Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Hometeam

Region football: Wiregrass Ranch 17, Lake Nona 10

RECOMMENDED READING


ORLANDO — Wiregrass Ranch used a solid running attack while forcing seven Lake Nona turnovers in a 17-10 Class 7A region quarterfinal victory Friday night.

The Bulls’ Adrian Thomas had 31 carries for 190 yards and a touchdown. Penn State commit Jordan Miner had 69 yards rushing and a touchdown. Miner also was stout on defense, intercepting Lions quarterback Michael Kern twice.

"Adrian’s done that all year running the ball," Wiregrass Ranch head coach Mark Kantor said.

Wiregrass Ranch (9-2) was set up on the Lions 44 in the third quarter with a chance to take full control, but Lake Nona (7-4) came up with a goal-line stand, stopping Miner on a pitch for an 8-yard loss.

On the Lions’ next drive, Miner picked off Kern and returned it to the Lake Nona 36. The Bulls failed to take advantage.

The Lions moved the ball 74 yards to the Bulls 10, but Wiregrass Ranch held firm. Kern had 66 yards passing on the drive.

In the fourth, Kai Casey booted a 21-yard field goal for Lake Nona to cut the Bulls’ lead to 17-10.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Lions recovered the onside kick at the Bulls 47. But once again, Wiregrass Ranch held as the Lions lost 3 yards on the drive.

The Bulls had another chance to put it away, but Mason Buie fumbled at the Lake Nona 29, giving the Lions one more shot. But Wiregrass Ranch came up with two big sacks for a loss of 14 yards. Dylan Ridolph recorded the first, and Devaun Roberts and Miguel Hernandez assisted on the second. A last Kern pass was incomplete.

The Lions struck the first blow when Moises Aracena scored on a 2-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. The score was set up by the Bulls’ gutsy fourth-and-2 attempt on their 9 that failed.

Trailing 7-3, Kwesi Littlejohn made a huge pick for the Bulls, setting them up at the Lake Nona 15. Two plays later, Thomas ran it in from 1 yard out for a 10-7 lead with 3:26 remaining in the half. With 1:09 remaining after another failed Lions drive, Miner added another 50-yard touchdown gallop down the sideline off a toss pitch to give Wiregrass Ranch a 17-7 cushion.

Hayden Willis booted two extra points and a 24-yard field goal for the Bulls. Coming into the game, Kern was the top passer statistically in the state, but the Bulls held him to 13-of-27 for 255 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Kern passed for most of his yardage on short screen passes while the Bulls put a clamp on his longer passes.

"We do have to execute better when our defense gives us the ball," Kantor said.

Comments
HomeTeam 25: Girls basketball players to watch

HomeTeam 25: Girls basketball players to watch

The regular season for girls basketball is underway and once again the Tampa Bay area is not short on talent. There are good players in just about every gym in the area this winter. Here is our look at the top 25 players to watch. We know there'll be...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Unsung heroes on the remaining playoff teams

Unsung heroes on the remaining playoff teams

In the spirit of the holiday, we asked our six remaining high school football playoff teams who they're most thankful for this postseason.Beth Dare, Cambridge ChristianThere is no bigger cheerleader for Cambridge Christian football than Beth, wife of...
Updated: 2 hours ago
University of Tampa volleyball finds playoff form in time

University of Tampa volleyball finds playoff form in time

TAMPA — Earning an NCAA Tournament bid is usually not cause for celebration with the University of Tampa volleyball program. It has become routine.But after hitting the abyss of a 3-10 record, after players felt their confidence was shot, after coach...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Admiral Farragut’s John Waller commits to USF

Admiral Farragut’s John Waller commits to USF

Admiral Farragut DT John Waller announced Wednesday via Twitter he intends to sign with USF.A three-star prospect per 247Sports, he becomes the Bulls' 23rd non-binding commitment from the Class of 2018, and second from Admiral Farragut. WR Zion Rolan...
Updated: 3 hours ago
High praise for Clearwater Central Catholic’s linebackers

High praise for Clearwater Central Catholic’s linebackers

CLEARWATER — From Colin McCarthy (Miami/Tennessee Titans) to Caanan Brown (Virginia) to Conner Dorris (Navy), a Clearwater Central Catholic defensive staple has been star quality at linebacker. Think Marauders, think linebackers. It has been a corner...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lakewood defenders put early-season blip firmly behind them

Lakewood defenders put early-season blip firmly behind them

ST. PETERSBURG — The turning point in Lakewood High’s football season came on Sept. 2. The Spartans had a lead against rival St. Petersburg on Friday night when rain and lightning forced the second half to be played the next morning.Lakewood imploded...
Published: 11/22/17
Cambridge Christian’s Caleb Young makes up for lost season

Cambridge Christian’s Caleb Young makes up for lost season

TAMPA — For Cambridge Christian, last Friday’s Class 2A region final against Indian Rocks Christian represented a hurdle that the Lancers couldn’t quite clear a year ago. For one Lancer in particular, it was the Golden Eagles themselves that brought ...
Published: 11/21/17
HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Nick Ferrini and Kellyn Trowse

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Nick Ferrini and Kellyn Trowse

HomeTeam Hot Shots Nick Ferrini, MitchellOn Monday, Ferrini embarked on a five-day cruise with 30 family members. "Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, you name it," he said. Destinations during the trip include Key West, The Bahamas and a...
Published: 11/20/17
Sunday morning QB, playoff edition

Sunday morning QB, playoff edition

Player of the Week | Michael Penix Jr., Tampa Bay TechPenix, a Tennessee commit, has been good all season and it seems as if he’s getting even better in the playoffs. On Friday night against Palmetto in the Class 7A region semifinals, he was too ...
Published: 11/19/17
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17