Teams from West Orange and Southwest Orange treated football fans to some excellent gridiron action Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 27.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Foundation Academy (6-3), 49
The First Academy (5-4), 41
HIGHLIGHTS: Foundation Academy and The First Academy treated football fans to an offensive shootout, with the Lions getting the win 49-41 over the Royals Friday, Oct. 27, at home. What’s more, the win secures Foundation a spot in the playoffs. After a relatively quiet first quarter that ended with Foundation up 7-0, the scoring opened up in the second half. Both the Lions and Royals found the end zone twice, giving Foundation a 21-14 lead heading into halftime. The scoring continued in the second half, and every time the Lions seem to be pulling away, the Royals battled back to keep the game close. With four minutes left in the game, TFA pulled within 8 points, 49-41. However, Foundation was able to hold on for the victory.
UP NEXT: The Lions travel to West Oaks Academy Friday, Nov. 3. TFA will host Windermere Prep Friday, Nov. 3.
THURSDAY OCT. 26
Olympia (7-2), 34
West Orange (3-6), 20
HIGHLIGHTS: Olympia took a 22-7 lead into halftime and never looked back as it claimed the coveted Fence trophy. The Titans rode to victory on its vaunted rushing attack. Senior Romelo Ware piled up an astonishing 303 yards on 26 carries — a whopping 11.7 average yards per attempt — and four touchdowns. Quarterback Juan Gainous also carried the ball four times and one touchdown.
UP NEXT: Olympia travels to South Lake Friday Nov. 3. West Orange hosts Osceola Friday, Nov. 3.
Dr. Phillips (6-3), 27
Ocoee (4-6), 19
HIGHLIGHTS: Following a 31-21 loss to Olympia Oct. 13, Dr. Phillips High School has strung together two big wins in two weeks. Last week, the Panthers got the best of West Orange, 10-3, to reclaim the Ol’ Orange Crate trophy. And last night, they outlasted a fiery Ocoee squad (4-6), 27-19, to improve to 6-3 and 3-1 in Class 4M, District 5. DP took a 20-6 lead into halftime on Ocoee’s Senior Night. And even though the Panthers only managed seven points in the second half, it was enough to come out on top.
UP NEXT: DP is scheduled to travel to Jones Friday, Nov. 3.
Horizon (4-5), 0
Jones (6-3), 56
UP NEXT: Horizon visits Windermere Friday, Nov. 3.
FRIDAY, OCT. 27
Windermere Prep (1-6), 31
Neumann (Naples) (4-4), 44
HIGHLIGHTS: Although the Lakers went into halftime with a 21-13 lead, Neumann had a huge 24-point third quarter to gain the upper hand.
UP NEXT: Windermere Prep will travel to The First Academy Friday, Nov. 3.
Lake Buena Vista (4-4), 7
Bishop Moore (6-3), 56
HIGHLIGHTS: Bishop Moore found the end zone six times in the first half to put this game away early.
UP NEXT: Lake Buena Vista welcomes Colonial Friday, Nov. 3.
Legacy Charter (2-6), 14
St. Joseph Academy (St. Augustine) (3-6), 56