Saturday, October 21, 2017

Miami FC Blanks FC Edmonton

     Miami FC made a long trip up to Canada and shut out FC Edmonton 2-0 at Clarke Stadium on Saturday night . It was the final game of a three-game road trip for the club.
     Stefano Pinho gave Miami FC(9-3-3) a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of play. Dylan Mares followed with a tally during the 64th minute. FC Edmonton(3-5-6) comes down next week to South Florida against Miami FC in the final game of the regular season.

Heat Win Home Opener Over Pacers

     The Miami Heat played their 30th home opener in franchise history and topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108 at American Airlines Arena on Saturday night.
     Indiana(1-2) had a 31-26 lead after one quarter. Miami(1-1) changed the momentum as they outscored the Pacers 37-19 in the second quarter, which included a 24-8 run, and were up 63-50 at halftime. The Heat stayed ahead 91-76 after three quarters and held on through the end of the contest.
     Goran Dragic put together 23 points and six rebounds for Miami while Dion Waiters added 19 points. Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 28 points and Domantas Sabonis compiled a double-double with 18 points along with 13 rebounds.

Panthers Surprise Capitals

     The Florida Panthers made a rare appearance in a nationally televised game as they beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 at Capital One Arena on Saturday night. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cats. It was the only visit for the Panthers to Washington D.C. this season.
     Florida(3-4-0) jumped up to a 1-0 lead just 1:26 into the contest. Connor Brickley, who was scratched in the last two games, collected his second goal of the season in front of the net on a pass by Jared McCann from behind the Capitals cage.
     The Panthers increased their lead to 2-0 on the power play with 30 seconds left in the first. Evgenii Dadanov scored the goal with assists from Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck.
     In the second period, Florida scored on a 5-on-3 power play. Aleksander Barkov slid the puck from the low right circle across to Trocheck in the left circle. He waited then fired a slap shot by Philipp Grubauer at the 7:58 mark.
     Washington(4-4-1) broke the shutout with 4:37 left in the second. Devante Smith-Pelley placed a pass from the right corner to Christian Djoos on the right wing. He skated into the high slot and released a wrist shot by James Reimer.
     The Cats finished the game with an empty-net shorthanded goal by Barkov with 1:16 remaining in the third period. He recovered the puck in the defensive slot area and backhanded it down the length of the ice.

Hurricanes Survive Syracuse

     The Miami Hurricanes held on to defeat the Syracuse Orange 27-19 at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. The Canes remain undefeated with the victory.
     The Hurricanes were in the red zone and were unable to get into the end zone. They had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by Michael Badgley.
     In the second quarter, Miami(6-0, 4-0) scored their first touchdown at 14:28. Quarterback Malik Rosier connected a 10-yard strike to tight end Christopher Herndon for a 10-0 lead. Badgley added a 39-yard field goal less than four minutes later.
     Syracuse(4-4, 2-2) began to chip away at the lead. Cole Murphy kicked a 22-yard field goal with 6:23 left in the first half and booted a 40-yard field goal with 9:00 to go in the third quarter.
     The Hurricanes expected the gap to 20-6 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Wide receiver Jeff Thomas caught a 48-yard touchdown pass on the left hash marks from Rosier.
     The Orange hit the scoreboard with 1:15 remaining in the third. Running back Moe Neal carried the ball in from 15 yards away. Murphy compiled field goals from 45 yards and 53 yards out during the first portion of the fourth quarter and they were down 20-19 midway into the frame.
     Hurricanes running back Travis Homer, an Oxbridge Academy grad, put the contest away at the 2:54 mark of the fourth. He found the hole in the middle of the line and raced down 33 yards for the touchdown.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Glades Central Takes American Heritage

     The Glades Central Raiders got by the American Heritage Stallions 21-7 at The Corral in Delray Beach on Friday night. The Raiders snapped a five-game losing streak to the Stallions and last beat them in 2011.
     Glades Central(5-2) moved ahead at 7:58 of the first quarter. Wide receiver Jymetre Hester caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the field from quarterback Davious Richards. The Raiders made it 8-0 as they faked the kick for the extra point and scored on a two-point conversion run by wide receiver/holder Dejuan Miller.
     The Raiders mounted a drive in the third quarter as Miller made a 61-yard catch to the Stallions 18-yard line. Later in the possession, Richards threw an eight-yard pass to Miller on the right side for a score at the 6:36 mark in the third and a Glades Central 15-0 margin.
     American Heritage(4-4) finally scored with 3:47 left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ryan Rizk connected a seven-yard pass to wide receiver Micangelo Joseph and cut the lead to 15-7.
     The Stallions got the ball back on a punt with two minutes to go and they attempted to tie the game on their next drive. It went down to the last play of the game when Raiders defensive back E.J. Jackson intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Penguins Top Panthers

