Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Preseason football: Durant 34, Bloomingdale 17

PLANT CITY — Jamarlon Hamilton scored four touchdowns Friday as Durant rolled to a 34-17 victory over Bloomingdale.

The senior running back tallied 70 yards rushing, including a 48-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and teamed with quarterback Trey VanDeGrift on a pair of second-quarter touchdowns.

VanDeGrift, a transfer from Strawberry Crest, shined in his Durant debut, throwing for 185 yards.

"He's got a lot of poise and throws a nice ball," said Durant coach Mike Gottman. "He did pretty well tonight."

On his first play as a Cougar, VanDeGrift connected with Paxton Sims for 46 yards. A few downs later, Hamilton scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns to give Durant an 8-0 lead.

Bloomingdale responded on the ensuing kickoff as Alex Ragland went 95 yards for a touchdown. Ragland nearly scored again in the third quarter, going 92 yards before getting pushed out at the 8-yard line.

"We knew coming in that he was going to be big in our return game," Bloomingdale coach John Booth said. "His kick return in the first half really set the tone for us."

Travis Puterbaugh, Times correspondent

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