High school football Week 5 live: snake takes the field


A rattlesnake on the field and a 48-47 score-fest in separate Thursday night games set the stage for a big Friday night of Orlando area high school football.

For the first time all season mostly sunny skies welcomed a Week 5 Friday night lineup that showcased seven teams that reached state finals in the past three years.

Check back here often as play unfolds. We will have live “in-game” news throughout the night and you can see score updates from across the region in our Week 5 scoreboard.

St. Cloud (3-2) won 38-16 vs. visiting Winter Springs (0-5) on Thursday with Joseph Clukey scoring TDs on a 22-yard run, a 60-yard punt return and a 30-yard pass from Logan King. But the unforgettable moment for everybody in the stadium came when officials realized a rattlesnake slithered onto the field in the third quarter.

Play was halted for six minutes.

St. Cloud athletic director Bryan Smart said the snake was captured and released unharmed in woods behind the Bulldogs’ practice field.

Also Thursday, Mount Dora outscored South Lake 48-47 in what has to be one of the craziest games of the year. The Hurricanes (2-2) got a 64-yard TD pass from Matthew Butler to Tanner Waring with 13 seconds remaining, and then a game-winning 2-point conversion run by Butler.

Butler finished with 259 yards and 5 TDs passing and 5 TDs. Senior running back Dante Johnson-Turner had 33 carries for 251 yards and 2 TDs rushing in the win, along with a key 65-yard TD reception late in the fourth quarter. The Eagles (0-5) hadn’t scored a point in their first four games and fell behind 19-0 early before lighting up the scoreboard in the final three quarters. South Lake’s senior RB Jahnear Allen had runs of 75, 42, 28 and 25 yards and totaled 187 yards on 16 carries. Eagles QB Gabriel Lumpkin rushed for 86 yards and 3 TDs.

Here is tonight’s lineup. All games are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Rankings are from the Sentinel Super 16:

Reigning state champ Venice (2-2) scored in the fourth quarter to break the tie with time running down as the ‘Noles (4-1) let a lead slip away on the road.

Seminole blocked a field goal attempt by the Indians to hold on the tie score.

Venice fought back and the game was tied 17-17 with 3:57 remaining.

A field goal upped Seminole’s advantage to 17-7.

Seminole built a 14-0 lead before Venice scored to cut the gap to 14-7 in the second quarter.

Seminole scored first for a 7-0 lead.

The Seminoles made the 340-mile round trip for a game featuring the past two Class 8A state championship teams. The ‘Noles claimed that title in 2020 and Venice steamrolled through the large classification last year.

The new FHSAA classification system puts them in different divisions this season. MaxPreps ranks Seminole No. 2 in 4M (Metro) behind Miami Columbus (4-0).

Venice was preseason No. 1 in 4S (Suburban) and has stayed on top of the power ratings for that class despite losing to 2M contender Miami Northwestern in its opener and to national top five St. Frances Academy of Baltimore 34-17 last week.

CJ Baxter ran for four touchdowns as the Eagles (5-0) topped the Blue Darters (2-2) in a tight game to remain unbeaten.

Star running back CJ Baxter ran for four touchdowns as the Eagles (5-0) topped the Blue Darters (2-2) in a tight game to remain unbeaten.

Baxter, who crossed the 1,000-yard threshold for the season in this game, finished with 201 yards and three rushing TDs against a very stout Blue Darters defense.

“He ran hard,” Edgewater head coach Cam Duke said. “He’s one of those guys that just gets better as the game goes on. He ran hard, protected the football well. Hats off to our offensive line, our H backs, and our receivers for doing a good job blocking on the perimeter.”

Apopka cut Edgewater’s lead to 21-19 by driving to score with 5:30 remaining. A steady diet of runs by Tyson Davidson and Zeldrick Roberts pushed the Blue Darters across midfield. They closed the gap on a 32-yard TD pass from Davidson to Jordan Wright. The Blue Darters went for two, but were stuffed at the line of scrimmage.

The ensuing onside kickoff by Apopka was almost recovered, but ended up going out of bounds.

On Edgewater’s first play after the kick, Baxter took the handoff, broke the first line of defense and sprinted to the end zone for a 46-yard touchdown, his third of the day and putting him over 150 yards rushing for the evening.

