Before Mainland took the field against Matanzas on the night of Friday, Oct. 13, the Buccaneers were losers of three of their last four football games. However, when the fourth quarter clock expired, signaling the end of the game, Mainland left the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium with hope in their previously struggling signal caller Richard Kamara — and a win.
Mainland (3-3, 2-0), which had lost three of its last four games prior to Friday night, routed the Pirates 24-3 thanks to big plays on both sides of the ball. Kamara threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a score, and Mainland’s defense held visiting Matanzas to 32 yards of offense. The Buccaneers had 298 total yards of offense.
Facing a long third down on the first drive of the game, Kamara connected with receiver D'Marcus Adams for what would have been 82-yard touchdown. A taunting penalty was called on Adams, which wiped the score of the board. However, at the 7:47 mark in the first quarter, Kamara hit receiver Brian Jenkins for a 14-yard score to give the Buccaneers the lead early in the game.
In addition, Matanzas (4-2, 2-1) lost fumbles on their first three drives of the game. Their lone points came off a field goal by Julian Del Castillo, who knocked a kick through the uprights from 32 yards out with 28 seconds left in the first half. The score cut Mainlands' lead to 24-3.
The field goal also ended Matanzas' streak of 119 minutes and 32 seconds of scoreless football against the Buccaneers.
Despite the score, Mainland coach Scott Wilson was pleased with the win.
"I'm very proud of our coaches and young men," Wilson said. "I think they did a good job against a district opponent, which is a really good football team. I'm very happy. Wish we could have cleaned some things up, but I'm happy with what went down. We'll take care of penalties, and other than that, we're good."
The Buccaneers, who are now firmly in control of the District 13-6A playoff race, take on New Smyrna Beach at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Mainland High School.
You can check out photos of the game here.