SIDELINES: Hill scores two fourth-quarter TDs to lift Mainland

Also: Seabreeze's Hayden Hayes throws four touchdown passes; Pirates boys, girls place fifth at cross country meet.

Rodney Hill scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in Mainland's 28-24 win over Bartram Trail on Sept. 8. File photo by Michele Meyers
Rodney Hill scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in Mainland's 28-24 win over Bartram Trail on Sept. 8. File photo by Michele Meyers
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Mainland held on to its No. 1 MaxPreps football ranking in Class 3S with a 28-24 win over Class 4S No. 5 Bartram Trail on Sept. 8.

Rodney Hill scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Bucs, who improved to 3-0. The Bears (2-1) led 24-14 at the end of the third quarter. Hill’s 8-yard touchdown run pulled the visitors to within a field goal at 24-21. He then rumbled 43 yards for a score to put Mainland ahead with 3:44 remaining.

Khamani Robinson also had two long touchdown runs for the Bucs, scoring from 67 and 57 yards.

Mainland will return home on Friday, Sept. 15, for a game against Jacksonville Raines (2-0).


Seabreeze’s offense got rolling for the first time this season but its defense struggled for the second straight week in a 64-36 loss to University at Daytona Stadium.

Hayden Hayes threw four touchdown passes — two to Tyrone Cordare. Denali Campbell scored on a 91-yard kick return to put the Sandcrabs up 22-19 with 1:35 left in the first quarter. Campbell also caught a 58-yard touchdown pass on third-and-14.

Landon Smith scored on a 76-yard catch and run, and Drew McInerney kicked a 43-yard field goal.

The Sandcrabs (0-3) will have a week off to make corrections. They’ll travel to DeLand on Sept. 22.


The Matanzas boys and girls cross country teams both finished fifth at the Coach Joe McKinney Classic on Sept. 9 in New Smyrna Beach. Seabreeze's boys were sixth. Mainland's girls were seventh.

Spruce Creek's Mackenzie and Arianna Roy finished first and second in the girls race with times of 18:20.3 and 18:37.6, respectively.

Matanzas' Sierra Howard ran her best time of the season with a 20:33.8 to place ninth, while the Pirates' Nina Rodriguez was 16th with her best time of the season at 21:29.1. Matanzas freshman Noemi Malinowski finished 21st with a personal record 21:56.5. Kiera Williams led Mainland with a 25th-place finish in 22:05.7.

Seabreeze sophomore Hunter Shuler finished ninth in the boys race with a time of 16:59.8, which was just 1.3 seconds off his personal record that he set the previous week in Ocala.

Matanzas sophomore Blaine Vogel (17:04.7) was 12th. Chris Murdock of First Baptist in Bunnell ran a PR 17:13.8 to finish 15th.

Lake Mary won the girls team title, while Orlando Boone won the boys team title.

Email Associate Editor Brent Woronoff at [email protected].   


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