Action far from close in most of these spring games

A round-up of Thursday night spring football action.

By Times staff
Published May 18, 2007

At Plant City

Scores: Armwood 26, Newsome 0

Durant 21, Plant City 0

Spring game-breakers: Armwood's Sherman Jessie scored three of the Hawks' four touchdowns, including on a 7-yard run and two passes from Mywan Jackson. Eric Smith was the Hawks' main threat on the ground, rushing 12 times for 120 yards. The Hawks defense held the Wolves to less than 40 yards and one first down. Rob Jones scored the Hawks' final touchdown as time ran out. ...Durant's ground game was split primarily between Ryan Rice and Travis Ellis. Together the two rushed for 100 yards with each scoring touchdowns. Cougars quarterback Jeremy Fussell threw a 9-yard touchdown to Royce Rose for Durant's second score.

Did you know?: According to Newsome coach Dan O'Regan five players did not participate Thursday because they weren't able to practice while playing for Newsome's baseball team that advanced to the state semifinals.

Audible 1: "Our first business is that we have to beat Plant." Armwood quarterback Mywan Jackson on his team's focus for next season.

Audible 2: "Thank God that got called back." Durant coach Mike Gottman on a penalty that nullified Plant City's first play, an 85-yard swing pass to Sirchauncey Holloway.

Jarrett Guthrie, Times correspondent

At Blake

Scores: Jefferson 14, Robinson 0

Plant 26, Blake 0

Spring game-breakers: Jefferson running back Jamil Crews carried the ball six times for 44 yards and one touchdown. Crews also had two catches for 24 yards. ...Junior Plant quarterback Aaron Murray looked every bit the capable replacement to Robert Marve after going 10-for-18 for 239 yards and four touchdowns. ...Blake's Duriel Harris made a couple Plant defenders look silly on a 72-yard kickoff return that brought the ball to the Plant 20.

Did you know?: Each time Jefferson broke a huddle during pregame warmups, the team yelled "C.J." in honor of slain teammate C.J. Mills. ...Blake had the ball inside the Plant 10 on two separate drives but came away empty each time, turning the ball over on downs once and fumbling the second opportunity away.

Audible 1: "It's a great challenge because he had a great record and did a lot of positive things for Jefferson. Being able to replace him is an honor." Jefferson quarterback Zack Grossi (8-for-15 for 88 yards, one INT) on replacing Stephen Garcia.

Audible 2: "We still have a bunch of senior leaders on the team...We lost some important players, but I think we'll replace them and keep it going." Plant receiver Derek Winter (three catches for 43 yards, one TD) on winning another state title.

Bryan Burns, Times correspondent

At Berkeley Prep

Berkeley Prep quarterback Archie Barnes threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lift the Buccaneers to a 27-21 victory at Orlando First Academy in a four-quarter spring classic.

The victory marked the formal debut of new coach Dominick Ciao, the former Jesuit coach lured out of semi-retirement to help revitalize Berkeley's program. Ciao suited fewer than 10 seniors Thursday night. Berkeley led 21-14 entering the fourth, when both teams agreed to insert their JV players. Seniors Nick Myers and Nate Greaves caught TD passes from Barnes, a 6-foot-5 senior making his first varsity start.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

At Shorecrest

ST. PETERSBURG - Cambridge junior Taylor Cabral simply shook his head. The pregame film the Lancers watched on Shorecrest before the Spring Classic was consistent; power-I and wing-T offensive sets.

But the Chargers shocked Cambridge Thursday with their new look - shotgun, several backs and a heavy dose of deception - in thumping the Lancers 34-12 at Haskell Field.

Cambridge scored first on a 37-yard interception return by linebacker Michael Miller. But Cabral had two touchdowns called back due to penalties, which burned the Lancers all game.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer