Palm Beach Gardens 47, Boca Raton 10: Roshard Burney, J.P. Caruso lead Gators' attack
Friday, October 14, 2011
by Joseph Kairalla
Palm Beach Gardens continued its emergence as possibly one of the area's dominant teams with a 47-10 rout of host Boca Raton on Friday night.
This time, the Gators (5-1, No. 7) dominated on the ground and in the air. Running back Roshard Burney had another outstanding night, rushing for 225 yards and three touchdowns.
Burney had 34 carries against the Bobcats (1-5) because fellow running back Alex Clark was out with an injury.
Sophomore quarterback J.P. Caruso and wide receiver Frank Brown gave the Gardens offense a new dimension as Caruso found Brown five times for 200 yards and two TDs.
Caruso had his best game thus far (11 for 15, 278 yards) and gave the Gators the early lead when he connected with Brown on a 45-yard touchdown pass on the third play from scrimmage.
Caruso later found Brown for a 91-yard score, the Gators' final TD of the game.
"If they're going to play us with a lot of guys in the box, we'll go over the top of them," Gators coach Chris Davis said. "J.P.'s been doing a great job and this was a breakout game for Frank."
Caruso added 40 yards rushing and two TD runs. His first score was a 10-yard run that gave the Gators an early two-touchdown lead, while his second was a 12-yarder that put Gardens up
33-3 early in the third.
Burney was held in check for much of the first half before springing loose for a 61-yard score midway through the second quarter. He added a short TD run before the half, giving the Gators a 27-3 lead heading into the break.
"With Alex out, I knew I had to step up and really, I embraced the challenge," Burney said. "A lot of credit has to go to my offensive line and teammates, though. Without them, there is no me."
The win by Gardens sets the stage for a huge District 9-8A showdown when the Gators (2-0 district) face Seminole Ridge (4-2, 2-0).
"We're progressing as a team and are certainly excited about next week," Davis said.
After struggling for most of the first half, Bobcats quarterback Kevin Anderson found a little rhythm in the second, throwing for 87 yards and a touchdown to Connor Rand.