Jupiter Christian's fast start beats Pahokee 35-14
Friday, August 27, 2010
by Jeff Greer
Pahokee coach Blaze Thompson worried about his team's inexperience before the season even started. After Friday night's 35-14 loss at the hands of Jupiter Christian, Thompson's fears were confirmed.
A veteran Jupiter Christian stormed out of the gates early on Thompson's Blue Devils, who trotted out 22 new starters for the kickoff classic. The Eagles built up a 35-7 lead before the halftime horn and never looked back.
On the second play of the game, senior running back Trey Pendergrass pin-balled his way through the Pahokee defense on his way to an 80-yard touchdown. It was all downhill from there.
"We're young, we're inexperienced and we have a lot of work to do," Thompson said.
That youth was particularly evident in the first half, when Pahokee notched eight penalties for 50 yards and only gained 48 yards on offense. But the bleeding didn't stop.
Pahokee running back Jamal Dortch, who was bottled up the entire first half, finally broke free of Jupiter Christian tacklers on the first play of the third quarter. His scampered 55 yards down the right flank, dancing past a handful of winded tacklers before being forced out at the Jupiter Christian 35-yard line.
However, a holding call brought the run back.
Three plays later, another holding call erased a 42-yard pass to Feraris Golden from Joe Eason and essentially forced the Blue Devils to punt.
Those two penalties provided a perfect snapshot of the game as a whole.
For Jupiter Christian, conditioning was an issue. Pendergrass rumbled for 130 yards, but the senior had to be helped off the field because of cramping. Senior wideout Josh Talbott had the same problem, suffering a right calf cramp of his own.
"It's clear that we need to get running and in shape," Jupiter Christian coach Bill Powers said.
Still, with a major showdown at Glades Day next week, the Eagles had to feel confident with their performance.
Quarterback Keddy Bostic started the game a perfect 5-of-5 for 105 yards. Pendergrass had plenty of running room, and Austin and Josh Talbott provided some electricity from the receiving corps.
"It was a good warmup and a nice way to start," Powers said, "but we have work to do like everybody else."