No. 3 Seminole Ridge 28, No. 7 Atlantic 21: Trevor Vanscoy's passing throws off Eagles
Friday, October 22, 2010
by Jeff Greer
Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post
For a game tabbed as the district-defining contest of the season, Seminole Ridge and Atlantic's showdown on Friday night lived up to its billing.
Seventh-ranked Atlantic forced the normally run-heavy Seminole Ridge offense to throw the football early.
Quarterback Trevor Vanscoy and Seminole Ridge, ranked No. 3, had no problem with that .
In a 28-21 win that put Seminole Ridge (7-0, 3-0 in District 8-6A) in control of the district, the Hawks passed their way to a hard-earned road win at Atlantic. A late defensive stand sealed it .
"It was a great game all around," Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann said. "Everybody did their part tonight."
But Atlantic (4-3, 1-1) didn't go quietly.
The Eagles limited their mistakes and executed their game plan for much of the contest, stuffing the inside gaps and limiting the explosive play-making ability of Seminole Ridge tailback Gary Holmes.
Twice in the first half, the Eagles used big plays of their own to snag momentum. After a roughing-the-kicker penalty on a punt breathed new life into Atlantic's opening drive, J'Rod Beard threw a perfect pass on a trick play to a streaking Ezekiel Turner for a 62-yard touchdown.
On the following Atlantic drive, running back Tevin Spells burst through a hole and rumbled 80 yards to the Seminole Ridge 6. Abdud Narcisse scampered in for a 6-yard, go-ahead touchdown to give Atlantic a 13-7 lead.
But the Atlantic momentum was short-lived.
After the teams exchanged punts, Seminole Ridge drove 62 yards in 2:42, ending with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Vanscoy to Jarryd Klaffka with one second left in the first half.
"We practice that," Klaffka said. "It gave us a little boost and we were riled up after that."
Seminole Ridge's offense still ran the ball for decent numbers.
Fullback Tyler Butler gained 88 yards on 16 carries. Holmes took 21 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown, and Alex Pierre ran for 40 yards and two scores .
But it was Vanscoy's arm that made the difference. Seminole Ridge isn't known for passing — Vanscoy had thrown the ball just 31 times in six games this season — but the Hawks' threw successfully in big situations.
Vanscoy totaled 49 passing yards and a touchdown, completing four of his seven attempts. Three of his four completions were big plays for 10-plus yards.
"We had some open receivers and took advantage," Vanscoy said.
In the end, it was heartbreak for Atlantic, which is now 1-3 at home. But the Eagles still control their playoff destiny.
Atlantic, which beat preseason favorite Park Vista on Oct. 9, hosts Boca Raton next week and travels to Palm Beach Central on Nov. 5. Those two games will determine Atlantic's post-season fate.
"We can't hit the rewind button now," Atlantic linebacker Jephete Matilus said. "We have to keep our heads up and do the required work."