Park Vista regains stride with 42-0 rout of Boca Raton
Thursday, October 18, 2012
by Jeff Greer
It wasn't pretty, but Park Vista's rain-soaked 42-0 District 10-8A win over rival Boca Raton on Thursday night did exactly what the Cobras wanted: It reset their attitude.
Eighth-ranked Park Vista (5-1) wanted to right the ship after a 38-point drubbing at the hands of Palm Beach Central two Fridays ago. That loss put the Cobras in a precarious spot and created must-win matchups in toss-up games with Boca Raton and John I. Leonard.
But Park Vista needed little more than two minutes to score its first touchdown Thursday, a 41-yard catch-and-run by Adrian Cerrato. Emmanuel Smith followed that with a 49-yard punt return that put Boca Raton (2-5) in an early two-touchdown hole.
When Dalton Barkman intercepted a desperation pass and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown as the half ended, the rout was on. The only thing that slowed Park Vista's momentum was a lightning delay.
"We were able to make big plays to offset the sloppiness," Park Vista coach Brian Dodds said. "They were taking away certain things we like to do, and kind of forced us to make those big plays, and we did."
After throwing his second interception of the night, Cobras quarterback Qwad Martin hit Valdani Bastien on a short slant and Bastien did the rest, running his way to a 61-yard score. Martin completed three passes, two of them for touchdowns. He finished 3-of-12 with 101 yards.
On the ground, the Cobras used nine ball carriers and rushed for 110 yards, with 33 coming from a Nelyja Floyd end-around. Barkman made it five touchdowns of 30 yards or longer with a 30-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter, and Brandon Sharpe added the last score on a 4-yard run.
Park Vista ended up with more touchdowns (6) than first downs (4).
Boca Raton played unevenly all night, mixing gains such as Cecil Johnson's 30-yard run or Tard McCoy's 21-yarder with plays that achieved little. The Bobcats, languishing without injured quarterback Kevin Anderson, didn't complete a pass and mustered 156 yards of offense. The loss eliminated them from the playoffs.
Olympic Heights 33, Forest Hill 14: Jim Derival had 121 yards rushing and a touchdown, leading the Lions (6-1) past the Falcons (1-6) in Boca Raton. Running back John Cleristor added two more touchdown to go with 80 yards on the ground for the Lions, who totalled 269 rushing yards. For the Falcons, Calvary Pugh rushed for 113 yards.
Santaluces 49, Spanish River 0: The Chiefs (4-3, 3-2 District 13-7A) coasted past the Sharks (0-8, 0-5 13-7A) in Boca Raton.
Berean Christian game suspended: The Bulldogs' game against Miami-Hillell was suspended because of lightnin. There was no immediate word on whether the game will be made up.