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Magical Football Season Comes to a Close

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Magical Football Season Comes to a Close

By Claudaisha Sherman, Copy Editor

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The Stings’ magical season under new coach Mr. Sedrick Irvin came to a close at Delray Beach in the state semifinals game on December 1st.

The stings’ battled the Atlantic High School Eagles in a game dominated by turnovers, with the score going back and forth until time ticked away, and the sings lost 28-21. The Stings’ Marcus Fleming scored the first touchdown on a pass from quarterback Isiah Castellon, setting the score 7-0. Then Atlantic intercepted one of Castellon’s passes, setting up a score and tying the game 7-7. Later Devenson Cadet, intercepted one of Atlantic’s passes, and took it to the endzone giving the Stings a 13-7 lead. The Eagles came right back, intercepting another pass and getting the extra point, which pushed them ahead 13-14. Later Johnny Ford ran for a touchdown putting the Stings ahead 21-20. Castellon was sacked during Miami High’s final drive, which led to a 10-yard loss. He threw a pass to running back Johnny Ford, who ran for 19 yards, which was not enough to get the first down.

The week before In a historic comeback, the Stings, who were losing 22-0 at the end of the third quarter, defeated district rival Columbus on November 24th by a score of 28-22, advancing to the 8A state semifinals. Quarterback Isiah Castellon led the team as he threw three touchdown passes: one to Lamont Finnie, who ran for a 42-yard touchdown; another to Johnny Ford who completed a 52-yard run to the end zone, and a third to Marcus Fleming for a 85-yard score. The Stings’ third touchdown was set up after Andrew Reese intercepted Columbus, leading to Johnny Ford’s 4-yard touchdown run.

The Stings marched into the third round of the playoffs with a 27 to 21 victory against Southridge on November 17th  in the 8A regional semifinals.  Senior running back Johnny Ford led the Sting offense, and linebacker Antquan Kinsey led the defense in stopping Southridge on a goalline stand in the final seconds of the game.

After ending the regular season with a 9-1 record, the Stings won their first playoff game since 2000, with a 28-0 victory on November 9th against the Palmetto Panthers. Coach Helder recognizes key players senior running back Johnny Ford, senior quarterback Isaiah Castellon, senior cornerback Derek Gainous Jr., senior Andrew Reese and senior Leonard Lucas. He says that this was a great team win, and that everyone was confident. “Everyone was locked in, from players and coaches,” he said “Palmetto didn’t stand a chance.”

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