A doctor may not have diagnosed it, but I’ve had concussions.
I didn’t see Tweety Bird circling around my head, but I remember the headaches after an intense high school football game or practice.
The physicality was natural back then. Even though we were drilled to keep our heads up, we still took multiple blows to the head on a daily basis; using a helmet that I believe would keep me safe. Read More…
Run date: 11/25 in Charlotte Sun
CAPE CORAL — The Plantation American Heritage High School boys basketball team might want to consider trying out for the track team come spring.
After all, the Patriots proved they could run and jump Saturday night.
American Heritage used its high-tempo offense and tight defense to run away with an 87-49 victory over North Port High School on Day 2 of the Turkey Shootout at Island Coast High School.
Seven Patriots had at least eight points, led by sophomores Keshawn Evans and Josh Borders who had 13 and 11 points, respectively.
“We kind of ran into a buzz saw today,” North Port coach Curt Allen said. “We turned it over early, and once we showed any sign of weakness passing the ball,
the kind of went to a new level.”
Right from the start, American Heritage, a perennial contender for the state title, created fast break opportunities by getting into North Port’s passing lanes. The result was a 24-10 lead after the first.
The second quarter offered more of the same, and Jeremy Mullings capped the period with a half-court buzzer beater to extend the lead to 54-26. “We weren’t handling the ball well enough to play the way we wanted to play,” Allen said about the pace of the game. “… It forced us to make quick plays, and once we got into a track meet, that was one we were going to lose.”
At the start of the third quarter, North Port (3-1) attempted to control the tempo by slowing down the action, allowing the Bobcats to start picking away at the deficit.
After North Port sophomore Malek Barber picked up a pair of quick fouls — his third and fourth — to force him to the bench, American Heritage resumed forcing turnovers and converting them into fast break points.
“I told him after the game that he was a warrior all weekend but he made some silly fouls,” Allen said of Barber. “He’s going to have to learn.”
Freshman forward Brandon Gonzalez provided one bright spot for North Port. He led the team with 11 points, thanks to his ability to get to the line.
Allen said he thinks the team is right where it should be at this point in the season and has the potential to compete in the district, adding the Bobcats are more of a “hunter, not the hunted” this season.
“I like this group; I like where we can go,” Allen said. “There’s just some areas that we’ve got to definitely get better.”
Original run date: Nov. 17 in Charlotte Sun
PUNTA GORDA — The sight of Martin County High School driving down the field to go ahead with little time remaining on the scoreboard was all too familiar for the Charlotte High School football fans.
History repeated itself Friday night as the Tigers scored the go-ahead touchdown when running back Dan Fillhaber punched the ball from a yard out with2:13 left on the clock. For the second year in a row, the host Tarpons found themselves on the losing end because of it, this time in a 35-32 decision that ended their season.
Fillhaber had two touchdowns and 159 yards, but the real star ended up being Jermohn Queen, who torched the Charlotte defense for three scores and 341 yards on 32 carries.
“We didn’t have an answer for it,” Tarpons coach Binky Waldrop said of the consistent seal blocks that opened space for the two running backs. “We put 10 people up there against that, and we still couldn’t stop it. They just out-physicaled us all night.”
Neither Queen nor Tigers coach Chuck Kenyon said they could have even imagined the video game-like numbers Queen put up, especially considering that he usually makes his name on the basketball court as one of the better players in the state. But Kenyon said it just showed Queen’s athleticism.
“We knew that he was going to be our feature … but Queen’s just special,” Kenyon said. “We know that this is fun for him, he’s tough as nails.”
Though Charlotte’s defense didn’t fare well, the same couldn’t be said of the offense, led by Clyde Newton.
The senior running back ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and caught another 12-yard score in the losing effort. Tarpons quarterback Brennan McGill threw for 257 yards on the night and a pair of touchdowns with a pick on 13-for-22 passing.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Martin County had seized the momentum thanks to Janarie Jones interception and three touchdowns in the third to lead 28-17. But Charlotte fought back at the start of the fourth thanks to an 80-yard drive that featured 30 yards rushing from Newton and a 12-yard touchdown reception.
The Tarpons converted a two-point conversion to bring it to within three but finally took a 32-28 lead when Newton was able to punch it in again from a yard out.
That’s when Fillhaber took over, rushing for 55 yards of an 80-yard drive to give Martin County the lead for good.
Charlotte received the ball with two minutes left and had a shot but a pair of false start penalties backed the Tarpons up enough to stall any chance at pulling out a win.