Royal Palm Beach 26, John I. Leonard 18: Wildcats savor first victory
Friday, October 22, 2010
by Andrew Abramson
Royal Palm Beach hasn't had anything to celebrate in a long time. So after defeating John I. Leonard 26-18 for their first victory of the season, the Wildcats doused their coaches with a Gatorade victory bath.
When the cooler ran dry, they didn't want to stop the celebration, pouring Gatorade bottles on coaches and eventually just chucking ice in the air.
The only problem was that 9 seconds remained on the clock and the Lancers had the ball deep in their own territory with one final chance to win the game.
Quarterback Travis Lee threw a Hail Mary pass, but Royal Palm's Tremaine McCullough - who ran for two long touchdowns in the fourth quarter - intercepted the pass to clinch the win.
The Wildcats are winless no more.
"There is no better feeling that to get out of that hole," Royal Palm Beach coach Frank Kunf said.
It was ugly on both sides for much of the game, with the Wildcats racking up 125 yards in penalties and the Lancers totaling 80 penalty yards.
Royal Palm (1-6) led 12-0 heading into the fourth quarter on two Kyle Miller field goals and a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown from Florisson Diejuste.
That's when the offenses broke out. Leonard's Lee opened the quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run, and McCullough answered on the next drive with a 61-yard run for a score.
Lee came right back with a 1-yard run for a score to bring the game to 19-12.
The Lancers (4-4) went on a late run in the fourth and Marlin Joseph scored a 4-yard touchdown to bring Leonard within a point. But instead of going for the tie, the Lancers tried running Joseph in for a 2-point conversion, and the Wildcats stopped him.
"We came to win tonight," said Lancers coach Wayne Monroe, who was holding back tears after the loss.