Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: American Heritage and Mainland – Where was the points?


Daytona Mainland took the trek down to Plantation, Florida with confidence.  They were undefeated after four games and averaged 31 points per game. The host, Plantation American Heritage had only one blemish on their record but that was to Miami Central and they too averaged nearly 30 points per game.
Who would imagine such a low scoring game?  Who would imagine that neither offense would score?


A 20 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by the Patriots Julian Perez on the Buccaneers first offensive play from scrimmage would be the only points scored in this game. Plantation American Heritage (4-1) defeated Daytona Mainland (4-1) 6-0 in a game marred with penalties, four missed field goals and a missed extra point.


Top running back, Sony Michel would rush for 146 yards but his productivity was overshadowed by the school’s 16 penalties. In fact, three Patriots touchdowns were called back in the second quarter on consecutive plays.  Juwan Dowels would contribute on the offensive side of the ball, while having an interception and blocked field goal on defense.  Anthony Flory would seem a step faster than everyone else on the field and forced Mainland to several third and long situations.


For Mainland, their top play was a 76 kickoff return by Meiko Dotson to open the 2nd half.  Trey Rodriguez and Kaylo Hannah would help move the ball when the school used the Wildcat offense that became popular a few years ago. The team’s first 5 series led to no first downs until a roughing the kicker call midway through the 2nd quarter.


These schools would battle to the end. It would begin with each team waiting for the other to enter the field to a scuffle in the last minute of the game that led to a Patriots player being escorted off the field by a security staff member.  The incident began when Heritage quarterback, Torrance Gibson took a knee to run out the clock in the final minute and then a Mainland player jumped into the play after the whistle to get the ball. Both coaching staffs immediately entered the field once the extra curricular activity began from both sides.


American Heritage will go back to District 16-5A to challenge their nemesis, Miami Jackson.  Quinton Flowers will move the ball for the Generals so the penalties we saw last night will not be acceptable next week.  Mainland will go back to District 9-6A to play Deltona.  The 2003 state champions from Volusia County had opportunities to win this game.  The hope is that they look more closely at their two back set which I found most effective. While this team lost to a South Florida team last night, they most likely will have to beat one in the state semifinals (Miami Central) if they want to make it to Orlando



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