Prospect Patrol, Week 4, Central Florida: Monday games provide vet Jeff Driskel and newby Sean Long chance to shine

There were a lot of Monday night heroics this week after numerous games were postponed last Friday due to weather. Rainouts, however, give us here at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting a chance to get out to more games.

Jeff Driskel was at it again Monday night, racking up yardage both on the ground and through the air as the gifted Hagerty quarterback led the Huskies over Lake Howell 42-13.

Oviedo senior quarterback Sean Long showed what the new kid can do, helping fans forget the graduation of former star QB Blake Bortles by passing the Lions over Timber Creek. The Wolves also had a quality performance turned in by another first-year starter in senior quarterback Jesse McNinch.

Long had his best game as a starter. The senior passed for 219 yards (16 of 28) and two touchdowns -- a 42-yard catch and run by sophomore RB A.J. Coney and a 51-yarder to senior WR Mac Metcalf, who had five catches for 92 yards. Long also guided the Lions within field goal range for kicker Scott Harvey late in the game and Harvey nailed a 47-yard game-winner with 43 seconds left. Harvey also had 26- and 37-yard field goals.

McNinch, also in his best game, passed for 219 yards (10-of-20) and two touchdowns -- 68 yards to senior WR Kyle Plaugher, who had three catches for 115 yards, and 37 yards to senior WR Blake Gwizdalski. Timber Creek's kicker Camp Bissell also showed his strong leg, booming extra points well beyond the surrounding track and putting kickoffs deep. He missed a chance to show his leg late, when Oviedo DB Johnny Boston intercepted a McNinch pass to seal the game for the Lions 22-20.

Tough running from Creek senior RB/S Matt McCrary finally solved the Oviedo defensive front late, and he had eight carries for 31 yards and a touchdown, most coming on the Wolves' last scoring drive that gave them the 20-19 lead. Oviedo's junior RB Anthony Gonzalez had 87 yards on 14 carries.

Driskel's heroics are becoming commonplace. He even overcame a big storm that rushed through the area just after he took the first snap of the game 70 yards for a touchdown.

Driskel, the much-ballyhooed Florida commitment, ended up with 89 rushing yards on six carries and completed six of nine passes for 150 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He was not invincible, however, and the Lake Howell defense got to him for three sacks.

The victory gave Hagerty it's first ever 3-1 start in the school's short history, and matched the best season victory total. This is just the school's sixth year in existence, and only the fourth season of varsity football. Driskel entered his senior yea with a 3-25 record as a starter, but now has six career victories (6-26), and counting.

Hagerty has a bye Friday before hosting Winter Springs on Oct. 8 in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.