“I already knew what kind of game it was going to be,” Baxter said after the win, “Great team, great program, but I knew it was going to be a tough night from last year.”

Edgewater quarterback Chase Carter connected with AJ Howard for a 12-yard TD pass that gave the Eagles a 21-13 lead with 6:12 remaining in the game.

Apopka scored on a 4-yard run by Zeldrick Roberts to pull the Blue Darters to within 14-13.

Edgewater took a 14-7 lead on a 2-yard touchdown plunge by Baxter Jr. on the final play of the first half.

Edgewater pulled into a 7-7 tie on a 61-yard run by Baxter.

UCF commit Kaven Call gave Apopka the early 7-0 lead when he jumped a route and turned his interception into a pick-six touchdown.

Apopka, a three-time state champ, was the 8A runner-up in 2019 and 2021.

Edgewater was 7A runner-up in 2019 and 2020 and is again in the running.

The Eagles are ranked No. 2 in the new 3M (Metro) division, behind only reigning state champ Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

Apopka is rated No. 6 in 4M. The Blue Darters lost to ‘ 13-6 three weeks ago.

The Eagles are facing their fourth consecutive ranked opponent, having beaten New Jersey No. 1 Don Bosco Prep, West Orange and Jones in the past three weeks.

Apopka leads the series 16-12 but Edgewater won 16-7 last year in their first meeting since 2016.

Sentinel correspondent Austin David is covering this Orange County rivalry game.

Jones scored with only 32 seconds to go to win the game.

Tigers (2-2) quarterback Maxson Jean-Denis found time by stepping up in the pocket and passed to a wide open Dylan Wade for the go-ahead touchdown.

West Orange (2-3) scored on the first possession out of the locker room. A double-pass trick play extended the drive and a 20-yard bobbled catch in the corner of the end zone by Larry Miles capped the drive. Jordyn Bridgewater made the pass for a 14-10 Warriors lead with 6:27 to go in the third quarter.

Jones scored again a 40-yard field goal by Maxceon Cobb and led 10-7 at halftime.

Jones answered with a 65-yard punt return touchdown by Jayden Gillins with 8:43 to go in the second quarter.

West Orange struck first on a Larry Miles QB designed run, cutting inside into his running lane and juking a DB on his way to a TD. 3:27 left in first. 7-0 W.O.

Jones was the 5A state runner-up in 2019 and both teams made deep playoff runs last year.

Jones, ranked No. 6 in 3M, owes its losses to Texas powerhouse Duncanville (3-0) in Week 2 and a 14-13 heartbreaker against Edgewater last week.

West Orange is coming off consecutive losses to ranked foes Edgewater and Wekiva, but is just outside the MaxPreps’ top 10 for 4M.

Jones is 7-0 against West Orange since Elijah Williams signed on as the Tigers head coach in 2016. They did not play each other last season.

Wekiva senior Terrell Weathers has gained 661 yards on 63 carries (10.5 per attempt).

More to come. ..

By S.T. CARDINAL

Osceola closed out the win with a 10-yard TD run by Elijah Melendez with 1:42 left and improved to 2-2 with the win against the No. 1 team in the 3S (Suburban) division.

Rockledge was 4-0 and had outscored opponents 165-7 before Friday night.

After a 66-yard run by Taevion Swint, Osceola extends the lead to 24-7 with 4:13 left in the third quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Devin Calhoun.

The Kowboys’ defense came up big again with fumble recovery at its own 15, but a second interception in the quarter by Rockledge was returned fof a touchdown. Raiders still trail 21-7.

Kowboys took 21-0 lead on a 1-yard TD run by Tavion Swint with 47 seconds to go in the half. That came after another big pass play, a 61-yard screen pass to Ja’Keem Jackson.

Osceola’s defense got two more stops and the Kowboys took a 14-0 lead on an 83-yard TD pass from David Buggs to TyJuan Massey. 3:20 to go in the first half.

Osceola takes a 7-0 lead with 3:30 to go in the first quarter on a 30-yard TD pass from Buggs to Bo Mascoe.

Osceola defense held the Raiders on a fourth-and-four play at the 27 with pass defense by Nortorious Reynolds.

