After a Sharks’ opening scoring drive and a rhythm-less quarter from the offense, Mainland (10-1) fed off of the student section and bands’ momentum to rout Sebastian River 35-3 Friday, Nov. 13, at Daytona Municipal Stadium.
The Bucs’ only first-half score came in the second quarter, on fourth and short, when Kevin McCrary broke through the middle of the carnage and ran away for a 24-yard touchdown.
After forcing Sebastian to punt after the break, Denzel Houston found Randy Baker in the corner of the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown pass. On the Sharks’ ensuing drive, they botched a snap, which Mainland recovered, and, on fourth and goal at the three-yard line, Houston zipped a bullet to Baker between the numbers for a second touchdown pass to go up 21-3.
On the next drive, Baker went out on defense, and the Sharks’ quarterback found him, which was an interception. He would return it for a touchdown, but a penalty brought the ball back near midfield, but two big runs by Adrian Killins, including a nine-yard score, put Mainland up 28-3.
With a little over five minutes left in the game, Keevin blocked a Sebastian punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a fifth Bucs touchdown on the night to give Mainland a 35-3 lead, and Jah’mard Morgan picked off the Sharks’ quarterback to give Mainland the ball in order to run out the clock.
“I played a great game, but the team crunk it up another notch,” Baker said. “But, I feel that if we work hard like this and play how we did tonight, Palm Bay Heritage is going to have a big problem.”
The Bucs will welcome Heritage of Palm Bay in round two at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Municipal Stadium.