There was a point during Friday’s Game of the Week between the host Ocoee Knights and the West Orange Warriors where anyone familiar with how the regular season has played out for the respective teams may have wanted to do a double-take at the scoreboard.
Midway through the second quarter the undefeated Warriors led the Knights just 15-11 — and earlier Ocoee had led.
West Orange would score a quick 14 points before the half though and control the tempo in the second half as the Warriors completed their first-ever 10-0 regular season with a 50-18 win over the Knights (2-8).
Quarterback Woody Barrett threw for three touchdowns and receiver Mike Scott recorded three scores, also, West Orange. Jamel Hyatt and Darlens Mathieu had rushing touchdowns for Ocoee.
The Warriors will face Timber Creek in the first round of the FHSAA Class 8A State Playoffs on Nov. 14.
— Steven Ryzewski
SSAC Playoffs — Windermere Prep 42, Seffner Christian 21
It’s always interesting when budding football rivals Windermere Prep and Seffner Christian Academy meet on the field.
The Lakers and Crusaders played Friday afternoon with the Sunshine State Athletic Conference’s Coral League title and a trip to the 2014 Florida Bowl at stake. Host Windermere Prep built a 28-6 halftime lead – in large part to quarterback Parker Davis’ three touchdown passes and 2-yard scoring run – and withstood a Seffner Christian rally to remain undefeated at 9-0 with a 42-21 victory.
Seffner Christian closed within 28-21 on Dalton Kocsis’ 30-yard field goal with 10:14 remaining, but Chris Granjean shifted the momentum by returning the ensuing kickoff 73 yards. Rylan Thomas scored on a 2-yard run five plays later for a 34-21 lead, and a Seffner Christian turnover set up Granjean’s 20-yard touchdown run and Rayan Refae’s extra point (from 35 yards) with 6:33 left as Windermere Prep defeated the Crusaders for the second time this season.
The Lakers face Coastal League champion Orlando Christian Prep at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the SSAC championship game to be played at The Master’s Academy.
— Chris Mayer
SSAC Playoffs — Orlando Christian Prep 29, CFCA 6
Orlando Christian Prep proved to be the main obstacle during Central Florida Christian Academy’s memorable varsity football season.
The Eagles have won eight games under first-year head coach Michael Bonneville, but CFCA dropped both of its meetings this year with OCP including Friday’s 29-6 setback in Orlando. Friday’s hard-hitting game determined the Sunshine State Athletic Conference’s Coastal League representative in the upcoming Florida Bowl and matched the top two seeds from the Beach Division.
Trailing 14-6 early in the second quarter, CFCA had a 46-yard touchdown pass from Gehrig Chambless to Bradley Dos Santos nullified by a penalty and the drive ended with an interception on the next play. The Eagles subsequently stopped OCP’s opening drive of the second half by recovering a red-zone fumble, but their ensuing possession resulted in a 10-yard loss on a fourth-and-5 play from the CFCA 43. Crishon Frazier’s 10-yard touchdown run came with 1:56 left in the third quarter and gave the Warriors (10-0) a 20-6 lead, and Isaiah Rodriguez added a TD run with 3:21 remaining.
CFCA will now face Seffner Christian Academy in the Florida Bowl Series’ third-place game at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, on The Master’s Academy campus.
— Chris Mayer
Friday’s other results:
Dr. Phillips 37, Winter Park 24
Extra point: Panthers complete third undefeated regular season.
Melbourne Holy Trinity 46, Foundation Academy 28
Extra point: Lions take a loss while resting several starters ahead of next week’s playoff game.
Jones 44, Olympia 7
Extra point: Rough end to 2014 campaign for 1-win Titans.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal 49, Legacy Charter 12
Extra point: Eagles close otherwise successful season with tough loss.