High school football roundup: Osceola rolls, Liberty is shut out

Here’s a roundup of Friday’s Osceola County high school football games:

Osceola 42, Celebration 14

The Kowboys (2-1, 1-0) returned to their winning ways on Friday with a 42-14 district win over Celebration.  Osceola jumped out to a 35-6 halftime lead and then picked up a third quarter touchdown to make it 42-6 and force a running clock. Dewayne McGee had a huge night in limited action, rushing for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just three carries. Davon Wells doubled as both a quarterback and a receiver. He caught two passes from Blake Birchler for 88 yards and a score.  Birchler finished the night four of eight for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Ja’Randy Swint rushed six times for 64 yards and a score. Celebration quarterback Will Bohn accounted for both touchdowns for the Storm, completing scoring passes to Anthony Gonzalez and Lee Smith. The Storm (1-2) returns to action on Friday night hosting St. Cloud; Osceola hosts Liberty.

Winter Haven 34, Liberty 0

After a slow start, Winter Haven scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter on its way to a 34-0 shutout over Liberty. The loss dropped the Chargers to 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in district play. Liberty had no answer for Winter Haven running back Tyreece Anglin. Playing in his first game of the season, Anglin rushed 15 times for 120 yards and a touchdown and also added a first half touchdown reception. The Chargers inability to stop the big play was a key to the game. In addition to Anglin’s 26-yard touchdown run, Liberty surrendered a 50-yard touchdown run to Montarious Elder in the third quarter.  The road does not get any easier for the Chargers on Friday as they travel to perennial power Osceola (2-1).

Heritage 40, Gateway 17

The Panthers found themselves in a tight 12-10 game midway through the second quarter, only to see Heritage pull away for a 40-17 win. Trailing 12-3, Gateway closed the gap to two, when Phillip Bangura returned a kickoff 94-yards for a touchdown. The Panthers had a chance to take the lead before half, but Reggie Reynolds intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to give Heritage a 19-10 lead at the half.  Bangura would cut the gap back to two early in the third quarter, breaking loose on a 44-yard touchdown run. But an 18-yard touchdown pass from Devin Alves to Jaiden Pritchard made it 26-17 after three quarters and Heritage (2-1) would tack on two fourth quarter touchdowns for the final 23-point margin. Gateway hosts Harmony on Friday.

Melbourne 33, Harmony 27

After falling behind 27-10 through three quarters, the Longhorns mounted a valiant comeback against Melbourne only to see the efforts fall just short in a 33-27 defeat. The Longhorns would jump out to a 7-0 lead in the game on a 65-yard run by Tyler Emans. But Melbourne’s Jared Spragins would haul in three first half touchdown passes as the Bulldogs took a 20-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.  Reece Allison cut the lead to 10 with a 25-yard field goal early in the third quarter, but Melbourne answered right back with an Antonio Wright 4-yard run to make it 27-10. The Longhorns would rally, getting a short Eman touchdown run followed by a fumble return for touchdown by Darrin Davis to cut the lead to 27-24.  But from there, Justin Popovich would throw his fourth touchdown pass of the game and Harmony could only counter with Allison’s second field goal field goal of the game, as the Longhorns went down to a tough six-point loss at home. Harmony (0-3, 0-1) will seek its first win of the season on Friday, traveling to Gateway (0-3, 0-1) in a non-district game.

Poinciana

Randy Beeken’s Eagles are coming off their bye week.  Poinciana (1-2) will attempt to even its 2019 season record when it hosts winless Teneroc (0-4) on Friday night.