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Devodney Alford's (3) game-winning touchdown catch from BeSean McCray gave DP a 17-13 Regional Semifinal victory over Osceola (2017) (photo by Steven Ryzewski)

Football battles back to beat Osceola
11/18/2017 2:07:00 PM

More often than not, when two teams are equally matched both offensively and defensively, special teams play will decide the outcome and that was never more true than at Friday night’s Regional Semifinal. Without argument, the highlight of the game was senior running back Devodney Alford’s eight-yard touchdown reception from BeSean McCray with 15 seconds left in regulation that give fourth-seeded Dr. Phillips a 17-13 comeback victory over host and top-seeded Osceola. But there is also no argument that DP’s kickoff return team put the offense in position on all three of DP’s scoring drives.

After Osceola capped a marathon 14-play drive with a 31-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead to open the second quarter, senior captain Tanner Ingle ignited the Panthers with a 25-yard kickoff return and started the drive with a ten-yard first down run as well. Devodney Alford’s nine-yard carry was bolstered by a 15-yard penalty to give DP a first down at the Osceola 48. On third and eight from the Kowboys’ 46, Alford, who finished with three receptions for a team-high 49 yards, hauled in a 29-yard pass from McCray for a first down at the 17. Three plays later, BeSean McCray rolled to his right and was looking for Devon Buckhanon in the back corner of the end zone but instead saw an open seam and darted 12 yards inside the right pylon for a touchdown to give DP a 7-3 lead at the half.

Osceola put together their second formidable drive on the opening possession of the second half, marching 80 yards in 12 plays culminating in a 41-yard quarterback keeper to take a 10-7 lead. But once again, DP’s special teams gave the offense another boost. On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Fox broke free for a 37-yard return to set the Panthers up at the Osceola 45. Facing third and nine, McCray hooked up with Davarius Bargnare for a 17-yard gain down to the Kowboys’ 27-yard line. A ten-yard Osceola penalty got the Panthers as close as the 13-yard line but the drive stalled, allowing senior kicker Sterling Stockwell to split the uprights from 30 yards out to tie the game at 10-10 heading into the fourth quarter.

The DP defense suffocated Osceola’s vaunted ground attack the entire fourth quarter, forcing a pair of three-and-out possessions and just 15 yards on ten carries with one first down in the final period. The Panthers looked to take the lead early in the fourth when BeSean McCray slipped into the secondary and galloped 75 yards down the left side for a touchdown but a holding penalty brought the play back and the Panthers punted two plays later. After another three-and-out series by Osceola, tragedy nearly struck the Panthers deep in their own end. After moving the football to the 46-yard line, a 17-yard penalty and a six-yard sack forced the Panthers to punt it away again. Osceola loaded the right side of the line and two Kowboys charged in untouched, blocking Sterling Stockwell’s punt that was recovered at the DP 24. After Osceola moved the ball down to the DP 12, junior linebacker Jaquarri Powell stuffed a second down run behind the line, one of 14 defensive stops of zero or negative yardage by the Panther defense, and Osceola elected to kick a 26-yard field goal with just over two minutes left in the game for a 13-10 lead. But as legendary coach Lou Holtz once said, “Every field goal you kick gets you closer and closer to losing.”

Osceola had two minutes and four seconds to continue their undefeated season but Tanner Ingle wasn’t about to let the DP season go down without a fight. Ingle took the kickoff from the 15 and knifed through the Kowboys’ coverage 54 yards down to the Osceola 31. BeSean McCray then hit Davarius Bargnare for an eight-yard gain and two plays later, picked up a first down with a four-yard run to the Osceola 18. McCray absorbed a sack for a seven-yard loss but the Panthers were clearly still in Sterling Stockwell’s range for a potential game-tying field goal. Facing second and 17 at the 25, McCray found Davarius Bargnare once again, this time for a 17-yard gain and another first down at the Osceola eight-yard line. After spiking the ball to stop the clock with 22 seconds left, BeSean McCray avoided pressure in the pocket, rolled right and fired a pass to a wide-open Devodney Alford just over the goal line for the game-winning touchdown. Osceola had two opportunities for big plays on their final drive but their offense ran out of bullets and ran out of time. Dr. Phillips (10-2) advances to the Regional Championship for the fourth consecutive year and will travel down to Sarasota Riverview Friday night.

Name Attempts Yards Average Long TD
Devodney Alford 12 39 3.3 10 0
BeSean McCray 9 34 3.8 12 1
Tanner Ingle 3 8 2.7 10 0
TEAM 5 -18 -3.6 1 0
Total 29 63 2.2 10 1

Name Comps Att Yards TD Int Pct
BeSean McCray 9 17 105 1 0 52.9%
Total 9 17 105 1 0 52.9%

Name Receptions Yards Average Long TD
Devodney Alford 3 49 16.3 29 1
Davarius Bargnare 4 47 11.8 17 0
Devon Buckhanon 1 5 5.0 5 0
Trey Schyck 1 4 4.0 4 0
Total 9 105 11.7 29 1

Return Yardage
Name Total Punt Kickoff Int Fumble Bl Kick TD
Tanner Ingle 122 0 3-122 0 0 0 0
Michael Fox 37 0 1-37 0 0 0 0
Davarius Bargnare 9 1-9 0 0 0 0 0
Total 168 1-9 4-159 0 0 0 0

Name Punts Avg Long FGM/FGA Long XPM/XPA Pts
Sterling Stockwell 3 39.7 42 1-2 30 2-2 5
Total 3 39.7 42 1-2 30 2-2 5

Team Totals
Category Dr. Phillips Osceola
Points 17 13
Rushing Yards 29-63 (2.2) 50-189 (3.8)
Passing/Comp/Att/Yards 9-17-105 (52.9%) 2-5-5 (40.0%)
Total Yards 168 194
First Downs 9 12
Third Down Conv % 6-13 (46.2%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Fourth Down Conv % 0-0 0-0
Turnovers 0 0
Penalties 6-57 5-45
Avg. Field Position DP 40 O 31

Dr. Phillips 0 7 3 7 0 17
Osceola 0 3 7 3 0 13


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