FT. MYERS – D’Vonte Price put the Charlotte Tarpons on his back.
Trailing 24-21 in the second overtime in Friday’s Class 6A region final at Ft. Myers, Price took a wildcat snap 10 yards into the endzone for the game-winning score.
The Tarpons (12-0) won 27-24 and will play host Miami Carol City next Friday in the state semifinal.
“I knew before I even came on the field that I was going to score a touchdown,” Price said. “I just knew it. I put all I had in it.”
Price totaled four touchdowns for Charlotte. Trailing 14-0 at the half after punting four times and tossing an interception over the first 30 minutes something clicked.
The second play of the third quarter was a thing of beauty as Price hauled in a 78-yard touchdown pass from quarterback D’Andre Hicks.
Charlotte missed a 30-yard field goal on its next drive and it took until the final quarter to tie the game.
Again, Price showed up big. He caught a 48-yard pass on third and long and hit the hole on an 11-yard touchdown run seconds later.
The two teams punted on the next three drives and overtime popped up.
Price opened the first overtime with a 10-yard score up the middle on the opening play. Ft. Myers answered on a 10-yard touchdown grab in the back of the endzone from Yasias Young on 3rd and goal.
The Green Wave (9-4) drilled a field goal down the pipe to initially move ahead 24-21 in the second overtime. But Price did what he did all night, make a play.
He finished with 165 total yards and four touchdowns, all in the second half and beyond. The senior athlete left the game briefly in the third quarter with an ankle injury, but battled through pain the rest of the way.
As much credit as Price deserves for rallying his group, the Tarpons defense should be proud. Charlotte held Ft. Myers to no points in the second half, allowing 66 total yards while forcing five punts.
The turnaround efforts came after Green Wave running back Darrian Felix gashed Charlotte for two touchdowns, a 43-yard run and a 73-yard catch on a bomb from Dawson DeGroot.
Both teams grinded this game out on the ground, but the high impact plays came from the Tarpons offense via the pass. Charlotte will have to play tough and then some against a Carol City group that took down a very gritty Mainland team 33-7 on Friday night.
It is onto the state tournament for the Tarpons who are looking to stay undefeated next week at home and find a way into the 6A state title game.
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) November 26, 2016
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