Palm Beach Gardens 28, West Boca Raton 6: Gators run away from Bulls
Thursday, September 08, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Neither a 45-minute lightning delay nor a typically stout West Boca Raton defense could slow down Palm Beach Gardens' two-headed rushing attack on Thursday.
Gardens' running backs Alex Clark (102 yards) and Roshard Burney (89) overpowered West Boca and led the Gators to a 28-6 victory.
Clark scored three touchdowns, while the Gardens' defense tallied three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
"Tonight was obviously Alex's night - he had a strong game," Gardens coach Chris Davis said. "But Roshard really came alive in the second half and ran with a lot of swag and ran with a lot of attitude."
Gardens (2-0) is off to a fast start, outscoring its first two opponents 71-6. The Gators ran for 367 yards in their season-opening rout of Palm Beach Lakes, and though they didn't match that total against West Boca, they still wore down their opponent in similar fashion.
West Boca (0-2) struggled on defense without two of its starting linebackers.
"We had a lot of things that weren't normal," West Boca coach Willie Dodaro said. "We're just not full strength. There were just a few things that, if we had done them right, we would've been in the game."
West Boca started strong, intercepting a J.P. Caruso pass late in the first quarter and converting the turnover into a Zach Miner 1-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead.
After that, it was West Boca that was burned by turnovers.
The Bulls moved into Gardens territory twice, turning the ball over on downs in the first half and losing an interception in the second.
The miscues wasted a 171-yard rushing performance by Eugene Bethea.
"We were our worst enemy," Dodaro said. "We made mistakes on some key drives and it hurt us. We stopped our own momentum when we needed it."
After being routed by Fort Pierce Central in their spring game, the Gators have won their three games this fall by an average of 38 points.
"I'm just ready to start preparing for next week," said a smiling Davis.
Centennial 31, Sebastian River 24: Mike Nesmith rushed for 95 yards and a TD on 13 carries to lead the Eagles (1-1) past the Sharks (0-2) in Sebastian. Ty Jackson added a passing TD and a rushing TD for Centennial.
Boca Christian game suspended: The Blazers (0-1) led host Plantation-Posnack 6-0 midway through the first quarter when the game was suspended because of lightning. No makeup date has been set.