Seminole Ridge mows down West Boca Raton 36-23
Friday, August 27, 2010
by Matt Porter
The teams traded shots all evening, but West Boca Raton couldn't stop Seminole Ridge's pounding rushing attack, leading the Hawks to a 36-23 win in a kickoff classic game on Friday night.
Hawks fullbacks Tyler Butler and Andrew Perkins battered the Bulls' line, opening up room for wingbacks Thomas Fragale and Gary Holmes.
Holmes (nine carries, 51 yards and a touchdown in the first half) had the best numbers, but it looks like any of them could carry the load this season.
Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann used the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Butler as his goal-line option, and the senior produced three touchdowns.
Butler's first touchdown capped a 21-play, seven-minute, 30-second drive that gave the Hawks a 7-6 first-quarter lead. His third TD put Seminole Ridge ahead for good, 27-23, with 10:29 remaining in the fourth quarter.
West Boca running back Marquis Jones was a bright spot for the Bulls. In the first half, the junior carried eight times for 85 yards and two scores. He also broke an 85-yard kick return.
The Bulls led 16-14 at the half, thanks to his efforts.
Early in the third, the Hawks put together another trademark, run-heavy drive. Butler punched in a 6-yard score for a 20-16 Hawks lead.
West Boca senior receiver Robert Lockhart made the play of the evening, leading to a score that put the Bulls ahead.
With time winding down in the third quarter, West Boca was driving at its own 48. Senior quarterback Alexander Prakas floated a long pass down the near sideline, and Lockhart got behind two defenders and raced toward the end zone. He dove toward the goal and pulled in a 39-yard gain.
Three plays later, the Bulls went up 23-20 on a 13-yard pass from Prakas to sophomore receiver Eugene Bethea.
After Butler put Seminole Ridge up 27-23 at 10:29 of the fourth quarter, the Bulls made it really interesting.
First, they hurt themselves with a fumbled snap on their own 1-yard line, which led to a Seminole Ridge safety. But after the kickoff, the Bulls forced a fumble of their own. The ball was recovered by sophomore Marco Bondi with 6:27 to go.
But as the Bulls were driving, Seminole Ridge senior Jarryd Klaffka's interception ended West Boca's hopes.
Notes: West Boca junior running back Billy Ocean appeared to hurt his right foot, limping off in the third quarter. Bulls junior Ja Wand Blue intercepted Hawks quarterback Trevor Vanscoy on the opening drive, leading to Jones' first TD run. Seminole Ridge sophomore receiver Rayfield Dixon opened eyes. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound receiver debuted late in the third and made a gorgeous diving catch, laying out over the middle to for a 16-yard reception.