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Senior Japerri Powell rushed for a career-high 153 yards and 2 touchdowns in DP's 35-18 victory over Oak Ridge to earn the Apex Wealth Management Player of the Game (2018)

Fast start powers Football past Oak Ridge
9/29/2018 1:04:00 AM

DP Football had been outscored 42-10 in the opening quarter this season but Friday night against Oak Ridge, the Panthers jumped on the Pioneers quickly with 21 first quarter points and rolled to a 35-18 victory, their 23rd consecutive win in the series and 41st consecutive district victory. Senior Japerri Powell rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns and junior Brandon Fields finished with 98 yards rushing and a touchdown.

The DP defense forced Oak Ridge to punt on their opening possession, but a bad snap allowed Japerri Powell and Bryan Bell-Anderson to tackle the punter for a loss of 12 yards to give the Panthers possession at the Oak Ridge three yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Canaan Mobley drove across the goal line from a yard out and DP was up 7-0 with 9:12 to go in the first. Oak Ridge looked to gather some offensive steam on their ensuing possession with a 19-yard run near midfield but two plays later, Bryan Bell-Anderson picked off the Pioneer pass at the DP 23 yard line and it didn't take the Panthers long to strike again. On the first play, Brandon Fields got the call on a jet sweep and rumbled 77 yards down the home sideline for a touchdown to double the lead to 14-0. Another three-and-out by Oak Ridge gave the football back to DP and after Jalen Washington returned the Pioneer punt 17 yards to the DP 47, Japerri Powell broke into the secondary and galloped 52 yards for DP's third touchdown in four plays for a 21-0 lead at the 3:35 mark of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Oak Ridge gathered some steam and drove down to the DP seven yard line but two consecutive incomplete passes forced the turnover on downs and the Panthers went to work again. A mixture of short gains and a few penalties put DP at their own 39, facing fourth and one. With a sizeable lead, the coaches decided to gamble and it paid off. Japerri Powell ripped off a 47-yard run right up the gut and Oak Ridge was flagged for a personal foul giving DP a first and goal at the seven. Jaquarri Powell spelled his brother in the backfield and he made his only carry count, driving through the line for a seven-yard touchdown run that gave Dr. Phillips a commanding 28-0 lead with 7:10 to go in the half. Oak Ridge wasn't going away easily, though. After Jaquarri Powell sacked the quarterback to force a punt from the Oak Ridge 30, DP fumbled the punt return, giving the Pioneers new life at the DP 36. Five plays later, they hit for an 18-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 28-6 and scored again one drive later to make it 28-12 heading into halftime.

DP couldn't get much going in the third quarter, punting on all three drives, and Oak Ridge had several opportunities to cash in on good field position. With their second drive of the half starting at the DP 38, a 14-yard pass put the ball on the Panthers' 17 and two plays later, Oak Ridge scored their third consecutive touchdown off an eight-yard run but for the third time, their two-point conversion attempt was stuffed as DP's lead was now only ten, 28-18, heading into the fourth quarter. The Panthers took over near midfield with 7:50 left in the game and delivered a steady dose of Powell and Fields as they drove 51 yards in ten penalty-filled plays and capped the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run by Japerri Powell to seal the victory. 

Defensively, the Panthers had a season-high six players finish in double-digit tackles, led by Homecoming King Cameron Williams (13), TJ Young (12, interception), Stephen Dix (11, sack), Frank Maciejczyk (10), Jadai Smith (10) and Jaquarri Powell (10, sack). Japerri Powell picked up nine tackles while Tevin Griffey finished with nine tackles and broke up two passes.

DP (2-4) now leads the all-time series with Oak Ridge, 25-1, and stands undefeated in district play with Freedom, Olympia and Cypress Creek standing in the way of its 11th consecutive District Championship and an automatic playoff berth. But before that, they'll have to contend with state-ranked Wekiva next Friday in the Spoone; a rematch of last year's State Semifinal.

Name Attempts Yards Average Long TD
Japerri Powell 16 153 9.6 52 2
Brandon Fields 15 98 6.5 77 1
Nivon Holland 3 23 7.7 14 0
Jaquarri Powell 1 7 7.0 7 1
Brenden Cyr 1 4 4.0 4 0
Jeremiah Grandison 1 2 2.0 2 0
Canaan Mobley 2 1 0.5 1 1
Jalen Washington 1 1 1.0 1 0
TEAM 1 -6 -6.0 -6 0
Total 41 283 6.9 77 5

Name Comps Att Yards TD Int Pct
Brenden Cyr 1 2 0 0 2 50.0%
Canaan Mobley 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Total 1 2 0 0 0 50.0%

Name Receptions Yards Average Long TD
Brandon Fields 1 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0

Return Yardage
Name Total Punt Kickoff Int Fumble Bl Kick TD
Jalen Washington 17 1-17 0 0 0 0 0
Japerri Powell 12 0 1-12 0 0 0 0
Total 29 1-17 1-12 0 0 0 0

Name Punts Avg Long FGM/FGA Long XPM/XPA Pts
Riley Stephens 4 36.0 40 0 0 5-5 5
Total 4 36.0 40 0 0 5-5 5

Team Totals
Category Dr. Phillips Oak Ridge
Points 35 18
Rushing Yards 41-283 (6.9) 30-90 (3.0)
Passing/Comp/Att/Yards 1-2-0 (50.0%) 12-26-110 (46.2%)
Total Yards 283 200
First Downs 9 12
Third Down Conv % 3-8 (37.5%) 5-12 (41.7%)
Fourth Down Conv % 1-1 (100.0%) 1-4 (25.0 %)
Turnovers 1 2
Penalties 13-125 19-135
Avg. Field Position DP 33 OR 38

Oak Ridge 0 12 6 0 0 18
Dr. Phillips 21 7 0 7 0 35

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