American Heritage 33, King's Academy 3: Stallions rush for 312 yards in 1A regional final
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Special to The Palm Beach Post
American Heritage jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 33-3 victory against King's Academy on Friday night to win the Region 4-1A title.
The Stallions (9-3) will host to Fort Meade in a state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
Greg Bryant (13 yards), Nestor Lantigua (1) and Marcus Davis (12) rushed for touchdowns in the first quarter, and Jeramy Gaskins (26) rushed for another to close out the scoring in the final seconds. The Stallions rushed for 312 yards and four touchdowns on 44 carries, and wound up outgaining the Lions 412-138 overall.
Brian Grove rushed 23 times for 85 yards for King's Academy (10-2), whose only losses were to American Heritage. The Lions lost 42-0 on Oct. 15 in Delray Beach in a game that decided the District 7-1A title.
The Stallions took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards on only six plays. Davis ran 49 yards on a keeper on third-and-3, and Bryant scored on the next play.
The Lions then drove from their 29-yard line to the Stallions 15, but quarterback Shane Bussey was sacked and stripped, and the Stallions came away with the ball.
The Stallions were forced to punt, but got the ball back one play later when Bryant intercepted Bussey's deep pass at the Stallions 28. Lantigua's 26-yard run help set up his 1-yard scoring plunge.
King's Academy misplayed the ensuing kickoff, and American Heritage recovered on the 1-yard line. A holding penalty pushed the Stallions back to the 12, from where Davis ran it in with 1:56 remaining. A missed extra point left the score at 20-0.
Troy Manheimer kicked field goals of 37 and 31 yards on the Stallions' first two possessions of the second half. In between those kicks, Andrew Ortiz kicked a 32-yarder for King's Academy to break up the shutout.
Gaskins scored from 26 yards out on fourth-and-1 with 27 seconds left in the game.