     The Florida Panthers welcomed the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to South Florida on Friday night and were defeated by them 4-3 at BB&T Center. It was the second meeting between both clubs in less than one week.
     After not converting on an early power play, Florida(2-4-0) scored twice in a 94-second span. Radim Vrbata flipped the puck up in the air toward the net from the top of the zone. Matt Murray stopped it and Jamie McGinn whacked in the rebound from the left side of the crease at 4:15.
     The Panthers performed cross-ice passing inside the Penguins zone to go up 2-0 at 5:49. Aaron Ekblad passed the puck from the right point to Keith Yandle on the left point. Yandle forwarded it to Aleksander Barkov in the right circle and he scored on a slap shot for his first goal of the season.
     Pittsburgh(5-2-1) came out with a vengeance at the beginning of the second period. They scored on their first power play of the contest at 2:14 when Phil Kessel made a slap pass from the left circle and Evgeni Malkin stuffed it in from the right side of the blue paint by Roberto Luongo.
     It took another 27 seconds for the Penguins to tie the game 2-2. Following a Panthers turnover on the end wall, Tom Kuhnhackl made a cross-ice pass from the low left circle and Carter Rowney snapped in a shot from the low slot area.
     The Pens converted on their second power play of the game and took their first lead of the game at 11:12. Malkin wired a pass from the low right circle to the top of the crease and Sidney Crosby redirected it into the top of the Panthers cage for his fifth goal of the year.
     In the third period, Florida was able to pull even 3-3 at the 9:19 mark. MacKenzie Weegar, who played in his first game this season, scored his first NHL goal on a slap shot from the top of the right circle.
     The Penguins regained the lead 4-3 on the power play with 2:53 remaining in the third. Conor Sheary came through the low slot and slipped a forehand shot past James Reimer. It was the third power-play goal for the Pens in the contest.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Forest Hill Holds Off Olympic Heights

     The Forest Hill Falcons withstood a comeback and beat the Olympic Heights Lions 34-28 on Thursday night at Corey Lewis Stadium in a District 13-7A game. The Falcons remain in contention to win the district title.
     Forest Hill(6-1, 3-1) got a 21-point margin at the end of the first half. Running back Bryan Jones contributed two touchdown runs in the first quarter. He scored from 20 yards away at 8:45 and reached the end zone on the Falcons first play of their next possession with an 83-yard run around the left end and down the left sideline with 4:51 left in the quarter.
     The Falcons made it 21-0 at the 9:35 mark of the second quarter. Running back Chaz Eaton angled toward the right sideline and scored on a 48-yard touchdown.
     The momentum changed to begin the second half as Olympic Heights(3-4, 2-2) scored in their first two drives of the third quarter to get back in the contest. Wide receiver Michael Ippolito caught a 70-yard touchdown pass on the right sideline from quarterback James Micioni at 10:35. They cut the lead down to 21-14 when running back Reis Clark sprinted through the middle and scored from 10 yards out at the 5:36 mark.
     The gap went back up to 14 points for Forest Hill with 4:03 to go in the third. Eaton rushed around the left side and down the left sideline for an 86-yard touchdown run.
     OH kept it close in the fourth quarter. Micioni faked a handoff and rolled in from four yards away for a score at the 9:37 mark.
      The Falcons answered back when Jones broke several tackles in the middle of the field and pulled away for a 61-yard touchdown run with 7:53 remaining. They missed the extra point and were up 34-21.
     The Lions responded quickly as Micioni threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Ippolito on a fly pattern with 5:56 left. The six-point deficit would be the closest that they would come to take the lead.
     Olympic Heights had one more possession and opportunity to score. They loss the ball on downs at the Falcons four-yard line with 22.4 seconds to go when a pass to the front right side of the end zone was broken up.