Here are the scores from tonight's high school football action:
Game of the Week —
Windermere Prep 46, Seffner Christian 20
It didn't take long for the Lakers (2-0, 2-0 division) to assert themselves in this one — Windermere Prep scored on the second play from scrimmage and sprinted to a 30-0 lead.
Seffner Christian (2-1, 1-1 division) would respond though, and as the Crusaders positioned themselves back within striking distance in the second and third quarters, the Lakers responded by going away from their usual air-attack and pounded the ball on the ground.
“We have an I (formation) package for situations when it’s raining, when it’s a four-minute offense, and we had to go with that a little bit," Windermere Prep coach Jacob Doss said. "It’s not something we want to do or like to do, but I might have to go back and look at it because it was awesome.
"We had a good couple drives and had to grind it out," he said. "I think we had the ball the entire third quarter."
Leading the way with that rushing attack was senior captain Chris Granjean, who had 181 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns on the ground to pair with 88 receiving yards and a touchdown.
West Orange transfer Rylan Thomas helped key a physical effort on both sides of the ball for the Lakers, with three solo tackles and a forced fumble on defense and a rushing touchdown on offense.
“He’s been an unbelievable spark for us — he brings a whole different attitude to our campus," Doss said of Thomas. "He is a tough, hard-nosed kid."
Though Seffner would get it as close as 30-20 in the early third, Windermere Prep would control things the rest of the way and outscore the Crusaders 16-0 from that point.
The Lakers will host The First Academy - Leesburg on Sept. 19 at 4 p.m.
West Orange 42, Oak Ridge 20
In arguably the marquee matchup of the night in Central Florida, the Warriors (3-0) raced out to a 21-0 lead over the highly-regarded Pioneers (2-1) and never quite relented.
The game represented the most complete effort for West Orange of the young season — and against the toughest opponent on the first half of the schedule. Oak Ridge defeated powerhouse Apopka in Week One and is considered a state title contender in Class 7A.
The Warriors enjoyed the continuing progress of junior quarterback Woody Barrett. Barrett directed West Orange up-and-down the field all night and made good use of the talented skill players around him.
“He knows that he can rely on us," senior receiver/running back Jalen Julius, who scored a touchdown on a 60-yard sprint, said. "Woody gets better every day."
One of Barrett's favorite targets, junior receiver Eddie McDoom, made a pair of athletic catches for touchdowns.
“On the record, we can’t get the ball to Eddie McDoom enough," West Orange coach Bob Head said. "He’s that good of a football player."
Dexter Williams ran for 124 yards and had a rushing touchdown, also.
The Warriors will now prepare to host Leesburg on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Winter Park 49, Ocoee 0
The Ocoee Knights (0-3) played their 2014 home opener Friday night, resulting in a 49-0 setback to Winter Park (3-0).
Nick Sproles – subbing for injured starter J.P. Colton – threw four first-half touchdown passes to help lead the undefeated Wildcats (3-0). Ocoee was held off the scoreboard for the third straight week. Quarterback Steven Hogan directed an impressive third-quarter drive as the Knights reached the Winter Park 4-yard line, but John Hodges scooped up a fumble along the sideline on third down and ran 96 yards for a Wildcats touchdown.
Ocoee (0-3) kicks off its Class 7A District 4 schedule Friday, Sept. 19, on Homecoming against Lake Howell.
— Chris Mayer, Contributing writer
Dr. Phillips 44, Seminole 7
This contest was tied at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter but the Panthers (3-0), the top-ranked team in Class 8A in the state, got rolling after that and never looked back as they trounced the Seminoles (1-2).
Senior running back Daquan Isom continues to impress in his first season at Dr. Phillips, rushing for three touchdowns on the night.
The Panthers begin district play next week when they host Colonial on Sept. 19.
Freedom 20 , Olympia 19
Olympia (0-2) came up just a point short of its first victory on Friday, falling in a last-second defeat to Freedom (1-2).
The Titans have improved each week this season, though, and will look to build on Friday's defeat when they host Edgewater on Sept. 19.
CFCA 44 (3-0, 2-0 division), International Community School 6 (0-3, 0-3 division)
For the second consecutive season the Eagles are off to a 3-0 start.
CFCA was dominant again on Friday and, to this point this season, has outscored opponents 132-15.
Things will get tougher, though, when the Eagles travel to take on undefeated Orlando Christian Prep on Sept. 19.
Carrollwood 26 (1-2), Foundation Academy 21 (0-3)
The Lions fell to 0-3 on Friday but, at the very least, this was a considerable step in the right direction.
After two lopsided losses to start the season, Foundation came up just short against Carrollwood and will look to notch its first win of the regular season when it hosts Taylor on Sept. 19.