This is the third consecutive still-unbeaten opponent for the Kowboys, who suffered a 1-point overtime loss vs. Orlando area No. 1 Seminole and a 25-22 defeat at Class 4S (Suburban) No. 2 Lakeland. Osceola, the 8A state runner-up in 2020, is still ranked No. 4 in 4S.

More to come. …

By STEVE GORCHES

Mainland (3-1) dealt the host Hawks (4-1) their first loss of the year.

Damarcus Creecy carried the Buccaneers with his feet and his arm, throwing for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns and running for 94 yards and another score Friday.

Creecy completed 23 of 31 passes, including touchdowns of 13, 45 and 8 yards to Ajai Harrell. Harrell caught nine passes for 149 yards for Mainland.

Lake Minneola struggled in the first half with penalties and turnovers. Mainland’s Zay Mincey and Demond Noellen each intercepted Hawks passes to set up scores.

Quinn Niemann rallied the Hawks to within 32-26 with a strong second half. Niemann completed 19 of 27 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. John Celestin ran for 114 yards and three second-half touchdowns on 18 carries.

Celestin’s 33-yard touchdown run with 6:49 left brought the Hawks within 32-26.

But Ramon McCollough ended the Hawks’ last chance with a fourth-down sack, and Creecy put the game away with a 21-yard touchdown with 1:27 left.

“The problem (in the first half) was ourselves,” Lake Minneola coach Walter Banks said. “We started focusing on that we had so many mental mistakes in the first half with penalties and turnovers that put us behind the scoreboard. I challenged them to come out and play focused and play up to our standard.”

The Buccaneers forced Lake Minneola to turn the ball over with time running out and scored again to increase its lead to 39-26.

Celestin scored on a 2-yard run to draw the Hawks to within 25-14.

Mainland scored 25 unanswered points to lead 25-7 in the third quarter.

Lake Minneola scored first for a 7-0 lead. Niemann went 5-for-5 passing on the opening drive of the game.

Mainland, ranked No. 5 in 3S, beat Lake Minneola decisively in 2013 (49-0) and last year (35-6). The Hawks, 6A state runners-up in 2020, are now No. 9 in 4M.

By LYNN RAMSEY

Lake Brantley twin brother 4-star linebackers Andrew Harris, left, and Michael Harris, right, alongside their mom, Sandra Brown, announced their commitment to UCF in front of family, friends and local media at Rebounderz in Apopka on Wednesday.

Lake Brantley (4-1) held on to win 17-12 against the visiting Mustangs (2-3).

This was the first meeting between county-line (Orange and Seminole) neighbors.

Three UCF commits were on display in Lake Brantley linebacker twins Andrew Harris (19 tackles, 3 sacks) and Michael Harris (30 tackles, 1.5 sacks) and Wekiva’s junior defensive terror Sincere Edwards (29 tackles, 6 sacks.).

Wekiva played its fourth consecutive Super 16 teams, having lost to Ocoee 15-14 and Lake Minneola 30-27 before beating West Orange 25-13 last week. The Mustangs face another ranked team, Edgewater, at home next Friday.

Sentinel staff writer J.C. Carnahan covered this game.

Justin Stith’s two-way performance helped the Panthers claim their second win of the week after starting the season 0-3.

The senior receiver had around 200 yards receiving and also returned an interception for a touchdown. Five of his catches set Dr. Phillips (2-3) up in the red zone, and they converted four times for touchdowns.

“I’m a Lebron fan and a Jordan fan, so it was GOAT-like tonight,” head coach Rodney Wells said. “He took over tonight…and got us into the red zone every time. That’s what we expect out of our seniors.”

Quarterback Stanley Anderson ran for 2 touchdowns and made key passes on fourth downs to keep drives going for the Panthers in the back-and-forth affair.

The Panthers make it nine straight wins over Boone (3-2).

Anderson had his second rushing touchdown of the game for the final score.

Dr. Phillips took a 27-24 lead with 6:12 to go in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers led 20-10 at halftime. Stith had 2 big catches and the pick-six in the opening half.

Boone took a 7-6 lead on an 8-yard TD run by Lagarrius Marshell.

Amani Major ran for the first score to give Dr. Phillips a 6-0 lead at 5:48 of the first quarter. PAT failed.

The Panthers won 35-0 at Windermere (1-3) on Monday with Anderson throwing 2 TD passes and running for a score. Stith had two TD catches for DP, which led 35-0 at the half.

By CHRIS MARTUCCI

Oviedo’s DJ Scott ran for 2 touchdowns and scored a third time on a reception as Oviedo improved to 4-1.

The Lions go ahead 8-7 in the series after losing the past three meetings.

Oviedo QB Jackson Latour threw to Scott for a 40-yard pitch and catch touchdown.

Scott’s second TD, a 2-yard run, gave the Lions a 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter.

Scott ran 75 yards for a touchdown to break a tie and give Oviedo a 14-7 third quarter lead.

Timber Creek’s AJ Williams scored on a 6-yard quarterback keeper to tie the game 7-7 on the final play of the first half.

Oviedo opened the scoring with a 15-yard TD run by Omari Muhammad-Wyatt.

Scott (6-0, 195) came in with 484 yards and 7 TDs on 57 carries.

Timber Creek (2-3) was coming off a 10-7 loss to Hagerty.

Oviedo’s loss was in overtime against Lake Mary in Week 3.

By TERRY GILLIAM

No. 5 Winter Park 37, Evans 10

Winter Park (5-0) led 23-9 in the third quarter against the Trojans (0-5).

Winter Park’s average winning margin coming in was 31 points per game. The Wildcats have moved up to No. 3 in the MaxPreps 4M rankings.

No. 8 Ocoee 47, Freedom 12

Ocoee, which led 27-6 at halftime, improves to 4-1. Freedom is 2-3.

Ocoee took a 7-0 first quarter lead and led 27-6 at halftime.

The Knights are winners of four straight after losing 13-12 to Apopka in Week 1, are No. 9 in the MaxPreps’ 4M rankings.

No. 15 Hagerty 45, East River 7

Undefeated Hagerty (4-0) rolled to the win at home against the Falcons (2-3).

The Huskies upped its lead to 35-7 on a 19-yard pass from Anthony Benzija to Chance Bennett.

Anthony White scored on an 8 yard run to give Hagerty a 21-7 lead with 5:23 to play in the half.

Hagerty led 14-0 in the first quarter after scoring for a second time at the 4:50 mark. Benzija connected with Caleb Barner on a 4-yard TD pass.

Two teams on opposite sides of UCF meet. They played a Kickoff Classic preseason game against each other last season.

Hagerty plays at Winter Park next week.

Eau Gallie 28, Harmony 13

The Commodores improved to 5-0 and dealt the visiting Longhorns (3-1) their first loss of the season.

Eau Gallie made it 28-13 on a 33-yard TD pass from Mari Crooms to Baker Alvarez.

Harmony’s standout running back Tyler Emans has sat out consecutive offensive series and may be injured.

Eau Gallie increased its lead to 21-13 on a 9-yard TD run by Delvonte Williams. That scores stands going into the fourth quarter.

Harmony cut its deficit. to 14-13 with Joshua Moss interception a pass and returning it 26 yards for a touchdown.

Eau Gallie took the lead at 9:57 of the second quarter on a 70-yard touchdown run by Latavious Welch. A roughing the passer penalty against Harmony on a third-and-21 play from the Commodore’s 8-yard line was big for the home team.

Harmony’s Alex Tuyo adds a 25-yard field goal to slice the Commodores lead to 7-6 on the first play of the second quarter. The 11-play drive included a 21-yard run by Cooper Richards.

Tuyo made a 35-yard field goal to make it a 7-3 game. A 25-yard run by Richards moved the ball into range for the Longhorns.

Harmony fumbled the ball away at their 36 and Eau Gallie took a 7-0 lead on a 36-yard pass from Crooms to Baker.

A winning streak will end in this one.

Eau Gallie is a top 10 3S team. Harmony is 4S.

The host Commodores racked up 535 offensive yards and snatched 4 interceptions in last week’s 49-21 win against Satellite.

J. Daniel Pearson will report on this game from Brevard County.

Orlando Christian Prep 57, Foundation Academy 14

OCP led 50-14 at halftime as it goes to 2-0 in district play and 2-3 overall.

Foundation is 3-2 and 1-1.

This was the week’s only district game involving area teams and it’s big in the 1M playoff picture. OCP was a 2A final four team last season but is 0-2 vs. the Lions with losses in 2011 and 2012.

Fort Pierce John Carroll 28, Bishop Moore 17

The host Rams (4-0), ranked No. 1 in the new 1S (Suburban) division. scored the game’s final two touchdowns to win.

Bishop Moore (2-3) had taken a 17-14 lead in a game that went back and forth.

A 79-yard touchdown pass gave John Carroll a 14-10 lead in the third quarter.

The Hornets traveled for the Catholic school matchup.

Bradenton Lakewood Ranch (3-1) at Lyman (3-1)

Lakewood Ranch led 41-14 going into the fourth quarter.

The Greyhounds were looking to get to 4-1 for the first time since they started 4-0 in a 6-5 season in 2009.

Lyman’s loss was to Lake ‘ in Week 2.

More teams looking to protect winning streaks:

Deltona 44, Kissimmee Liberty 6

The Wolves are 5-0 for the first time in program history.

Liberty dropped to 0-5.

Lake Highland Prep 60, Trinity Prep 0

The Highlanders (4-0) came in averaging 9 yards per offensive play and cruised past the Saints (0-5).

Next week, Lake Highland makes the short trip to Bishop Moore to play the Hornets for the first time since 2014.

Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest 21, Windermere Prep 20 (overtime)

The teams were tied 14-14 at the end of the regulation.

Pine Crest (4-1) scored on its OT possession and kicked the PAT for a 21-14 lead. The Lakers (4-1) answered with their own touchdown and went for the win but failed on a two-point conversion try.

Windermere Prep tied the game 14-14 in the third quarter on a 62-yard TD pass from Jake Croke to Mason WIlliams.

Pine Crest scored and converted a two-point conversion to take a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. That score stood at halftime.

Senior running back Jackson Bennett came into the game as the area scoring leader with 15 TDs for a Windermere Prep team averaging 44 points per game.

Tohopekaliga 46, Space Coast 7

Tohopekaliga (4-0) was down 7-0 early before picking up steam and rolling to the road win with ninth grade quarterback Sabby Meassick throwing 6 more touchdown passes.

That’s right on his average. Meassick has thrown 24 TD passes this season

The Tigers recovered a fumble for a touchdown to take a 13-7 lead.

Meassick threw a short TD pass to pull the Tigers into a 7-7 tie in the second quarter.

Central Florida Christian Academy 78, Seffner Christian 36

Host CFCA (3-0) led 42-22 at halftime on its way to stunning points total.

Jacob Kania threw 6 touchdown passes and ran for a score for the Eagles.

LaVon Hudson scored 4 touchdowns and running back Marcus McCrimmon scored 3 times.

Seffner Christian (2-2) had beaten the Eagles 31-30 the last time they met in 2014.

McCrimmon came in averaging 219.5 yards per game and 7.7 per carry. As a team, CFCA was averaging 548 offensive yards a team through its first two games.

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DeLand (1-2) at Daytona Beach Seabreeze (0-3)

Colonial (0-3) at Cypress Creek (3-1)

Lake Howell (2-2) at Deltona Pine Ridge (0-4)

Lake Buena Vista (0-4) at Windermere High (1-3) at Scott Pine Community Park

Tavares (0-4) at Mount Dora Christian (1-2)

Lakeland Tenoroc (0-4) at Poinciana (2-2), 7:30

Bronson (0-4) at Cornerstone Charter (0-3)

Sarasota Out-of-Door (4-0) at First Academy-Leesburg (0-4) at ??????????

Winter Haven (2-2) at Celebration (0-4), 7:30

Faith Christian (2-1) at Melbourne Holy Trinity (1-2)

Orange City University (2-2) at Flagler Palm Coast (3-0)

Gateway (1-1) at Ocala West Port (2-2)

Leesburg (1-3) at The Villages (1-2)

Deltona Trinity (1-2) at St. Petersburg Keswick (0-3)

West Oaks (1-2) at St. Petersburg Northside Christian (3-0)

East Ridge (0-3) at Ridge Community (2-2), 7:30

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Dr. Phillips 35, Windermere 7

Davenport 32, Liberty 0

Thursday

Mount Dora 48, South Lake 47

St. Cloud 38, Winter Springs 16

Mountain Vista (Colorado) 42, Orlando University 0

This report was first published at Orlandosentinel.com. Varsity Content Editor Buddy Collings can be reached by email at bcollings@orlandosentinel.com.



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