ST. PETERSBURG — Here’s the condensed version of Admiral Farragut coach Chris Miller’s game plan Friday, one that flashed and flickered more than the west coast skies:
Let Todd Macon gash Carrollwood Day off-tackle, followed by Brad Hyman-Muhammad keeping the Patriots off-guard.
On a night when rain fell in drizzles and flags fell in droves, the Blue Jackets (5-0, 3-0) employed their standout runner and receiver with equal abandon in a critical 36-29 district triumph against the Patriots.
Macon finished with 201 yards (183 in the first half) and a touchdown on 19 carries. Hyman-Muhammad, nicknamed “Honey-Badger,” had six catches for 132 yards and three TDs.
“I think obviously we wanted to keep them off-balance so we did a really good job as a team, I think, mixing up the run and the pass early,” said Miller, whose team conquered the biggest obstacle in its quest for another 2A-5 title.
AFA finished with 173 passing and 198 rushing yards in a contest featuring 20 penalties and a 30-minute lightning delay.
CDS senior Robert Davis, who ran for more than 300 yards against AFA in 2011, finished with a season-low 107 yards on 17 carries. He exited in the fourth quarter with what coach Lane McLaughlin said was a sprained meniscus and didn’t return.
Without him, CDS (4-1, 2-1) mounted a final scoring drive, capped by Vidal Woodruff’s 2-yard quarterback sneak with 5:23 to go, but was stopped on its last possession at midfield.
But the backbreaker for the Patriots was a false-start flag on fourth and 1 at the AFA 8 on the previous possession. CDS didn’t score on the drive.
In the second quarter Macon broke at least three tackles on a 57-yard run on third-and-34 to give the Jackets a 14-7 lead with a two-point play.
“The O-line was amazing today,” said Macon, who has more than 400 rushing yards in the past two meetings with CDS.
The drive after that, Hyman-Muhammad caught his first TD pass, a 20-yard simple post from Robinson on fourth and 8.
Robinson finished with 173 passing yards and four TDs.
“They started off triple-guarding me, double-guarding me,” Hyman-Muhammad said. “But my coach did a very great job of spreading the ball and getting the other guys noticed. … And then Todd Macon with the running, they couldn’t keep touching on me.”