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Ryan Luckett's 61-yard interception for a touchdown gave DP a 14-0 first quarter lead in the 2010 State Championship

Football falls to Miami Central in State Final
12/20/2010

It may not have been the perfect ending to a perfect season but Dr. Phillips Football represented the school and the community extraordinarily well in their 42-27 loss to Miami Central in the State Championship Saturday night.    After DP (14-1) forced a three and out, the Panthers jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on their first possession when junior quarterback Nick Patti found Chris Gallon down the middle of the field for a 30-yard touchdown.  On the Rockets’ ensuing possession, senior cornerback Ryan Luckett stepped in front of a pass and took it 61 yards for a touchdown and DP was up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.   Shawn Moffitt booted a 32-yard field goal just 14 seconds into the second quarter and things looked good for the Panthers, up 17-0. 

 

 

Central would fight back, though, as expected.  After a 29-yard touchdown pass sliced the deficit to 17-7, Central returned the favor with a defensive score of their own, intercepting a pass at the DP 18 and taking it in to cut the margin to 17-14 with just under eight minutes to go in the half.  The Panthers needed little more than a minute to get back on the board again, driving eighty yards in just five plays as Chris Gallon out-jumped a Central defender and raced 50 yards for his second score of the night to put DP up 24-14.  With just 18 seconds left in the half, however, Central struck again on a busted play.  An errant snap was picked up by quarterback Rakeem Cato and he found a wide open Devonta Freeman in the flat and Freeman did the rest, weaving his way in and out of traffic for the score.  DP still had a 24-21 lead, but Central certainly had the momentum. 

 

 

In the third quarter, Central took their first lead at the 4:06 mark on a 13-yard touchdown pass for a 28-24 advantage. After Dee Hart’s 60-yard kickoff return gave the Panthers possession in Central territory, DP’s drive stalled inside the Central ten yard line and the Panthers settled for a 26-yard field goal by Shawn Moffitt to close the gap to 28-27.  With heavy fog rolling in, Central went to the ground attack, driving 80 yards in 14 plays in 6:27 to take a 35-27 lead. 

 

 DP refused to quit, however.  With under six minutes left in the game, DP overcame 2nd and 24 at their own 10 when Chris Gallon hauled in a 26-yard reception for a first down at the 36.  On 3rd and ten, Patti found Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix for a 13-yard gain to the 49.  Central was flagged for consecutive pass interference penalties which gave DP a first down at the 21.  After Patti ran for seven yards down to the Central 14, two plays later, on fourth and three, Central made a phenomenal interception on the right sideline to seal the victory.  They would go on to add a touchdown shortly thereafter for the final margin, 42-27.

 

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