After losing to Mainland in 2015 and 2016, the Panthers exacted revenge in dominant fashion.
ORLANDO It turns out revenge is a dish best served by the Dr. Phillips defense.
After the Panthers lost to Daytona Beach's Mainland High by three touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, Dr. Phillips (3-0) scored a decisive victory of its own in the series, shutting out the visiting Buccaneers 20-0.
"It was 'DP defense' for the first time this year," Panthers head coach Rodney Wells said. "They were kind of (angry). We gave up 30 points, 21 points, 24 points — and that's not really who we are."
Senior running back Devodney Alford rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, marking his third consecutive game where the dynamic back has topped the 100-yard mark.
"It's time for him to get his due respect," Wells said. "He was a great back last year, but he had to share the backfield with two, three other seniors."
Brice Ingram also had a big game for the Panthers, amassing 10 tackles, forcing a fumble and even getting in on the offensive fun with a rushing touchdown.
Friday's game was also the regular season debut of senior Tanner Ingle. The Tennessee commit had missed the beginning of the season due to an injury.
Dr. Phillips will begin district play Sept. 29 at Oak Ridge.