bishop McLaughlin.
Santa Fe (4-1) took a 14-12 halftime lead on the first two Glover scores. He ran 25 yards early in the first quarter then caught the long pass-run play from Sowder in the second. It was Sowder’s seventh touchdown pass of the season.
Glover totaled 217 yards rushing and scored on runs of 7 and 11 yards for touchdowns before the end of the third period giving the Hawks a 24-22 margiin. That gives Glover eight total touchdowns on the year.
The final scoring play came on a 49-yard pass play from Sowder to junior wide out Jontreous Starks.
Defensively, behind junior linebacker Montrez Watson and senior Zechariah Johnson,the Hawks defense held the Hurricanes scoreless in the fourth quarter.
“We slowed the game down in the last quarter,” Santa Fe coach head coach Joe Faiola said. “It kept the clock running .”
Oasis Christian 26, World of Knowledge School 18
WINTER HAVEN — Despite trailing 18-0 early in the game, the Lions roared back for a victory.
Alex Molina’s recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Lions’ first score and the two-point conversion by quarterback Gideon Kennon, and a safety closed the gap to 18-10 at halftime.
Gideon passed 25 yards to Branden Conner, Molina kicked the extra point and it was 18-17.The Lions went ahead 19-18 getting their second safety and Gideon’s five-yard run and Molina kick closed out the scoring.
All Saints Game Moved to Monday
WINTER HAVEN — The All Saints-Calvary Chapel game scheduled for Friday in Melbourne was postponed. It will be played 6 p.m. Monday.
The Saints are 3-2 overall and the Calvary Eagles are 2-4 on the season.
Ridge Community 32, Haines City 30
Mulberry 12, Lake Placid 0
Lake Wales 55, Hardee 13
Davenport 20, Poinciana 8
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