Football: Spring jamboree at Dunedin



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Thu. May 24, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

At Dunedin
Seminole 8, Northeast 6
Dunedin 13, Northeast 8
Seminole 7, Dunedin 6

Spring game-breakers: Seminole’s defense came through, holding two high-powered offenses to a combined 12 points. Both scores came late in each half and the Warhawks stopped two-point conversions in both games. … Seminole relied on its size up front to move the ball effectively on the ground. The Warhawks’ Trevor Ralph scored on a short run against Northeast. Beau Browning had Seminole’s lone touchdown against Dunedin on a 48-yard run. … For Northeast, it was the Ryan Davis show. The rising sophomore showed off his Houdini-like moves, scrambling around to buy time to rush for than 50 yards and throw for more than 200 combined in both halves. He also accounted for both scores on throws, including one on the last play of the half against the Falcons to avoid being shut out. Davis tried to run a two-point conversion against Seminole to tie the game but was stuffed. … Dunedin showed off its running game with Tramaine Batten and Shaquille Dixon combining for more than 180 yards in both halves. Batten and Dixon each scored on runs against the Vikings. … Batten occasionally lined up at quarterback in some Wildcat packages. … In the half against Seminole, Dixon scored on a 31-yard shovel pass from MacKenzie Benson on the final play of regulation. The Falcons went for two but Batten could not convert on a run.

Did you know? In the past three weeks, the Warhawks have technically won three games counting a victory over Clearwater in an official’s scrimmage. … The Falcons dressed 48 players, up from 32 last year. … The first half between Northeast and Seminole was delayed more than 30 minutes by lightning.

Audible 1: “I was pleasantly surprised. We beat two pretty good teams. Our defense kept their playmakers in front of us and made plays in both halves.” — Seminole coach Sam Roper

Audible 2: “We played well on offense despite not having some guys who were out. Defensively, we ran a lot of base stuff and just wanted to see if the kids can play. I feel like we’re going in the right direction.” — Dunedin coach Max Smith


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