Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky Korner: Cypress Bay and Flanagan. This Really Happened

It wasn’t suppose to end this way. Cypress Bay always beats Flanagan no matter the caliber of the programs. Going into tonight the team from Weston never lost to Flanagan. In fact, when Cypress Bay easily went up 8-0 in the first four minutes of the game things seemed no different than other years. The 11 point favorites starting doing as they did in the past with their Pembroke Pines foe. This was to control the line of scrimmage and act as bullies to the opposing defensive line.

Unfortunately for the Lightning (1-2), that aside from an intentional safety by the Falcons (4-0), the team in green and black would outscore them 35-3 the rest of the game, winning this contest 35-13. This would be the first time Flanagan had ever beaten Cypress Bay and many argue that this was the Falcons biggest win in school history. Dylan Rupert, Marquese Dudley-Gordon and Michael Epstein shined at times but the lack of productivity as a whole, along with costly turnovers forced players like Danny Thomas and Deion Hallmon to remain on the field with a defense that began to tire immensely in the last quarter.  

Cypress Bay, with its anemic offense, led 11-6 at the half but Flanagan would take advantage of opportunities. After forcing a turnover midway through the third quarter, quarterback Ryan Stanley would connect with receiver  Emonee Spence on a 28 yard touchdown pass. This would give the Falcons their first lead at 14-11. Christopher Nealy would then score another of his two rushing touchdowns during this game. In the past there would be no panic for the Lightning. In recent times, we saw Cypress Bay come back but whatever chance they had ended when Devin Bush Jr. was hit in the chest by another errant pass and returned the intercepted ball for a 42 yard touchdown. A three- point deficit quickly became a 17 point deficit in the fourth quarter and Cypress Bay felt the realization that we all saw coming.  A Cypress Bay team that gracefully marched through the playoffs  last year, was merely mortal.  This team was never in the game once they trailed in the second half.  Watching Desmond Mitchell of Flanagan wreak havoc from the defensive side was hard to watch at times.  

Flanagan has much to embrace from this win. With the exception of Miramar, this school will be favored in every district game. The “monkey is off their back.” They knocked off  their nemesis. As for Cypress Bay, there are a lot of questions at many of the skill positions. The answers however will begin at quarterback. Most importantly what  I saw from the eyes of the players who played at the Citrus Bowl last December was yes “this really happened.”




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