FPC ends season with 27-21 loss to DeLand
With a state playoff berth on the line, Flagler Palm Coast fell just short Nov. 2, in a 27-21 district loss at DeLand.
With the win, DeLand captured the District 1-8A title and will advance to the playoffs.
Flagler Palm Coast ended its season 6-4, 3-2 District 1-8A.
FPC trailed 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter. Then, with about seven minutes left in the game, sophomore Marcel Williams took the ball under the Wildcat formation and ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21.
But with about four minutes to go, DeLand scored to take a 27-21 lead after a missed extra point.
Senior Willie Gardner returned the ensuing kickoff inside DeLand’s half. FPC got the ball deep into the DeLand red zone, but an interception with less than a minute left to seal the victory.
Palatka defeats Matanzas, 45-19
Matanzas dropped its second straight district game Nov. 2, a 45-19 road loss to Palatka.
The Pirates (3-6, 1-4 District 4-5A) trailed 20-13 at halftime, but Palatka scored 25 second-half points, including 11 unanswered in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The season has been one of runs for the Pirates, who won two straight before dropping its last two.
The Pirates took an early 6-0 lead Friday night behind two field goals by kicker Ian Hubbs.
But Palatka scored back-to-back touchdowns, including a 99-yard kickoff return, to take a 20-13 halftime lead.
Quarterback Jeremiah Wilson finished the game 3-for-12 for 24 yards and one interception. Wilson also had 13 carries for 79 yards.
Juniors Al’Kwazi Spencer (14 carries, 59 yards) and Stefan Tucker (eight carries, 53 yards) each scored a rushing TD.
Matanzas looks to end its ski when it closes out its season 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at home against Atlantic. It will be Senior Night.
Flagler Force roller hockey wins tourney
The Flagler Force hockey team, which comprises players mostly from Flagler County, won the ball hockey title Oct. 28, in New Port Richey.
The team is captained by Larry Tanenbaum, who runs the Flagler County Ball Hockey league.
Things didn’t start exactly the way Flagler Force wanted them to, though.
In the preliminary round, the Force lost its first three games. Heading into the playoff on Sunday, the team was the second-to-lowest seed.
Before games began Sunday morning, the team met to discuss communication problems and tactics.
That proved key.
The Force won 2-0 in the semifinal game and then won the championship game, 1-0, on a goal by rookie Zach Ellis late in the third period.
Goalie Matt Wentworth was stellar between the pipes. He was awarded Best Goal for the recreational division.
Carl Litchfield was named team MVP.