Spring football roundup: Atlantic impressive in 14-0 win at Glades Central
Friday, May 25, 2012
by Matt Porter
BELLE GLADE -- After missing the playoffs last season, Atlantic players went into their spring game Friday night against Glades Central with a little extra motivation.
After leaving Belle Glade with a 14-0 win on Friday night, the Eagles wish the next month on the calendar was September, not June.
"They're just jacked-up kids right now," Atlantic coach Chris Bean said. "We all had a bad taste in our mouths at the end of the season. They're ready to get started."
Atlantic's Brisly Estime was the most impressive player on the field. The junior took back the opening kick 95 yards for a touchdown. He added a second-quarter interception and was dangerous all night in coverage.
Estime will be eligible for two weeks of the fall season. In September, he will reach Florida's age limit of 19 years, 9 months.
Junior cornerback Fritz Narcisse had two interceptions, while junior defensive tackle Keith Bryant, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound Miami commit, could hardly be blocked by the Raiders' inexperienced offensive line. He collected five tackles for loss. Junior Todney Evans had a sack. Sophomore Thomas Owens had an interception.
All told, Atlantic's defense was dominant against the Raiders, who used two freshman quarterbacks, Giovanni Lugo and Andre Tommy, and kept star junior Will Likely mostly on the sidelines. Likely's best moment was a third-quarter punt return on which he bounced sideways off a tackle, maintaining his balance like a gymnast. The slew of college coaches watching - Miami, Georgia, Florida State, Wake Forest, Stanford and more than a dozen others were spotted - surely took notes.
Junior running back Aaron Baker made a touchdown-saving tackle as a linebacker, but departed with a knee injury. Both he and Likely will be expected to carry the load this fall. Transfer quarterback Antwan Washington, who started last year as a junior at Seminole Ridge, and former Royal Palm Beach junior T.J. Abrams were not allowed to play due to transfer rules.
Aside from a 98-yard David Bailey kickoff return that was called back on a penalty, Glades Central had a few bright spots. Freshman tight end/defensive end Jamarius Way, the younger brother of Marshall linebacker Robert Way, had a sack that went for a double-digit loss. Freshman Andre Fortune had an interception.
“We’re young,” Glades Central coach Roosevelt Blackmon said. “We’re real young. We wanted to get here and see what we’ve got, and get ready for the offseason.”
Atlantic’s running game was steady, with junior Tevin Spells breaking a 37-yard run before a 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He finished with first half with nine carries for 88 yards. Junior Marcus Gaskin had 44 yards on nine carries in the first half.
The players will be buzzing about it, but Bean said the win didn’t mean a lot.
“Not much, ‘cause during the regular season they dominate every year,” Bean said. “We don’t put too much into this. It’s two good teams, two good storied communities playing against one another. We’re just competing, that’s it.”
Royal Palm Beach 41, Palm Beach Gardens 21: Freshman De'Marcus Holloway ran for 171 yards on 20 carries as Royal Palm defeated the Gators in Gardens. Ant McGrew added 108 yards passing and a TD, and ran for 87 yards and another score. JoJo Williams had a 60-yard touchdown catch.
Cardinal Newman 24, Fort Pierce Westwood 0: Travis Rudolph had a 11-yard touchdown reception from George Mastics and Jake Moschella added a 33-yard fumble return for a touchdown to lead Newman.
Pahokee 21, Port St. Lucie 21: Pahokee held off Port St. Lucie 22-21 on a late interception by Trentavious Laidler. Quarterback Derry Brown, Jonathan Jordan and Jason Johnson scored touchdowns for the Blue Devils.
King's Academy, 29 Village Academy 22: Joey Aiello and Garrett Larson had two rushing touchdowns each. For Village, Larry Brihm threw for 208 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 184 yards and a touchdown. Rurel Allen had four catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Holland had 11 tackles, five for loss, two forced fumbles and a rushing touchdown.
Pope John Paul II 24, Miami-Ransom Everglades 6: Daquan Mcgriff rushed for 198 yards. Pope had more than 400 yards of total offense.
Jupiter 24, Palm Beach Lakes 13: Jupiter sophomore Griffin Garland had more than 200 yards passing and threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to freshman Derek Beard. Garland had an interception on defense. Josh Brooks had an interception return for a touchdown along with 80 yards receiving. Zach Strager had 10 tackles and an interception.
Other Friday results: Boynton Beach defeated Hialeah 25-6. ... John I. Leonard edged Centennial 10-7 ... Seminole Ridge fell 17-0 to Melbourne-Palm Bay.