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Daquan Isom rushed for 170 yards to lead DP to a 24-21 victory over Bloomingdale and earned his third Apex Wealth Management Player of the Game (2014)

Second half surge lifts DP past Bloomingdale
11/15/2014 9:39:00 PM

There's not one high school football pundit in the state that doesn't recognize Region 2 as the most difficult road to the Citrus Bowl with state powers Tampa Plant, Bradenton Manatee, Vero Beach and Dr. Phillips having to battle through each other just to get out of the region. Heading into Friday night's game against Valrico Bloomingdale, our coaches and players also recognized first round games in this region are equally dangerous as the 9-1 Bulls, riding the crest of their best season in school history, had plenty of firepower to derail DP's title game aspirations. And had it not been for two critical fumble recoveries by sophomore Tashaun Lindquist and a punishing second half ground attack, the Panthers' championship dreams would have died on the field Friday night. Instead, DP (11-0) stormed back from a 14-3 first half deficit with three consecutive touchdown drives to pull out a 24-21 victory.

DP got off to a fast start on its opening drive with quarterback Rudy Norwood connecting with Jaquarius Bargnare for 20 yards on the first play from scrimmage and two plays later with Emare Hogan for 17 more for a first down at the Bloomingdale 14. Back-to-back penalties crippled the momentum, however, and DP settled for a 28-yard field goal by Ethan Shafer for a 3-0 lead. After the defense forced a Bloomingdale punt the Panthers took over with great field position at the Bulls' 48 but couldn't capitalize as a fourth down pass fell incomplete giving Bloomingdale equally strong field position at their own 45. The Bulls put together a nine-play, 55-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run for a 7-3 lead at the 1:34 mark of the first quarter. DP could get nothing going but Bloomingdale matched their first scoring drive with a more impressive nine-play, 71-yard touchdown drive to push the lead to 14-3 with 9:48 to go in the first half. The Panthers threatened to score midway through the quarter, committing to the run game with Daquan Isom getting the workload but the drive stalled at the Bulls' 22 and a 34-yard field goal attempt drifted wide right to send DP into the locker room with their largest deficit of the season, down 14-3.

A different DP team came out of the locker room in the second half. After the defense forced a three and out on Bloomingdale's opening drive, the Panthers gave the ball to Daquan Isom seven times, including runs of 12 and 18 yards, in a ten-play, 62-yard drive that was capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Jaquarius Bargnare to pull within four, 14-10. Bloomingdale tried to respond likewise and drove down to the DP 20 yard line but a bad snap resulted in a costly fumble that was recovered by defensive lineman Tashaun Lindquist at the 25. With the DP crowd on its feet and the momentum clearly shifted, Rudy Norwood ran for consecutive gains of seven and eight yards to the 40. Emare Hogan then broke off a 12-yard gain followed by back-to-back first down runs of 13 and 16 yards by Daquan Isom to the Bloomingdale 19. Junior Alvin Bryant's 11-yard run, DP's fifth straight first down, set up a first and goal at the five. Two plays later, Jaquarius Bargnare picked up a block by fullback Tashaun Lindquist and leaped into the endzone for a three-yard touchdown to give DP a 17-14 lead with 2:41 left in the third quarter.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Panther defense looked to have come up big again with an interception by Jalean Perkins but a roughing the passer penalty continued Bloomingdale's impressive scoring drive which spanned 80 yards over 11 plays, giving them a 21-17 lead with 9:18 left in the game.  DP didn't flinch, however. From their own 35, a ten-yard pass to Jeremiah Harris, a 20-yard run by Daquan Isom and an 11-yard gain by Alvin Bryant gave the Panthers a first down at the Bloomingdale 19. After a nine-yard run by Isom for a first down at the eight yard line, two plays later, on second and goal from the two, Emare Hogan slipped through sensational blocks by tight end Dylan Meeks and guard Colby Meeks and followed tackle Calvin Ashley into the endzone capping an 11-play, 65-yard drive to give DP a 24-21 lead with 4:59 left in regulation. Bloomingdale had one final opportunity and ripped off three straight first down plays to get near midfield and later, facing third and 16, completed a 16-yard pass to the DP 35. But with under a minute left in the game, on first and 15 at the DP 29, Bloomingdale's quarterback stepped back to pass, the ball slipped out of his hand and Tashaun Lindquist was right there again to pounce on the fumble to seal DP's 24-21 victory. Lindquist had the best defensive game of his career with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries while Jake Barnett finished with nine tackles and broke up two passes. Senior Daquan Isom rushed for a season-high 170 yards on 23 carries, both career highs as a Panther, to earn his third Apex Wealth Management Player of the Game honor.

Dr. Phillips has now won 36 consecutive home games and head coach Rodney Wells (45-4) is now tied with Tom Carlsen (1988-1994) for the most career wins as head coach of the Panthers. DP will now host Tampa Plant (10-1) next Friday night in the Regional Semifinal at 7:30, the fourth straight year the two programs have met in the regional bracket. Last year Plant prevailed, 24-23, stuffing the Panthers' two-point conversion attempt in overtime; a loss that has resonated in the DP locker room for the last year. This will be one of the top games in the state Friday night so please check our website for ticket sale information throughout the week.

Name Attempts Yards Average Long TD
Daquan Isom 23 170 7.4 22 0
Rudy Norwood 5 38 7.6 16 0
Jaquarius Bargnare 5 35 7.0 20 2
Emare Hogan 5 24 4.8 12 1
Jaylon Hamer 4 20 5.0 8 0
Alvin Bryant 3 17 5.7 11 0
Total 45 304 6.8 22 3

Name Comps Att Yards TD Int Pct
Rudy Norwood 8 18 58 0 0 44.4
Jaylon Hamer 0 1 0 0 0 0
Emare Hogan 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 8 18 58 0 0 44.4

Name Receptions Yards Average Long TD
Emare Hogan 2 21 10.5 17 0
Jaquarius Bargnare 3 20 6.7 20 0
Jeremiah Harris 3 17 5.7 10 0
Total 8 58 7.3 20 0

Return Yardage
Name Total Punt Kickoff Int Fumble Bl Kick TD
Emare Hogan 44 0 4-44 0 0 0 0
Total 44 0 4-44 0 0 0 0

Name Punts Avg Long FGM/FGA Long XPM/XPA Pts
Ethan Shafer 3 41.3 45 1-2 28 3-3 6
Total 3 41.3 45 1-2 28 3-3 6

Team Totals
Category Dr. Phillips Bloomingdale
Points 24 21
Rushing Yards 45-304 (6.8) 31-146 (4.7)
Passing/Comp/Att/Yards 8-18-58 (44.4%) 18-31-177 (58.1%)
Total Yards 362 323
First Downs 19 21
Third Down Conv % 5-11 (45.5%) 8-14 (57.1%)
Fourth Down Conv % 0-1 (0.0%) 2-2 (100.0%)
Turnovers 0 2
Penalties 11-85 7-35
Avg. Field Position DP 37 B 25

Bloomingdale 7 7 0 7 0 21
Dr. Phillips 3 0 14 7 0 24

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