There are no hurricanes setting their sites on Florida, but the Ocoee Knights may beg to differ. The Apopka Blue Darters rolled into town with category five force and blew Ocoee up 44-7 to open their regular season tonight. The rout comes a week after Apopka beat perennial powerhouse Daytona Beach Mainland 26-14 in a pre-season game at Roger Williams Field on the campus of Apopka High School.
Freshman running back Eric Wright gashed the Knights for 222 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback/running back Jecoryan Davis-Hamilton added 50 yards and three more touchdown runs. They made up for junior running back Cornelius Williams’ absence due to an injury. Williams ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns last week against Mainland, but tonight it was his replacement who ran wild on touchdown bursts of 28, 1 and 80 yards. Davis-Hamilton has lined up as both a running back and quarterback, but against Ocoee he ran between the tackles and behind the Blue Darters’ massive offensive line for three hard earned touchdown runs inside the 5-yard-line.
The Blue Darter defense was for the second straight week an immovable presence, wreaking havoc with a swarming pass rush which created several sacks and kept the Knights off balance the entire game.
Apopka (1-0) opens its home season next Friday against the Miami Norland Vikings in a non-conference battle. The Vikings were 4-6 last season.
Kickoff is at 7PM.