P.K. Yonge struggled on the road against Daytona Beach Father Lopez Friday, losing 46-21 in the District 2-3A opener for both teams.
The Blue Wave offense finished the night with 4 for 12 passing for 63 yards and one interception, as well as 23 rushing attempts for 88 yards and two touchdowns. P.K. Yonge head coach Kent Johnson said the magnitude of the game was lost on some of his players.
“It's the first district game. Everything you've done was in preparing for this moment,” said Johnson, “Obviously Father Lopez was a little bit bigger and deeper up in the front areas. Their maturity really showed early on in the game.”
The Blue Wave offense were led by senior running back Anthony Andrews and junior wide receiver Antwain Patterson.
Patterson rushed 4 times for 78 yards and the offense's only two touchdowns of the night, while Andrews notched 13 rushes for 25 yards. Johnson said Andrews, who stepped in at both quarterback and running back, was playing with a bad ankle during the matchup with the Green Wave.
“Anthony always plays very hard. He came in on a bad ankle and we even had to re-tape it a couple of times. I felt like some of his explosiveness was lost through that,” said Johnson.
The Blue Wave defense was highlighted by junior linebacker Jamal Barnes intercepting Green Wave quarterback Josh Spencer, returning it 25 yards for a touchdown.
P.K. Yonge's record now stands at 2-4. Coach Johnson says the Blue Wave will use this loss as a learning tool in helping them prepare for their homecoming game next Friday against Interlachen.
“We've got a veteran coaching staff with a very young team. A lot of sophomores are playing out there in lots of positions on our squad,” said Johnson, “We'll break down the film, use it as a teaching tool, and we'll help them get prepared to have a happy homecoming.”
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The Green Wave rushing attack recorded huge numbers at Alumni Stadium with 54 carries for 445 yards and six touchdowns.
The offense was fueled by senior quarterback Joe Boden who went 10 for 18 for 122 yards, and had 21 carries for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Green Wave head coach Jason Dunlap says he felt great having Boden back playing after the senior sat out in last week's loss against Melbourne Central Catholic.
“We kept him out as a precaution to keep him healthy,” said Dunlap,”We're excited about him and just continuing to get better in the passing game. That's what we need to do.”
Running back Justin Bryant posted 13 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown and Javel Hankins tallied 20 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns for Father Lopez.
The Green Wave will host Christ's Church Academy next Friday in their homecoming game.
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