Courtesy photo The Sebring Youth Sports Senior football squad.
published: Saturday, October 13, 2012
SYS Streaks take a bite out of Bulldogs
By DAN HOEHNE
Saturday, Sept. 29, saw continued success for the Sebring Youth Sports football squads.
Facing the Bulldogs of DeSoto at the Sebring Sports Complex, the Blue Streaks picked up four wins in four tries, though the Senior team came up short against Okeechobee in their contest.
The Sebring Flag squad pitched a shutout to start the action, with the offense kicking it into high gear in the 44-0 win.
Rhett Vaughn took a handoff from Gregory Smith and ran in for the first score, with a pass to Josiah Taylor connecting for the extra point.
Smith then picked off a Bulldog pass and returned it for a touchdown, with Taylor again making good on the extra point.
Jordan Gregory was the next to reach the end zone, with Dyveon Collymore finishing the extra, for a 24-0 lead at the half.
Smith started out the second half with another score, with Jayden Garrett also joining the touchdown parade to up the lead to 36-0.
Gregory then finished it off with a score and Taylor added the two-point conversion for the final, lopsided, margin of victory.
The Mitey Mites may have scored half as many points as their Flag brethren, but their defense matched the shutout in a 22-0 win.
Trenton Brown got things moving with a 73-yard run to set up a Tyler Shiflet touchdown, with Beau Riley converting the extra point.
Big tackles were made defensively from Travis Asklassou, Ashton Griffin and Lorenza Stevenson to keep DeSoto in check, while Brown took off on a 54-yard scoring run and added the extra point himself.
Shiflet was able to take it in from six yards out for his second touchdown, with Brown adding the extra point, to put the finishing touches on the win.
The script, unfortunately, was flipped in the Senior game against the visiting Brahmans.
The Blue Streaks saw a strong drive get deep into Okeechobee territory, with a pass to Kyree Watson getting it to the 30 and James Ancrum pushing forward for another four yards.
Nathan Barouch ran for a first down and Buddy Elfers and Garet Yarbrough continued to push the pile forward.
But the drive was soon stopped short and would serve as a blueprint for the rest of the game.
Okeechobee would score on a deflected pass and an interception return in the first half and add a rushing score in the second half to pave the way to a 19-0 win over the Sebring Seniors.
It was back to facing off with DeSoto for the Pee Wees, and it was back to winning big as the Streaks cruised to a 45-0 win.
This time it was the defense getting things going as Derreck Thomas drilled Bulldog quarterback Randy Campbell Jr. just as he was releasing his throw.
Ethan McMillian stepped in front of the altered pass and turned it into a "pick six" to put Sebring on the board.
Later, McMillian went to work offensively and his 10-yard pickup was followed by an Alvin Tomblin touchdown catch.
The defense again proved opportunistic as Thomas got his own interception to get the ball back for the offense, which soon saw Willis McGuire take it in for another score.
Thomas would nab another interception, which was followed by a 60-yard Ryan Brown touchdown run.
Brown added the extra point and the rout was on.
McMillian would add another touchdown, this on a 55-yard run, to balloon the lead heading into halftime.
Peyton Anderson got the second half started in a big way, returning the kickoff 65 yards to paydirt, with Thomas taking in the extra point to make it a 39-0 game.
Branden Crisman and Edrick Lockett would later provide strong running to keep the chains moving, before Lockett finished the drive with a scoring run to provide for the final margin.
The biggest nailbiter of the day, of course, was on tap in the last game, with the Sebring Juniors hanging on for a 32-24 win over DeSoto.
The Junior Bulldogs got on the board first behind a Nehemiah Hillard score, which would be the lone score of the first quarter.
Hilliard would score again in the second to add to the DeSoto lead, but Tay Tay Ancrum answered back with a touchdown with Tyree Dellop adding the extra point.
Hilliard, however, would find the end zone again and the lead was back to two touchdowns at the half.
It would quickly be whittled into as Ancrum took the opening kickoff of the third quarter all the way back.
On the ensuing Blue Streak kickoff, DeSoto lost control and Wilbert Segarra pounced on it to get it back for Sebring.
Kamari Brown then took it in for the score and tighten it up.
On the Bulldogs next drive, another fumble is forced and is scooped up by Cayleb "Biscuit" Albury, but the drive to take the lead would falter.
But a later turnover would pay off big as Dellop stepped in front of a DeSoto pass to get the ball back.
Soon, Kamari Brown would take it in and get Sebring the lead.
Brown would later take it in for another touchdown to add an insurance score.
Which would come in handy as DeSoto saw another Hillard score, but it would be too little, too late.
The teams will work through the week, fresh off the day of wins, and prepare for their final home date on Saturday, Oct. 6, against the visiting North Port Huskies.
Games are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with admission of $3 for those 12-and-older and $2 for those under 12.
There will also be a raffle held at $5 per ticket, or five for $20, for a Florida Gator helmet signed by the first and second team offense.
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