Spring football: Jamboree at Newsome
Durant 21, Brandon 7
Bloomingdale 21, Newsome 17
Spring game-breakers: The veteran offense of Durant was on display Thursday as the Cougars cruised past Brandon 21-7 in the first half. Durant unveiled its thunder and lightning combination, with 230-pound fullback David Tabakovic starting the scoring on a 2-yard plunge. Speedy Cameron Myers was up next, cutting through the Brandon defense on a 67-yard dash to put the Cougars up 14-0. ... The Eagles showed resilience as crafty quarterback Harry Kanu led a 13-play scoring drive capped by a 13-yard connection to Jamal Nash to cut the lead to 14-7. In the end, Durant's speed and experience was too much. Third-year starting quarterback Carlton Potter hit Myers on an 83-yard bomb later in the quarter for the final points of the first half of play. ... The second half between Bloomingdale and host Newsome featured more fireworks as Bulls receiver Ed Amos returned the opening kickoff to 80 yards for a touchdown. ... Newsome answered with an explosive play of its own as Dakota Allen connected with Cornelius Bryant on a post from 65-yards out to tie the score at 7-7. ... A pair of running backs put Bloomingdale up for good as Corey Thornton (5 yards) and Levi Williams (12 yards) found the end zone for a 21-10 lead. ... Allen found speedster Patrick Jolly from 18-yards out just before the half ended.
Did you know? Durant's Tabakovic was born in Russia. ... Myers has eight Division I scholarship offers. ... This was the first game for new Brandon coach Isaac Anderson. ... Bloomingdale may rely on transfers at running back and quarterback as Corey Thornton (Brandon) and Levi Williams (Gaither) vie for time in the backfield, and Barry Wyche (Brandon) and Lance Anderson (Durant) look to be under center. ... Newsome speedster Jolly is attracting attention from Division I schools for both track and football.
Audible: " I'm very pleased with our offseason. The kids have done everything we asked them to do. We are starting set expectations and the kids are seeing that winning is a product of what we do and the work we put in. " Bloomingdale coach Max Warner