Atlantic 39, Pahokee 0: Eagles roll in flashy new uniforms
Friday, September 14, 2012
by Melinda Waldrop
Atlantic was easy to spot and impossible to stop Friday night in a 39-0 romp over Pahokee.
The Eagles (2-1), debuting new uniforms with a splash of neon green down the left side, piled up all their points in the first two quarters.
Atlantic senior running back Tevin Spells had 95 yards and three touchdowns on five first-half carries. Senior quarterback Jay Mentecky passed for 71 yards in the first half, including a 26-yard touchdown to senior Aris Jovany on the Eagles' final play of the second quarter.
"(The line) did their thing," Spells said. "It's very fun, winning. I had a smile on my face from halftime till the end of the game."
A two-point pass after a low snap on the extra point led to a 39-0 Atlantic lead at halftime.
The Eagles' swarming defense -- led by two tackles for a loss and a sack by senior tackle Keith Bryant -- held the Blue Devils (0-2) to 32 first-half yards, including 11 on the ground.
Atlantic, which finished with 146 rushing yards, took the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown by Brisly Estime and had two other first-half touchdowns called back on holding calls.
Senior Marcus Gaskin added 38 rushing yards for Atlantic.
"We had holes," Eagles coach Chris Bean said. "If you give them holes and they're able to get through the first wave of defenders, they're tough to stop. They're not small kids. They pack a big punch."
Pahokee punter and kicker Trentarious Laidler was injured in the first quarter and left the field in an ambulance. Running back Jonathan Jordan, Pahokee's only reliable offensive threat with 33 rushing yards, was shaken up on the second play of the third quarter.
Atlantic debuted its new uniforms, featuring a shoulder pad-to-sock strip of neon green down the left side with a darker green background and new helmets with an Eagle logo. The uniforms were designed and donated by Futuristic Woo, a local company owned by Delray Beach resident Ryan Boylston.
Robert Lee, a 1961 graduate of Carver High School who played center for coach Charles Pompey, sat munching popcorn and watching the Eagles warm up about half an hour before the game.
"I thought I was in Oregon" when he first saw the new uniforms, Lee said, referring to the Oregon Ducks' eye-catching Nike threads. "It's different."