Junior quarterback Marvin Washington (2015)
Dr. Phillips Football overcame a sluggish first half and exploded for three consecutive third quarter touchdowns in a 21-16 spring game victory over defending 5A State Champion Bishop Moore. Rising senior quarterback Marvin Washington completed 14 of 21 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a team-high 83 yards, including the game-winning score late in the third quarter.
While the Panthers were able to move the football in the first half, two of their four drives stalled in Bishop Moore territory and it wasn't until DP came out in the third quarter that their intensity surfaced. Down 7-0, the Panthers began their opening possession at their own 25 and drove quickly down the field inside the Bishop Moore 20. With a first down at the 17, Marvin Washington hit Devodney Alford out of the backfield and the rising junior slipped past a would-be tackler and darted into the end zone to tie the game with just over ten minutes left on the clock. Bishop Moore responded quickly on their ensuing possession with a 75-yard touchdown run to regain the lead but DP counterpunched immediately. With 7:56 to go, rising junior quarterback Keanu Kong lofted a perfect pass to state track champion Emare Hogan and the rising senior took it 75 yards for the game-tying touchdown.
After another strong defensive stand, DP took over again at their own 25 and kept up their torrid pace with their third consecutive score. With 2:47 left, facing second and two, Marvin Washington faked a handoff and busted through into the secondary for a 32-yard touchdown run to give DP a 21-14 lead. In the JV fourth quarter, the Panthers recovered their own errant snap in the end zone for a Bishop Moore safety for the final margin.
Defensively, Dr. Phillips was led by defensive tackle Christian Williams (seven tackles), defensive ends Nick Smith (three tackles, sack) and Joe Gulla (four tackles, sack), linebacker Dylan Meeks (five tackles) and defensive backs Sydney Capers (four tackles) and Tanner Ingle (four tackles). The DP offense amassed 387 yards in just three quarters of work. Keanu Kong completed four of nine passes for 82 yards and a touchdown; JeQuan Burton hauled in a team-high six catches for 43 yards; Emare Hogan caught four balls for 82 yards and a score while Caleb Walls (3-18), Devodney Alford (3-29) and Davarius Bargnare (2-21) were busy as well. On the ground, DJ Charles carried six times and muscled his way for 70 yards while Devodney Alford (2-33) and Davarius Bargnare (2-13) gave tremendous efforts as well as the Panthers picked up 194 rushing yards on the night.
Dr. Phillips will open up their 2016 season beginning with their Kickoff Classic at Jones August 19th before their regular season opener at home vs. Wekiva the following week. Note the new start times for all games will be 7:00 pm.