JUPITER — Discuss an early wakeup name.
Boca Raton Excessive’s offense, held with out a landing in its regular-season finale, scored on a 93-yard move on the second play of the sport Friday night time towards Jupiter.
And the fireworks by no means stopped. The sixth-seeded Bobcats scored touchdowns on offense, protection and particular groups on the way in which to a 48-41 victory over the third-seeded Warriors in a Area 3-4M quarterfinal recreation.
Boca Raton (7-4) advances to the regional semifinals towards Palm Seaside Central (9-2), a 36-0 winner over Spanish River.
“I knew for us to win this recreation, we had been going to have to attain,” Boca coach Alex Savakinas stated. “Final week we received shut out offensively (in a 26-7 loss to Fort Pierce-Westwood) and we have been hit and miss with our offense all yr. That was our greatest emphasis this week — discovering methods to get in the long run zone.”
For the Warriors (9-2), a storybook season got here to a disappointing finish. Jupiter received its first district championship since 2004 and entered the sport on a seven-game profitable streak.
Listed below are three takeaways from the sport:
Boca’s dynamic duo
Sophomore quarterback Likelihood Routson and junior extensive receiver Damien Taylor had been simply getting began after they collaborated on the 93-yard catch-and-run to open the sport.
Routson had a recreation for the ages, passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns and dashing for 65 yards and a landing. Throw in a 14-yard reception on a flea-flicker, and he accounted for 406 yards of whole offense towards one of many county’s higher defenses.
“He is aware of I’ll put the ball in his fingers to win video games. … I could not be extra pleased with him,” Savakinas stated.
Routson’s different landing passes lined 69 yards to Taylor and 66 yards to junior extensive receiver Jordan Davis. He scored on a 1-yard sneak. And when the Bobcats had been attempting to manage the ball within the closing minutes, he ran for 2 first downs.
“I might say it is certainly one of my higher video games this season, however I could not do it with out guys like Damien, with out our O-line, with out our working backs,” Routson stated. “It isn’t about me, it is about the entire group generally.”
Taylor completed with six receptions for 209 yards.
“Damien Taylor is a hell of a receiver and we have been ready all yr for him to pop off,” Savakinas stated. “We have been telling him, ‘You are too good to be introduced down by one child,’ and tonight I feel he proved that. He and Likelihood are a dynamic duo and hopefully they’ll hold it rolling.”
Lastly incomes respect
Savakinas and his gamers consider they have been paying for the failures of earlier Boca Raton groups. After early season losses to Palm Seaside Central and Atlantic, the Bobcats had been just about written off till they knocked off Santaluces to win their first district title since 2001.
Even then, few would have picked the Bobcats to beat the Warriors in a playoff recreation.
“The disrespect for Boca has at all times been there,” Routson stated. “Everyone thinks Boca youngsters are pompous athletes. However with coach Sav and the way in which he coaches, the way in which he connects with the gamers, it is extra concerning the household we have constructed at Boca. I really feel like we set a brand new narrative.”
Added Taylor: “We had been at all times doubted. This feels wonderful, actually, as a result of after we got here out right here (for warmups), they had been taking about Boca this and that, we’ll smash Boca. I feel they received too forward of themselves.”
The Bobcats’ protection contributed two interceptions, one returned 65 yards for a landing by Dante Ambrose, and held off the Warriors’ last-ditch drive within the remaining seconds.
Chris Broomfield returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and Santiago Cortes kicked two area targets as Boca Raton earned a rematch with Palm Seaside Central. The Broncos spoiled the Bobcats’ season opener 37-21.
“We do not duck any smoke,” Routson stated. “What’s in entrance of us is what’s in entrance of us.”
Warriors fall quick
Jupiter coach Jason Kradman wasn’t anticipating a shootout after his group recorded three shutouts and gave up a mean of 9.6 factors a recreation throughout the common season. The Warriors gave up extra factors within the first half (31) than they’d in any single recreation.
“Our protection has been nice,” Kradman stated. “We have shut down groups’ passing assaults for essentially the most half all yr. … Give them a ton of credit score. They simply hit a bunch of massive performs.”
Senior quarterback Luke Douglas was heroic in defeat, passing for 269 yards and a landing and scoring on three quick runs. He additionally performed protection.
“I feel Luke’s the participant of the yr within the county,” Kradman stated. “We do not win 9 video games with out Luke. He is simply been unbelievable for us in each side. … He is the participant of the yr, fingers down, not even shut.”
Kradman additionally saluted the remainder of his seniors, who helped remodel a mediocre program right into a county energy.
“Our guys performed their butts off,” he stated. “We received down by 14 after which fought ourselves again into the sport. I am actually pleased with our guys, pleased with our 14 seniors. They’re those that led us to this improbable season.”