When you first see Harmony athlete
in person without his pads on you have to figure he's just another statistic. A little guy who has big talent, but will never get beyond his 5-6, 160-pound stature.
But if you were able to watch this past Friday's
Sports telecast of Harmony's 50-17 romp over Lake Nona, you'd quickly jump on the Acevedo. That's right, Harmony put 50 on
's Lions and it was no fluke as the Longhorns pounded the ball on the ground.
Acevedo, a senior whom you will usually find at running back or slot receiver, started at quarterback over fellow senior Adam Harvey, mostly to allow the Longhorns to establish a ground attack.
They attacked all right.
Acevedo mostly directed traffic in the first half Wildcat formation, handing the ball off frequently to bulldozer of running back C.J. Clayton, who had 222 yards and three touchdowns by halftime.
In the second half, Clayton, who ended with 235 yards, didn't see the ball much, but Acevedo was more than enough. Coming from either the running back slot -- Harvey got in on the act in the second half -- or by just keeping the ball as quarterback, he too rolled up 200-plus yards (203) and Harmony racked up more than 545 yards rushing. Acevedo also had a second-half kickoff return for a 97-yard TD.
Other Harmony players who impressed were freshman ATH Alexander Britton, sophomore WR-RB Forrest Osborne and junior lineman Terry Akers. The 'Horns made a statement. We'll see if it means anything the rest of the way.
Lake Nona had a few players who stood out as the Lions woke up a bit in the second half. Senior
showed he's a receiver Sousa can count on this season and he'll be a big help to a squad that lost senior Matt Mendez last week with a torn ACL.. Compton and
made some nice catches, as did
, the leading receiver in Central Florida last year in catches (53) and yards (908) .
Wherever the ball was when Harmony had possesion, so was Nona senior linebacker Aaron Virgilio, whom coach Andy Hamre calls his "ball hawk" and he's right on the money with that description. Kicker
Of course Sousa would get his usual numbers, eventually. He had 15 carries for 181 yards rushing, including a late 60-yard touchdown run, 18-of-38, 256, two TDs.
Elsewhere on the Prospect Patrol:
, both quarterbacks gave Apopka quite a different look Friday night. Brooks, of course, can do it all, and when Darlington, the second son of head coach Rick Darlington on the Apopka roster -- the other is junior center
-- it allowed Brooks to get out in open spaces and display his talent even more.
Brooks, one of the most impressive athletes in all of
, and Darlington hooked up on the freshman's second snap from center with a 35-yard pass play that had fans on their feet. Brooks would later line up wide again, but this time came around on a reverse that he took 19 yards to the goal line and was whistled down. The secret weapon is out of the bag now. We'll see how Apopka handles teams who can now prepare for the QB duo. Apopka junior slot back
was also big for the Darters. He was a workhorse most of the night, along with senior
, but he got his reward late in the game with an 82-yard TD run that put Barnes at 127 yards rushing for the game.
South Daytona Beach Warner Christian 46, St.. Johns Country Day 6:
showed why Pittsburgh has recruited the 5-foot-7, 160-pound mighty mite. He ran the football just eight times and racked up 234 yards rushing. He had four touchdowns, two rushing, one on a 91-yard interception return and a 35-yard punt return. His rushing TDs were big plays also -- 78 and 65 yards. Teammate sophomore RB
wasn't about to miss out and he added three TDs, two running (53 and 16 yards) and one TD catch (22 yards). Allen has yet to visit Pitt, and when he does the commitment he made in July is supposed to become official.
Jones 42, Deltona 3
: Senior running back
and sophomore receiver
each scored twice. Whitfield took a punt back 66 yards and had a 40-yard pass from
. for a TD. Warner also scored on a 1-yard run. Senior lineman
blocked a kick for the Tigers, which was recovered for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Michel's TD runs were from 8 and 3 yards out. Another big moment was a hit that Jones safety
put on a Deltona player, who was on the ground for a while, but walked off on his own power. Montgomery is one of the biggest hitters in Central Florida, if not the entire state.
let loose against the touted Rams defense and led the fourth-year school to a season-opening victory. Driskel rushed for 246 yards and two touchdoesn, and threw for another TD and had 147 yards passing (11-of-17) and the future Florida Gator did everything he could to fuel all the comparisons to
. Driskel scored on runs of 61 and 68 yards. Lake Mary senior running back
ran for 146 yards and a touchdown, and senior Purdue commit ATH
had a pair of rushing TDs and 74 yards on the ground.
15-26 for 147, 1 TD 17 carries for 246 yards, 2 TD
, both juniors, are supposed to lead St. Cloud to big things this season. They certainly got off to a great start. Huggins had 179 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Steinmetz threw for 229 yards and two TDs in dumping county rival Osceola.
: The Wildcats needed all they could muster to knock off a much improved Winter Springs team. Iowa State-bound senior QB
passed for 116 yards and a TD and was 13-of-20, and senior RB-DB
clinched the game with a late 41-yard TD scamper.
Freedom 12, Timber Creek 3:
ran for 177 yards and the game's only two TDs.
Oak Ridge 38, Smoky Hill (Colo.) 0:
is for real. The Oak Ridge senior caught three touchdown passes from
. The junior QB also scored on a 72-yard run, and senior RB
added an 80-yard TD run.
Evans is looking like they will compete under first-year coach Carl Holden. RB
had 98 yards and a touchdown as Evans rallied from a 14-point margin. Ocoee senior QB
led the Knights with 50 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Evans senior
caught a 30-yard TD pass.
De'ante 'Pop' Saunders
had 291 all-purpose yards and accounted for three touchdowns in the rout.
had a 90-yard kickoff return for Wekiva.
Senior wide receiver
caught a 29-yard TD pass from senior quarterback
on a 4th-and-5 situation with 3:03 left to snap a 7-7 tie. Junior RB
scored the first Oviedo touchdown from 46 yards. He had 100 yards on 14 carries. Long looks to perhaps have filled the vacancy left by graduated Blake Bortles, who is now at UCF. Long had a nice night, completing 11-of-17 (64 percent) passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Seabreeze 18, Spruce Creek 0:
One of Central Florida's top receivers John Christopher caught seven passes for 148 yards and a TD and junior QB
, in his first varsity start, threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back
caught six passes for 55 yards.
East River 23, Orlando University 22 (OT):
scored on a sneak up the middle then threw the conversion pass to senior WR
to send the game to OT. Jones again hooked up with Streat on a fade route on fourth-and-22 in the OT and then backup QB