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Career nights from BeSean McCray (11) and Devodney Alford (3) power Dr. Phillips past West Orange, 44-24 (2017)

Football pulls away from West Orange
9/8/2017 3:32:00 AM

Senior running back Devodney Alford rushed for a career-high 211 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns as second-ranked Dr. Phillips pulled away from host West Orange, 44-24, to win the Ole Orange Crate for the seventh time in the last eight meetings. Senior quarterback BeSean McCray threw for a career-high 295 yards and three touchdowns, two to senior Davarius Bargnare, who caught three passes for a career-high 135 yards. As a team, the Panthers racked up a school-record 592 yards of offense, shattering the previous record of 569 set against Oak Ridge back in 2006.

DP (2-0) broke the game wide open with a monstrous third quarter, scoring three touchdowns in just eight plays that spanned all of 2:52 and tacked on a fourth consecutive score midway through the final period to put the game away for good. West Orange took an early 7-0 into the second quarter but the Panthers came alive on their ensuing possession. Devodney Alford busted up the middle for a 45-yard gain down to the West Orange 35 and Davarius Bargnare hauled in a 16-yard pass from McCray on third down to give DP a first down at the 22. Two plays later, sophomore Brandon Fields bounced outside and bolted 17 yards into the left corner of the end zone to tie the game at 7-7. West Orange stumbled on their next drive as junior linebacker Jaquarri Powell tackled a receiver for a two-yard loss and junior defensive end Frank Maciejczyk put the Warriors back eight more with a sack on third down to force a punt.

DP set up shop at the West Orange 45, their best field position of the night, but after a 13-yard pass to sophomore Trey Schyck and another first down reception by junior Devon Buckhanon, the drive stalled at the Warrior 18. Sterling Stockwell came on and split the uprights from 35 yards out to give the Panthers a 10-7 lead but it was short-lived. West Orange matched that field goal to tie the game at 10-10 with just 2:27 left in the half before the scoring pace picked up considerably. With the football at the DP 21, facing second and nine, BeSean McCray hit Davarius Bargnare on a crossing route at the 35 and Bargnare sidestepped three tacklers, picked up a critical block from senior Demarquis Cummings and outran three more defenders down the right sideline en route to a 79-yard touchdown for a 16-10 lead with 1:41 left on the clock. West Orange needed only a minute to retake the lead, however, driving 70 yards in eight plays, for a 17-16 lead at the break. What appeared to be a back and forth affair truly turned into a second half rout for the Panthers as they scored on four consecutive drives and clamped down defensively as well.

After forcing a West Orange punt to open the third quarter, DP needed just three plays to take the lead for good. On second and 12 from the DP 20, McCray dumped a screen pass off to Devodney Alford who rumbled down the left sideline for a 40-yard gain and a first down at the West Orange 40. One play later, McCray went back to the screen, this time to Davarius Bargnare who picked up perfect blocks from Trey Schyck and Michael Fox before eluding two tacklers and sprinting 40 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Up 23-17 at the 3:41 mark of the third quarter, DP's defense stepped up as junior Bryan Bell-Anderson intercepted a West Orange pass in the end zone to keep the momentum surging. From the DP 20, BeSean McCray faked a handoff and slipped into the secondary for a 32-yard gain across midfield. Two plays later, Devodney Alford got the call and barrelled through sensational blocks by Michael MacNeil, Alesandro Martinez and Brian Velez, kicked his way through a linebacker and left a wake of Warriors strewn across 46 yards for another DP touchdown. With a 30-17 lead the Panther defense forced a three and out and the offense went for the jugular with 1:07 left in the quarter. On second and 12 from the DP 36, McCray sailed a beautiful pass up top to senior Michael Fox who got behind the defense for a 64-yard touchdown reception to push the lead to 37-17 into the fourth quarter. Fox finished with three catches for a career-high 75 yards.

West Orange was able to stem the bleeding, putting together their best drive of the night to close the margin to 37-24, but the Panthers delivered the knockout blow with 1:30 left in the game. Devodney Alford capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run for the 44-24 final. For Alford, it was unquestionably his best performance as a Panther, accounting for 254 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns while BeSean McCray's 295 yards passing was the highest DP total since Nico Ranieri's record-setting 377-yard performance against top-ranked Boone in the 2008 District Championship. If the schedule holds true and the impact of Hurricane Irma is less than feared, the Panthers will host Apopka Friday night in a battle of the state's top 8A programs, kickoff 7:00 pm.

Name Attempts Yards Average Long TD
Devodney Alford 22 211 9.6 46  2
Brandon Fields 8 45 5.6 17 1
BeSean McCray 3 44 11.0 32 0
TEAM 1 -3 -3.0 -3 0
Total 34 297 8.7 46 3

Name Comps Att Yards TD Int Pct
BeSean McCray 12 17 295 3 0 70.6%
Total 12 17 295 3 0 70.6%

Name Receptions Yards Average Long TD
Davarius Bargnare 3 135 45.0 79 2
Michael Fox 3 75 25.0 64 1
Devodney Alford 2 43 21.5 40 0
Trey Schyck 3 36 12.0 13 0
Devon Buckhanon 1 6 6.0 6 0
Total 12 295 24.6 79 3

Return Yardage
Name Total Punt Kickoff Int Fumble Bl Kick TD
Brandon Fields 19 0 1-19 0 0 0 0
Michael Fox 6 2-6 0 0 0 0 0
Total 25 2-6 1-19 0 0 0 0

Name Punts Avg Long FGM/FGA Long XPM/XPA Pts
Sterling Stockwell 2 32.5 33 1-1 35 5-6 8
Total 2 32.5 33 1-1 35 5-6 8

Team Totals
Category Dr. Phillips West Orange
Points 44 24
Rushing Yards 34-297 (8.7) 39-182 (4.7)
Passing/Comp/Att/Yards 12-17-295 (70.6%) 15-26-151 (57.7%)
Total Yards 592 333
First Downs 20 20
Third Down Conv % 4-7 (57.1%) 4-11 (36.4%)
Fourth Down Conv % 0-0 2-3 (66.7%)
Turnovers 0 1
Penalties 11-101 10-67
Avg. Field Position DP 27 WO 28

Dr. Phillips 0 16 21 7 0 44
West Orange 7 10 0 7 0 24

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