In it a battle of Eagles versus Eagles, Legacy High's defense shined brightest in a game rescheduled to Saturday afternoon because of Hurricane Matthew.
by Jean Racine | Correspondant
OCOEE The path of Hurricane Matthew forced Legacy Charter and CFCA to play their scheduled rivalry game later Saturday morning instead of Friday night, with Legacy getting the best of CFCA 10-0.
With teams unable to practice on Thursday or Friday before taking the field at CFCA on Saturday, the game was as much a battle against the unique situation the storm presented as it was between teams.
“It was so hard to have a game plan,” said Legacy head coach Jarrett Wiggers. “This has been the weirdest weak ever — missing two days of practice due to the hurricane, basically only having one full day of practice this week. It was hard to know how we were going to come out.”
As it happened, Legacy (4-2) came out strong and capitalized on turnovers to score all 10 of its points in the first half. Legacy’s senior quarterback Hilton Lamprecht connected on a 37-yard touchdown pass to senior Zachary Kelley for the game’s only touchdown with seven minutes left in the second quarter.
Lamprecht in his second game back from injury, took the majority of snaps at quarterback, with junior Gehrig Chambless lining up at several positions for the Eagles in addition to also taking some snaps at quarterback.
“We didn’t know if we’d be able to run the ball, throw the ball,” Wiggers said. “So we came out just kind of ready to do a little bit of each and see what was going to work. We took advantage of some turnovers today, but that was just a really hard fought game — it could of went either way, honestly.”
Legacy’s other points came on a 25-yard field goal converted by Kyle Burdue.
Led by freshman running back Supreme Richardson, CFCA’s ground-heavy offensive attack saw several drives get traction and approach scoring position. A combination of turnovers and a bend-but-don’t-break effort from the Legacy defense, though, kept CFCA off of the scoreboard.
“We have a lot of young guys, we’re about five games in into putting a new offense. … Our plan was to come in and be run heavy,” explained CFCA coach Chris Cook. “It worked — we just fumbled two or three times in key situations. We have a pretty good power game; counter, iso, that sort of thing. So, we just shot ourselves in the foot.”
For Legacy: The Eagles (4-2) will host winless Orangewood Christian (0-5) at 7 p.m. Friday.
For CFCA: The Eagles (2-4) will travel to take on undefeated Windermere Prep (6-0) at 4:30 p.m. Friday.