TAMPA – The scrimmages began at 9:30 a.m. at Dad’s Stadium on the campus of Plant High School on Saturday. What ensued was an hour long pour down.
After that, the next six games were played in the blazing sun as the day turned into a nice one.
The host Panthers battled East Bay to open up play.
Other one-quarter scrimmages played were Tampa Bay Tech vs. Brandon, Blake vs. Newsome, Blake vs. Robinson, King vs. Jesuit, Chamberlain vs. Wharton and Lennard vs. East Lake.
Here’s a recap of the seven games held on Saturday at Plant.
PLANT 6, EAST BAY 0
Leonard Parker’s fumble recovery on a botched punt in East Bay’s own end zone won this sloppy and soaked affair 6-0. The junior cornerback/running back showed up a few times in this one especially on that touchdown with six seconds left.
Plant senior running back Ty Thompson didn’t make it through the scrimmage as he was helped off the field by his teammates due to a leg injury.
Defensively, East Bay did a good job of keeping senior quarterback and USF commit Jordan McCloud in check. Junior defensive end Cameron Hines had a sack and brought consistent pressure. Sophomore defensive tackle Clyde Piner proved to be a good run stuffer and junior cornerback Tre Everett held his own.
TAMPA BAY TECH 7, BRANDON 6
No Michael Penix Jr. at quarterback for Tampa Bay Tech, so it was sophomore Peter Stuart earning the start. The 5’10” passer led his group down the field for the game winning drive late in the first quarter as sophomore running back Tino Hunt scored on a long touchdown run.
Junior defensive tackle Knyjel Burgess recorded a sack for the Titans.
Brandon’s offense moved the ball effectively at times. That included a drive capped off by a Harry Kanu touchdown to Josh Mendez (video here). They were the two bright spots for the Eagles on the day.
NEWSOME 7, BLAKE 6
Isaac Trammel’s rushing touchdown held up as the game winner for Newsome as they edged Blake 7-6. The junior got the edge on a red zone carry and took advantage (video here).
Blake didn’t stop fighting as junior quarterback Edward Walker II did damage with his legs on a long quarterback run for a touchdown later in the game. He made some impressive throws and certainly looks like an asset for the Yellow Jackets.
The play of the game was a Patrick Jolly run that he took down the left sideline for a 20-plus yard gain for Newsome. Jolly is a senior UCF commit.
BLAKE 8, ROBINSON 6
Originally it was supposed to be Durant taking on Robinson, but Blake stuck around after Durant never showed up.
The Yellow Jackets came out determined as senior defensive end Patrick Keenan added a strip sack fumble that he took back for a touchdown (video here). Blake converted the 2-point conversion to move ahead 8-0.
For Robinson, they started to gel a little bit more as the game went on. Junior running back Kyriece Lake caught a short dump off pass that he took 50 plus yards for the score. Lake earned good protection on the Kobe Copple throw and went untouched into the end zone after he turned on the jets.
JESUIT 34, KING 0
It wasn’t pretty for the King Lions as Jesuit put a 34-0 beating on them in just one 12 minute quarter. Freshman running back Ricky Parks combined for three touchdowns while freshman BJ Graham and junior Larry Hodges contributed scores as well.
Parks earned plenty of carries after senior Vinny Losauro and junior Matthew Pittman came out of the game.
Here’s a clip of his third touchdown of the day.
That is TD No. 3 for Ricky Parks. Jesuit takes a big 34-0 lead over King in this scrimmage. 41 seconds left. pic.twitter.com/BedEhtI4Qi
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) August 12, 2017
Senior quarterback Brendan Flynn drew the start and he took advantage. He looked confident under center and made a lot of strong throws. Freshman Enzo Tedesco and senior Nick Vastano entered the game after him. I think it is evident that the Tigers trust Flynn the most right now.
Junior cornerback Jaden Pask had an interception and Losauro recorded a forced fumble for Jesuit.
CHAMBERLAIN 14, WHARTON 0
Junior quarterback Tyler Riddell is a confident young man. He threw a touchdown pass in the red zone and led the Chiefs to another touchdown drive to pick up the 14-0 win over Wharton.
On the other score, senior running back Demetrius West showed true determination as he broke free from what appeared to be the end of the play.
Take a look.
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) August 12, 2017
Donte Taylor and Santonio Hunt also stood for the Chiefs. Taylor made nice tackles in free space while Hunt had an impressive one handed catch towards the end of the game (video here).
For Wharton, senior cornerback AJ Hampton flashed sound tackling while senior left tackle Lavel Dumont was powerful as both a run and pass blocker.
EAST LAKE 21, LENNARD 0
Tucker Gleason accounted for two touchdowns while Isaac Gibbs had one other score as East Lake shut out Lennard 21-0 in the final game of the day.
Gleason, a sophomore quarterback and wide receiver caught a long touchdown pass and also threw a touchdown strike to Malik Bowman (video here). Senior quarterback Jackson Rowland spent the majority of the game under center and performed well overall.
The Gibbs came score came from 13 yards out early in the game. He is a junior running back that the Eagles trust a lot. Senior defensive backs Reed Puzzitiello and Joshua Bowers played a fine game on the back end for East Lake.
Junior defensive end Justin Williams had a couple of really nice tackles for Lennard. Offensively, senior Marquez Roberts made a pretty catch down the right sideline towards the end of the game.
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