Dwyer QB Faton Bauta has three touchdowns in 32-8 win over Jupiter
Saturday, September 10, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Dwyer quarterback Faton Bauta started feeling some pressure to perform after his team lost its pre-season kickoff classic and its season-opener.
The 6-foot-3 transfer from Brooklyn, N.Y., struggled in both outings.
On a soggy Dwyer field Saturday night, Bauta shed some of that weight on his shoulders, running for a touchdown and throwing for two more as Dwyer defeated Jupiter 32-8 in their annual rivalry game.
Lightning kept the teams from playing their originally scheduled matchup Friday night.
"A win is always good," Bauta said. "We got the ball rolling. Those two losses, yeah, pressure started to build up a little bit, but I just blocked it out and focused on what I have to do."
Bauta has established an early-season connection with sophomore wideout Clint Stephens, who caught six passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Bauta finished 6-of-13 for 77 yards, and fellow quarterback Bobby Puyol added 80 yards of his own on 6-of-9 passing.
Dwyer (1-1) also ran the ball effectively, using eight different ball carriers for 181 yards.
On defense, the Panthers intercepted three of South Florida-commit Tyler Cameron's passes and recovered two fumbles. They held Jupiter's spread offense to 88 total yards.
"We needed it, our kids needed it," Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said. "Our guys play hard; they just haven't gotten breaks so far this year."
Jupiter (0-2) has struggled offensively in its first two games this season. The Warriors scored seven in a 15-point loss to John I. Leonard last week.
They kept things interesting in the first half despite minus-4 yards of offense and two turnovers in the opening 24 minutes, and trailed 19-0 at the break.
But Cameron never found his rhythm, constantly harried by Dwyer's defensive line. Dwyer defensive tackle Mike Minns had two sacks, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery, and Malik Brown and Shawn Boone each got sacks.
Cameron was 12-of-26 for 83 yards and was on the run for much of the night.
Still, Jupiter coach Charlie Persson was encouraged by his team sticking around.
"Someone from 'The Palm Beach Post' said the game would be over early - they were wrong," Persson said. "Last week we didn't play a very good game, we didn't play with a lot of enthusiasm. We needed this effort, we needed to bounce back from last week. I thought we played well. This is a good test for us to get ready for district play."