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Sophomore Shiquila Bryant hauls in a big reception vs. Evans (2017)

Flag Football knocks off # 2 Miami Edison
4/15/2017 9:31:00 AM

They came up to Orlando as the state's # 2 ranked team in class 1A and even went so far as to bring their own music with them for pregame warmups in a curious attempt at intimidation. But they still left with the L. Friday night, DP Flag Football, currently ranked fifth in Class 2A, utilized a stifling defense that registered a pair a safeties in a 16-6 victory over Miami Edison. DP (8-0) shut down Edison on their opening drive of the game with a three and out and took a quick 6-0 lead when Kaylee Messina scored on a two-yard keeper.  That score held up through the halftime break but in the third, the Red Raiders knotted the score at 6-6 on a rushing touchdown but the fourth quarter belonged to DP. Facing third and 12, Messina found Nisa Costa for a first down across midfield and followed up one play later with a 40-yard strike to Shiquila Bryant to put the Panthers up, 12-6. Rukayla Winters dominated the defensive pressure on Edison's ensuing drive with a sack as well as a hurry that forced a lateral pass in the end zone for a safety. Now up 14-6, the defense struck again, blitzing Edison mercilessly to force another safety for a 16-6 lead. With 1:45 left in the game, Edison had one final opportunity, driving in for a potential touchdown, but Megan Lapeyrouse came up with a pull inside the ten yard line. On third and goal, Rukayla Winters picked up her second sack of the night to force fourth down and on the final play, Shiquila Bryant batted away a pass to give DP the victory. Bryant finished with three receptions, including a touchdown while Rukayla Winters was the stat leader defensively with four flag pulls and a pair of critical sacks. Not including a pair of shutout victories in the preseason, DP's defense has been exceptional through their first eight contests while the offense has outscored their opposition 249-25. Another big test looms Tuesday, however, as the Panthers travel down to Osceola County to take on perennial power Harmony (7-0), currently ranked 19th in Class 1A.

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