Finishes regular season 7-3; playoff berth likely
On to the playoffs!
Jecoryan Davis-Hamilton ran for three touchdowns, and Akeem Brown added two more to lead Apopka to a 44-12 road win over the Oak Ridge Pioneers.
The Blue Darters closed-out the regular season with a 7-3 record and now await word from the Florida High School Athletic Association for their playoff fate on Sunday. The likelihood is that they will qualify for the playoffs despite not winning District 8A-4.
In the latest rankings before the Oak Ridge game, Apopka was the #6 seed in the 8A-Region 1 standings, but the win over Oak Ridge could vault them into the #5 slot.
The Blue Darters put the game out of reach early-on with three first-quarter touchdowns and a 22-0 lead. Davis-Hamilton opened the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run only two minutes into the game and then scored on a two-point conversion run to give the Blue Darters an 8-0 lead. Then after the Pioneers punted, Brown scored on a 3-yard run which gave Apopka a 16-0 lead after a two-point conversion run by Cornelius Williams.
With 1:37 left in the quarter, Jackson Darlington threw a short pass to tight end Jalen Carter who broke a tackle and outran the Oak Ridge defense to score on a 40-yard pass reception.
The Pioneers finally answered midway through the second quarter to cut the lead to 22-6 on a 13-yard touchdown pass, but Davis-Hamilton scored his second touchdown before the end of the quarter to close out the halftime scoring and give Apopka a 30-6 lead.
Davis-Hamilton and Brown each scored third-quarter touchdowns to give Apopka a 44-12 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but both teams went scoreless in the final period.
If they do make the postseason, Apopka will play its first game on the road because they did not win their district. Kickoff would be at 7:30 PM on Friday, November 10th.