County football roundup: Osceola, Celebration have big wins; tough losses for Toho and Liberty

OSCEOLA 41, Cypress Creek 0

Osceola ran out to a quick 34-0 halftime lead and then scored on the fourth play of the third quarter to institute a running clock in beating Cypress Creek, 41-0. The running clock created some frustration for Osceola Head Coach Doug Nichols, as he was hoping to get some playing time in for his younger athletes.

“The rule is the rule and I get that, but we score three plays into the third quarter and it goes to a running clock.  Cypress picks up a couple of first downs and runs nine minutes off the clock.  Our young kids get just one series and the next time we get the ball back there is only enough time to fall on the ball twice,” he said.

 The Kowboys (4-1) did dominate on both sides of the ball and on special teams during the rout.  Sophomore running back Roshaun Dudley scored on touchdown runs of 25 and 15 yards and also hauled in a 25-yard scoring pass from sophomore Blake Birchler.

QB Davon Wells threw for one touchdown and ran 15 yards for another in limited action and the Osceola defense picked up interceptions from Nolin Eaddy, Jeremiah Wilson, Kaylon Walters, and Jadan General in the victory.

Osceola hosts St. Cloud in the 96th edition of the fifth oldest high school rivalry in state.

 CELEBRATION 37, Freedom 27

Will Bohn ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more as Celebration (2-3) pulled away from Freedom High (1-3) to earn a hard-fought 37-27 win. Bonn had a monster night for the Storm, rushing for over 200 yards and throwing for 192 as Celebration evened its district record at 1-1. Trailing 7-0 in the game, the Storm cut the gap to one on Bonn’s 30-yard touchdown run.  Behind 14-6, Bonn would then make it a two-point game--hitting Lee Smith on a 28-yard scoring play. Down 21-12, Bonn would keep it close with a 9-yard scoring play to Anthony Gonzalez. With Freedom up 27-20 and driving towards another score, Andrews Arias would give Celebration new life with a fumble recovery and Bonn would later score on a 3-yard touchdown run. A successful two-point conversion would give Celebration a 28-27 lead.  Smith would then take a direct snap from center on a jet sweep, but would pull up and fire an 18-yard touchdown pass to Joe Hall to give Celebration a commanding two-score lead.

“For the last couple of weeks, I felt we were getting closer and closer to having a complete game on offense and it finally clicked for us,” Celebration Head Coach Jay Sobke said. “The fact that it was a road game and that we kept coming from behind told me about the fight and character in this team.  It was extra special because it was a district win.”

 Celebration will have a chance to even its season record next Friday when it travels to Titusville (1-3).

“They (Titusville) are in the same situation we were in a year ago,” Sobke noted. “It’s a relatively new head coach and staff trying to build a competitive program and they have had a few struggles. Hopefully we will be able to keep our momentum going and pick up a victory.”

 George Jenkins 18, LIBERTY 12

Liberty took the opening kickoff and grabbed a 6-0 lead when John Smith completed a 19-yard scoring pass to junior WR Luis Maddox. Jenkins would tie the score later in the quarter and would add a late touchdown in the second period to take a 12-6 lead into the locker room at half. A third period interception turned into a pick six for Jenkins (4-2) and the Chargers fell behind 18-6. Gaining the ball midway through the fourth quarter, Smith would direct a long drive where he would eventually score on a keeper to make it 18-12. Jenkins would be able to pick up a couple of first downs however and would run out the clock for six point win.

“We played a pretty solid game on both sides of the ball,” Liberty Head Coach Brandon Pennington said.  “Unfortunately, we made some errors on offense and turned the ball over. We also needed a stop at the end of the game but they were able to pick up some first down and run out the clock on us.”

 Liberty, 0-5, returns to action this Friday night by hosting Tohopekaliga (2-3).  

 Melbourne 32, TOHOPEKALIGA 27

Toho (2-3) rallied from several deficits before grabbing a 27-26 lead at the end of three quarters. But Melbourne scored a fourth quarter touchdown and the Tigers, 2-3, could not find the equalizer. Justin Popovich threw for two touchdowns for Melbourne that moved to 5-1 with the win.

 Winter Haven 61, POINCIANA 0

Wide receiver Jakobe Lane scored three touchdowns, and junior quarterback Tyler Martin threw for two more, as Winter Haven (3-2) blasted past Poinciana, 61-0. The Eagles fell to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in district play.

 Viera 45, HARMONY 7

After trailing by just 7-0 at halftime, Harmony fell behind 17-0 in the third quarter before the Longhorns got back in the game on a 72-yard touchdown pass from Keaghan Black to Donald Adams to make it a 10-point game after three. But powerful Viera would score 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to record a 45-7 victory.  Jerimiah Housey scored on a 7-yard touchdown catch and ran 63-yards for a touchdown to lead Viera, 2-2, to the victory. The Longhorns, 1-4, face another still challenge this week – hosting traditional Orange County power Bishop Moore (3-3) at 7 p.m.