Boca Raton 27, Santaluces 19: Bobcats rally to top Chiefs
Friday, October 15, 2010
by Zach Stewart
Gary Coronado / Palm Beach Post
The Boca Raton Bobcats used two huge defensive plays and Kevin Anderson's arm to stop the Santaluces Chiefs 27-19 and end a three-game losing streak.
Anderson, a sophomore quarterback, completed 24 of 31 passes for 330 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in leading the Bobcats (2-4) to 17 unanswered points in the second half after trailing 19-10.
Anderson started shaky, but looked comfortable in the pocket as the game went on. After being sacked three times and fumbling a snap once in the first half, he pulled it together midway through the third quarter after the Chiefs had grabbed a 19-10 lead.
From that point, Anderson went 13-for-17 for 211 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to senior Cameron Lewis.
Anderson also had a 6-yard touchdown run in the first half.
"Our offense doesn't worry about if we're losing or not. We're just going to go in and make plays," Anderson said after the comeback.
"Our game plan is usually to hit the underneath stuff until they start biting, and then we hit them with the deep stuff. Throwing short early is our strategy."
The Chiefs (3-4) scored in the second quarter when Carl Young hit senior Terrance Floyd down field and Floyd outran the Bobcats for a 43-yard touchdown.
Young hit an uncovered Jordan St. Louis for a 56-yard strike in the third to make it 19-10.
Then the wheels came off for Santaluces.
Artez Fulton broke free of scrimmage at the Chiefs' 20-yard line and dashed down field. But the Bobcats' Tard McCoy ran him down, punching the ball out at the 10-yard line, and Boca Raton's Dane Sellers fell on the ball at the 1.
After the Chiefs' defense forced a punt, Terrance Floyd returned the ball 71 yards to the Bobcats' 12.
On the first play, Young was intercepted by Ryan Walters. The Bobcats marched 80 yards on the ensuing possession, going ahead 24-19 - a lead they would not relinquish.
"When you work hard in practice, things pay off," said McCoy. "Coach always tells us never to give up on a play."
David Bicknell added two field goals for the Bobcats, a 50-yarder at the end of the first half and a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter.