ST. PETERSBURG — In a game that featured a team in its third year and a team with a new head coach, young Bradenton Prep came out on top at Northside Christian.
The Patriots were led by sophomore tailback Jared William, who had 12 carries for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Zach Hammond was 4-for-4 for 175 yards and two scores; his longest was 60 yards to wide receiver Tervaris Hines.
On defense, the Patriots were led by eighth-grade end Horatio Paplilon, who sacked Robbie Williams in the end zone and recovered his fumble for a touchdown.
The Mustangs lost quarterback Jimmy VanDeilen about 21/2 minutes into the game when he was taken off the field by ambulance as a precautionary measure after an apparent helmet-to-helmet hit.
Lauren Burg, Times correspondent