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Daquan Isom rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown in DP's 24-13 victory over Timber Creek to earn the Apex Wealth Management Player of the Game (2014)

Football slips past Timber Creek
8/31/2014 3:24:00 PM

Senior Daquan Isom rushed for 144 of his 228 total yards, including a touchdown on the game's opening drive, as Dr. Phillips Football opened their 2014 season with a 24-13 victory over Timber Creek. DP marched down the field with relative ease on their initial possession. After Isom returned the opening kickoff 31 yards, quarterback Rudy Norwood hit Mike Macon for a 15-yard gain and Jaylon Hamer for eight more before Isom capped the scoring drive four plays later with a five-yard touchdown run.

But that was as easy as it would get for the Panthers as they struggled for consistency through the remainder of the half. After a bad snap sailed over Norwood's head into the endzone for a Timber Creek safety on DP's next possession, the Wolves took a 10-7 lead on a 49-yard scoring drive that was helped significantly by three DP penalties. Later in the second quarter, the Panthers gambled on fourth down with a fake punt at the Timber Creek 40 but couldn't convert. With good field position and the lead, the Wolves put the ball in the hands of heralded running back Jacques Patrick but the DP defense stiffened. A 13-yard sack by junior defensive end Nigel Alexander thwarted the drive but Timber Creek's punt put the Panthers in danger, pinning them inside their own one yard line with just under three minutes left in the half. Daquan Isom's eight-yard first down run gave DP some room to breathe before a critical 16-yard reception across the middle by Jaquarius Bargnare and a 27-yard catch by Jaylon Hamer brought the Blue Zoo to life as DP threatened at the Timber Creek 33. Facing fourth and 12 with seven seconds on the clock Rudy Norwood floated a perfect pass to Mike Macon in the right side of the endzone for a 33-yard touchdown to give DP a 14-10 at the half. DP's 12 play, 99-yard drive tied the school record for the longest touchdown drive, set originally in 2011 vs. Tampa Wharton in the Regional Quarterfinal.

While DP seemed to rip the momentum away from the Wolves, Timber Creek could have snatched it back on the second half kickoff but sophomore Emare Hogan charged 65 yards across the field to register a touchdown-saving tackle at the DP ten yard line. The Panther defense stuffed Timber Creek at the three yard line, forcing the Wolves to settle for a field goal which closed the gap to 14-13. That was as close as they would come the rest of the way. DP responded with an 11-play, 79-yard drive that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown scamper by junior Alvin Bryant. Ethan Shafer booted through his third extra point and the Panthers stretched their lead to 21-13 with 5:13 left in the third quarter. Shafer would pad the Panther lead to 24-13 midway through the fourth with a 36-yard field goal to seal the program's 24th consecutive regular season victory.

Much credit goes to the DP defense as they held Jacques Patrick, one the nation's top backs,  to 135 yards rushing on 28 carries and limited Timber Creek to 232 total yards. Sophomore Dylan Meeks registered a team-high 17 tackles, senior Kelvin Clue totaled 14 while seniors Vernon Walker and Jake Barnett added 12 tackles each. Senior cornerback Jalean Perkins caused and recovered the game's only fumble and broke up three passes in the secondary as well.

DP (1-0) will now set it's sights on Olympia Friday night on the road. This will be the 16th meeting between both schools with DP holding a 14-2 record, including 11 consecutive on the field victories. Tickets will be sold in advance on both campuses starting Wednesday. More details will follow.

Rushing
Name Attempts Yards Average Long TD
Daquan Isom 16 144 9.0 45 1
Alvin Bryant 5 32  6.4 23 1
Rudy Norwood 7 32 4.6 15 0
Jaylon Hamer 4 22 5.6 14 0
Jonathan Pollock 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
TEAM 1 -20 -20.0 -20 0
Total 34 208 6.1 45 2

Passing
Name Comps Att Yards TD Int Pct
Rudy Norwood 9 20 133 1 0 45.0
Total 9 12 133 1 0 45.0

Receiving
Name Receptions Yards Average Long TD
Jaylon Hamer 3 59 19.7 27 0
Mike Macon 3 51 17.0 33 1
Jaquarius Bargnare 1 16 16.0 16 0
Jeremiah Harris 1 8 8.0 8 0
Daquan Isom 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0
Total 9 133 14.8 33 1

Return Yardage
Name Total Punt Kickoff Int Fumble Bl Kick TD
Daquan Isom 75 0 3-75 0 0 0 0
Total 75 0 3-75 0 0 0 0

Kicking
Name Punts Avg Long FGM/FGA Long XPM/XPA Pts
Ethan Shafer 0 0 0 1-1 36 3-3 6
Total 0 0 0 1-1 36 3-3 6

Team Totals
Category Dr. Phillips Timber Creek
Points 24 13
Rushing Yards 34-208 (6.1) 36-136 (3.8)
Passing/Comp/Att/Yards 9-20-133 (45.0%) 11-21-96 (52.4%)
Total Yards 361 232
First Downs 18 15
Third Down Conv % 8-13 (61.5%) 4-12 (33.3%)
Fourth Down Conv % 1-3 (33.3%) 3-5 (60.0%)
Turnovers 0 1
Penalties 11-99 5-35
Avg. Field Position DP 31 TC 39

Scoring
 
1
2
3
4
OT
Final
Timber Creek 2 8 3 0 0 13
Dr. Phillips 7 7 7 3 0 24

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Schedule

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Varsity
Date
Opponent
Time
Result
8/22
Ocoee (PRE-Home)
7:30PM
37-7 (W)
8/29
Timber Creek (Home)
7:30PM
24-13 (W)
9/5
Olympia (Away)
7:30PM
9/12
Seminole (Away)
7:30PM
9/19
Colonial (Home)
7:30PM
9/26
University (Home)
7:30PM
10/3
Boone (Home)
7:30PM
10/17
Cypress Creek (Away)
7:30PM
10/23
Evans (Home)
7:30PM
10/31
Freedom (Away)
7:30PM
11/7
Winter Park (Away)
7:30PM


 
Schedule

Football slips past Timber Creek - (8/31/2014 3:24:00 PM)
Football rocks Ocoee in Kickoff Classic - (8/24/2014 2:45:00 PM)
Football signs four on NSD - (2/6/2014 12:01:00 AM)
All-State honors for 6 Panthers - (1/7/2014 9:14:00 AM)
DP's five help West top East - (12/12/2013 8:20:00 AM)

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