Lake Mary Prep clinches playoff berth
by Dean Smith, Herald Staff
November 06 2011 at 1441 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ray Lewis III ran for four touchdowns and Jason Stimac hit all four of his extra point kicks and two field goals, all in the first half, as Lake Mary Prep clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 34-15 victory in Class 2A-District 4 action at Mount Dora Bible on Friday.

The opening kickoff sailed into the end zone and the Griffins got the ball at their own 20. Lewis then showed everyone his heels as he took off on an 80-yard touchdown run and the rout was on.

Moments later, Stimac kicked a 27-yard field goal to make the score 10-0 and with four minutes left in the first quarter, Lewis quickly erased bad field position with a 96-yard scoring jaunt to make the score 17-0 after the first quarter.

The Bulldogs finally got on the board early in the second period on a touchdown run from quarterback Zachary Murphy-Gerling, but Lewis capped a drive with a 30-yard touchdown run with eight minutes let before halftime.

Less than two-minutes later, Lewis again found himself in the open field and the junior raced 65-yards for his fourth touchdown of the game.

LMP got the ball back before the end of the half and Stimac belted through a 47-yard field goal to make the score 34-7 at intermission.

MDB scored on its first possession of the second half and also converted a two-point try to make the score 34-15, but neither team would score again.

The Griffins are now 7-2 on the season and finish as the runners-up in 2A-4 with a 5-1 mark behind champion Victory Christian from Lakeland, who wound up as the champions by crushing Lakeland-Santa Fe, 58-20.

LMP will look for its eighth win of the season and some momentum heading into the playoffs by hosting Cornerstone Charter Academy from Belle Isle in Lake Mary on Friday at 7 p.m. The Griffins will open regional play by taking on Warner Christian in South Daytona at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 18.

Lewis finished with 353-yars rushing on just 15 carries, while scoring the four touchdowns. He also completed one of two passes for 26-yards, caught a pass for 12-yards, returned a punt for 12-yards, and made 12 tackles, six solo, and had a quarterback sack on defense.

Quarterback Dwayne Rackard Jr. completed three of seven passes for 52-yards and also carried the ball nine times for 37-yards.

Raymond McCullough carried the ball four times for 23-yards and caught an 18-yard pass. Ben DeLuca (26-yards) and Theodore Washington III (22-yards) also caught one pass each.

Austin Grahm equaled Lewis for game-high tackles with 12, seven solo, and a quarterback sack, while McCullough had 11 tackles, five solo, a quarterback sack and two fumble recoveries.

Trinity Prep finished the season with a .500 record (5-5) by rolling over John Carroll Catholic, 27-9, in Ft. Pierce on Friday.

The victory also gave the Saints a 2-3 record and fourth place finish in Class 3A-District 4.

Eliot Shapleigh only completed 3-of-7 passes for 40-yards, but two of the completions went for touchdowns of 20-yards to Grant Senne and 12-yards to Michael Kalaman.

Kalaman also bulled his way in for a two-yard touchdown on his only run of the night and Ryan Hinkley who carried the ball 24-times for 118-yards, also scored on a 16-yard run.

Tevin Covington had a big day all-around for Trinity, rushing for 130-yards on 14 carries, catching a pass for eight-yards, and making 10 tackles on defense, two solo.

Jake Bentley led the defense with 11 tackles, six solo, and a quarterback sack; Reid Moore had eight tackles, four solo; Jon Wiese added seven tackles, two solo, had a quarterback sack and recovered two fumbles; and Robert Sims had a fumble recovery and an interception.

It was case of tit-for-tat for Orangewood Christian as a week after spoiling Pierson-Taylor’s Homecoming; The First Academy of Orlando returned the favor to the Rams this week with a 48-12 victory in Maitland in Class 3A-District 4 action.

The Royals improved to 7-2 overall and finish 3A-4 play with a perfect 5-0 mark. Orangewood falls to 4-5 overall and 0-5 in 3A-4. The Rams will look to close out a perfect non-district season and finish the season at .500 when they travel to Wildwood to take on the Wildcats (5-4) at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

TFA took advantage of its size and athleticism, a perfectly executed onside kick, poor special teams execution by Orangewood and the absence of Rams starting quarterback Randall Birchier, who suffered a broken throwing hand against Taylor, to build an insurmountable 28-0 lead after the first quarter.

Because of falling behind so quickly, Orangewood had to scrap any thoughts of a running attack, rushing just 11 times in the game, while No. 2 quarterback Curtis McWilliams was forced to put the ball in the air 25 times.

And while he only completed seven of those throws, they did go for 130-yards and a touchdown to David Lowery, who caught six balls for 109-yards.

Zach Stone caught the other pass for 21-yards and also carried the ball once for eight-yards.

Jimmy Martin carried the ball seven times for 35-yards and scored the other Rams touchdown, while also making seven tackles on defense.

Chase Picerne had the other three carries for six-yards, while Tanner Johnston had a team-high eight tackles.

The Master’s Academy said good-bye to four seniors, Marc Craen, Jonathan Elardo, Nick Romero, and James Spencer, who were playing in their final regular season home game at Pennington Field on Friday.

Things did not go as well for the Eagles on the field, however, as visiting Seffner Christian romped to a 23-3 victory.

The hosts’ lone score came on a 25-yard field goal by Elardo in the third quarter that cut the deficit to 15-3, but that was as close as TMA would get.

The Eagles, who fell to 4-6, will now prepare to take part in the "Bronze Bowl" that will be held at Pennington Field this Friday night.

TMA will host Merritt Island Christian, which dropped their final game of the regular season to Bishop McLaughlin, 28-7.

The kickoff has been moved to 7:30 p.m. with the pregame show, Eagle Gameday, to begin at 6:30 p.m.