Wildcats win first home game
For Winter Springs, the pain came early in their home opener, meted out in uneven doses by a Winter Park Wildcats football team that the Bears couldn’t stop.
By the end of their season-opening matchup, the Wildcats (1-0) had put 19 points on the board to the Bears’ 6. The only score the Bears would manage the whole game was in a freakish fumble recovery that ended in the end zone.
The Wildcats’ defense prevented any scores from the Bears’ offense, which didn’t manage to mobilize beyond a stray first down in the first quarter.
Meanwhile Winter Park quarterback Sam Richardson shined, easily leading his team downfield on his way to 116 yards in the air and 63 yards on the ground.
The Wildcats will return home to face Ocoee at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Knights (0-1) lost 30-23 to Evans last week.
Over at Dr. Phillips, Edgewater was enduring a nightmare, taking a 48-7 beating at the hands of the perennial postseason contender.
The Eagles (0-1) turned the ball over four times, with two resulting in immediate scores for the Panthers.
On offense, the Eagles actually kept pace with the Panthers briefly in the first half, with quarterback J.B. Woodman connecting with Alton Howard on an 80-yard touchdown pass, but after that, it was all Panthers.
Dr. Phillips put on a clinic on offense, ratcheting the score upward so quickly that the mercy rule clock was triggered in the third quarter, ticking off non-stop until the end of the game. After the first quarter, the Eagles never scored again.
Edgewater hosts Olympia at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Titans are fresh off a 38-27 win over Boone.