The 6A top-ranked Buccaneers (7-0, 2-0) extended their win streak on the season to seven with a 41-7 win over the Oviedo Lions Thursday, Oct. 9, at Daytona Municipal Stadium.
The Lions opened the game with a successful drive down to the Buccaneers’ red zone, and then Bryan Gregory picked off Nick Carbone’s pass.
“After I got the interception, the offensive momentum picked up,” Gregory said. “They started a little slow, but then the game speed picked up.”
Mainland quarterback, Denzel Houston, took the Bucs down the field and connected with Kaylo Hannah for a 14-yard touchdown pass, but Hannah would be taken off the field and wouldn’t return with an apparent knee injury. The Bucs would miss the extra point.
On a long third down, Houston found the end zone, when he scrambled 23 yards to extend the Bucs’ lead to 12-0. Their two-point conversion attempt failed. Just before half, Houston hit running back, Adrian Killins, on an 11-yard touchdown pass to take the lead to 18-0. Houston finished the first half with over 200 total yards and three touchdowns.
Mainland came out for the second half and drove down field, and Killins found the end zone a second time on a 1-yard run to put the Bucs up 25-0 over Oviedo. Oviedo would get a defensive score from Drew Lazeration, after Houston fumbled on a sack, to cut into Mainland’s lead 25-7. Oviedo was unable to generate any points after forcing another Mainland turnover in their own red zone.
On Mainland’s ensuing possession, Killins ran 80 yards for his third touchdown of the night to put Mainland up 33-7. Mainland scored its last touchdown on a trick play, where Houston threw the ball to Cyrus Fagan, who then threw it to a wide open will Collins for 56 yards.
“It showed tenacity from our boys, because they continued to fight hard, although we were missing a lot of starters,” coach Scott Wilson said. “And, our defense…no matter how many positions we put them in, they didn’t allow a score.”
The Bucs’ defense has not allowed a second-half point this season. Gregory caught two interceptions in the Bucs’ territory to help continue their streak.
“I couldn’t have done it without the help of my D-line getting pressure on the quarterback,” Gregory said. “The fact that we haven’t given up any second-half points shows that we finish. We fight hard until the end, and that comes from our coaches pushing us hard at practice, having us run in the dark when the lights go out.”
Mainland will play the New Smyrna Beach Barracudas Friday, Oct. 17, in New Smyrna.