Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Football: Palm Harbor University 28, Seminole 16

SEMINOLE — Palm Harbor University (1-1) came out Saturday morning to resume a weather-interrupted game and scored two quick touchdowns to take control and top Seminole (0-2) 28-16.

Key plays: With 1:36 left in the first quarter, Seminole led 7-0 and had run 18 offensive plays with PHU managing just a three-and-out. But the Hurricanes scored twice in a five-minute span to go up 14-7 early in the second quarter. … Seminole capitalized on a long kickoff that pinned the Hurricanes inside their own 10. On the second play from scrimmage the ball was snapped out of the end zone for a safety, allowing the Warhawks to reclaim the lead and get the ball.

Key drive: The game was stopped Friday night with 6:03 left in the third quarter due to lightning and heavy rain. It resumed at that point Saturday morning with PHU having a first down at its own 20. The Hurricanes drove 80 yards for a touchdown, then recovered a short kickoff that was muffed on the wet field, leading to 64-yard scoring drive. The Warhawks trailed 28-16 before they ran an offensive play.

Stars of the game: Austin Henkel scored both touchdowns for the Warhawks, on a 6-yard run and a 61-yard reception from quarterback Tony Tonova. … Wyatt Beasey threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes.

Stats of the game: Tonova attempted only two passes in the first half, completing both to Henkel for a 35-yard gain and a 61-yard touchdown. … One of the rarest plays in football is the quarterback catching his own pass and making a positive gain. Beasey's throw was batted up in the air by the Warhawks defense but he caught it and ran 49 yards to the Seminole 10. So Beasey was on both ends of the Hurricanes' longest pass play of the game.

Final word: "We took the field into consideration, and they have a lot of great athletes back deep to return the kickoff. We wanted to keep it at mid-level and give our guys a chance to get the ball, and it worked out for us so we could control the field position." — PHU coach John Scargle on the surprise short kickoff his team recovered to set up the final touchdown.

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