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DP Football won the program's 11th consecutive District Championship and advanced to their fifth straight Regional Championship in 2018

Turnovers derail Football's title drive
11/25/2018 9:32:00 PM

After starting off the 2018 season dropping four of their first five games, Dr. Phillips Football reeled off victories in six of their next seven games, including stunning upset victories in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The source of that remarkable reversal of fortune was winning the turnover battle, a formula that powered the Panthers to the 2017 State Championship. Friday night in Sarasota, however, the Panthers were victimized by four turnovers and a turnover on downs deep in their own end that translated into 27 unanswered points in a 33-7 loss to Sarasota Riverview in the Regional Championship.

DP (7-6) had defeated Riverview in each of their previous four playoff meetings dating back to 2006 and after their opening drive, the Panthers seemed poised to make it five straight victories over the Rams. Quarterback Brenden Cyr completed his first four passes of the night, including two to Jalen Washington for 28 yards, and ran for a 12-yard gain to set up a first down at the Riverview six. Two plays later, senior Japerri Powell slid into the end zone from two yards out to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 6:26 left in the opening quarter. The host Rams looked to counter with a 12-play drive that spanned 60 yards but were stymied on fourth down at the DP 20. Looking to capitalize on the momentum, DP moved the ball to their own 45 but on third and ten, Riverview intercepted Brenden Cyr's pass and returned it 47 yards for the tying touchdown, and that would set the tone for the rest of the game as Riverview would register two more interceptions and recover a fumble at the DP three yard line late in the game, all of which resulted in points. 

While their impressive late season surge came to a disappointing close, DP exceeded all expectations and can hang their helmets on the program's 11th consecutive District Championship as well as its fifth consecutive trip to the Regional Championship. Individual records were set by Japerri Powell for forced fumbles in a season (7) as well as career (12), and Brenden Cyr for pass completions in a game (23, West Orange). Team records were also set for pass attempts in a game (41, West Orange), pass completions in a game (26, West Orange), first downs allowed in  a game (1, Cypress Creek) and interceptions in a game (5, Olympia).

Rushing
Name Attempts Yards Average Long TD
Japerri Powell 11 55 5.0 21 1
Brandon Fields 15 51 3.4 10 0
Brenden Cyr 1 12 12.0 12 0
Nivon Holland 6 9 1.5 3 0
Kovsky Timothee 1 2 2.0 2 0
Joe Joe Patti 1 0 0 0 0
TEAM 3 -31 -10.3 -5 0
Total 38 98 2.6 21 1

Passing
Name Comps Att Yards TD Int Pct
Brenden Cyr 9 15 89 0 3 60.0%
Jalen Washington 0 1 0 0 0 0%
Joe Joe Patti 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Total 9 16 89 0 3 56.3%

Receiving
Name Receptions Yards Average Long TD
Jalen Washington 3 36 12.0 17 0
Devon Buckhanon 5 34 6.8 10 0
Japerri Powell 1 19 19.0 19 0
Total 9 89 9.9 17 0

Return Yardage
Name Total Punt Kickoff Int Fumble Bl Kick TD
Nivon Holland 36 0 2-36 0 0 0 0
Japerri Powell 30 0 1-30 0 0 0 0
Jacquez Jones 16 0 1-16 0 0 0 0
Reggie Webb 8 0 1-8 0 0 0 0
Total 90 0 5-90 0 0 0 0

Kicking
Name Punts Avg Long FGM/FGA Long XPM/XPA Pts
Riley Stephens 4 42.5 47 0 0 1-1 1
Total 4 42.5 47 0 0 1-1 1

Team Totals
Category Dr. Phillips Riverview
Points 7 33
Rushing Yards 38-98 (2.6) 37-160 (4.3)
Passing/Comp/Att/Yards 9-16-89 (56.3%) 14-20-121 (70.0%)
Total Yards 187 281
First Downs 11 19
Third Down Conv % 5-14 (35.7%) 4-12 (33.3%)
Fourth Down Conv % 1-2 (50.0%) 1-3 (33.3%)
Turnovers 4 0
Penalties 14-135 6-40
Avg. Field Position DP 25 R 48

Scoring
 
1
2
3
4
OT
Final
Dr. Phillips 7 0 0 0 0 7
Riverview 0 13 6 14 0 33

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Schedule

2/19/2019: Viera
Location: TFA
Time: 7:00PM

 
Varsity
Date
Opponent
Time
Result
8/25
Lee County (GA) (Away)
11:00AM
3-35 (L)
8/31
Timber Creek (Home)
7:00PM
25-7 (W)
9/7
West Orange (Home)
7:00PM
28-31 (L)
9/14
Apopka (Away)
7:00PM
7-38 (L)
9/21
Mainland (Away)
7:00PM
0-22 (L)
9/28
Oak Ridge (Home)
7:00PM
35-18 (W)
10/5
Wekiva (Home)
7:00PM
0-34 (L)
10/12
Freedom (Home)
7:00PM
41-6 (W)
10/19
Olympia (Away)
7:00PM
44-13 (W)
10/25
Cypress Creek (Away)
7:00PM
55-0 (W)
11/9
Centennial (Regional)
7:30PM
34-28 (W)
11/16
Vero Beach (Regional)
7:30PM
19-7 (W)
11/23
Sarasota Riverview (Regional)
7:30PM
7-33 (L)


 
Schedule

Turnovers derail Football's title drive - (11/25/2018 9:32:00 PM)
Football shocks Vero Beach - (11/17/2018 3:28:00 PM)
2nd half surge lifts Football to victory - (11/10/2018 7:33:00 PM)
Football overwhelms Cypress Creek - (10/26/2018 8:06:00 PM)
Football mauls Olympia for District title - (10/20/2018 1:46:00 PM)

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