More from Central Florida performances during Week 4

  • Lake Mary 37, Orlando University 9: We joked a bit last week about how Lake Mary safety Taylor Richardson (Purdue commit) was probably making his best friend and teammate Chris Robinson (Kansas commit) mad with Richardson stealing all the interceptions. He has four in four games. But Friday night, with both players back in punt-return formation, Richardson gave way to Robinson, who fielded a University punt, got an initial block from Richardson and took it 65 yards for a touchdown. Also in the game, Rams RB William Hartsfield rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Cougars QB Kyle Sellers completed 18-of-37 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown.
  • Winter Springs 10, Orlando Evans 9: Winter Springs RB Ryan Petro has been on the verge of making the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60, the latest update of which was released on Friday, but his production had not been what we had projected for the athletic Petro. He tried to make up for lost time Friday night against Evans. He ran for 109 yards, including a 63-yard TD scamper in the Bears' victory. He even made the Sentinel's Central Florida Top 10 Plays of the Week on a different play that shows him hurdling a defender on one play against Evans.
  • Apopka 50, Groveland South Lake 14: We know Qua Barnes is fast. We also even know now that Qua Barnes does not spell his name Quay, which is how we thought it was spelled for the past few years, as did Apopka coach Rick Darlington. What we didn't realize is how tough the little 5-foot-9, 170-pound scatback is. He showed a national ESPN2 audience exactly that on Thursday night in the Blue Darters' rout of South Lake. Barnes ended up with 114 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but the junior's most impressive play came without the ball. As two defenders converged on QB Keon Brooks at the goal line, Barnes took them both out with a block that allowed Brooks to score, untouched.
  • Orlando Jones 33, Gainesville Eastside 9 Little Kermit Whitfield (5-9, 160) continues to impress as Orlando Jones High remained unbeaten. The sophomore WR-DB scored three touchdowns and had two interceptions in the game. He had 115 rushing yards, while Clim Robbins had 119 yards and Deante Burton had 116 yards. Jones faces a huge test this week when the Tigers travel to Delray Beach American Heritage. Heritage lost to Belle Glade Glades Central by just two points and has blasted all other opponents by an average of 47 points. Senior quarterback Angelo Warner has now missed two straight games, coach's decision. Sophomore J'Quan Rhymes has filled in and had a decent game against Zephyrhills (7-of-14, 101 yars, 1 TD, 1 INT). Last week he was just 2-of-12, 14 yards, a TD and two picks.
  • Harmony 42, Liberty 19: Harmony running back C.J. Clayton was at it again Friday against Liberty, running for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. He has 4461 yards in three games, an average of 153 yards per game.
  • Edgewater 20, St. Cloud 17: For the second straight week, Edgewater WR Alton Howard, a junior ranked No. 3 on the Sentinel's 2012 Central Florida Super 60, made the game-winning touchdown catch. His 12-yard reception late in the fourth quarter gave the Eagles a key victory in a Class 4A, District 7 football game. The week before, a short TD reception helped Edgewater in an upset win over Apopka 14-13. R.J. Altman scored the two-point conversion for the winning margin.
  • Tavares 41, Brooksville Nature Coast 35: QB C.J. Calloway threw two touchdown passes and rushed for three more for Tavares. He was 10-of-14 passing for 181 yards and ran for 117 yards on 28 carries. Also for Tavares, Dawson Shreiner had 110 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Daquan Victor had 87 rushing yards and a TD.
  • Orangewood Christian 50, Mount Dora Bible: Quarterback Matt Biondi ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more in the Orangewood rout. Biondi was 9-of-13 passing for 211 yards and an interception. RB David Lowrey scored two touchdowns, including a 44-yard reception. He ran seven times for 114 yards.
  • Lyman 22, Colonial 21: Pressed into a passing situation as Lyman fell beind in this one 21-0, Matt Flynn, a Lake Mary transfer, had his best game as a Greyhound. The quarterback engineered a comeback with 22 unanswered points, completing 16-of-26 passes for 237 yards and twoTDs, as well as two picks. Senior WR Seth Clayton was the recipient of most of the passes, catching seven for 144 yards. Fellow senior RB Matt Layton, however, was on the touchdown passes, catching both of Flynn's scoring tosses.
  • West Orange 38, Ocoee 19: The West Orange defense picked on the inexperience of Ocoee QBs sophomore Bobby Larocca and freshman Alex Gomez to record six interceptions, including three by West Orange's stellar DB Marcel Harris, and two pick-6 INTs by Diego Quintanar (14 yards) and Lucas Thompson (66 yards). Larocca did throw for 188 yards on 10-of-24 passing, including a 70-yard TD strike to senior ATH Robenson Roche, but the four picks tainted the night.
  • Lake Mary Prep 40, Naples Community 27: Ray Lewis III scored five touchdowns, including two off punt returns. He also had a pair of rushing touchdowns and a receiving score.
  • Freedom 15, Oak Ridge 0: The Freedom defense, led by Devan Gadson's three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, held the high flying Pioneers scoreless. Freedom intercepted six of Oak Ridge QB Andre Scott's passes. Justin Cook had two picks and Kalvin Gonzalez had the other. Scott did run for 151 yards on 20 carries. RB Austin Gamble led Freedom's offense with 113 yards on 19 carries.
  • Boone 42, Gateway 0: Junior RB A.J. Turman rushed for 143 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 63 and 10 yards. junior WR Marvin Bracy also contributed with a 56-yard punt return.
  • Warner Christian 24, Bishop Moore 13: Senior running back Breon Allen, a Pittsburgh commitment, scored two rushing touchdowns on runs of 34 and 85 yards, finishing with a game-high 167 yards on 10 carries. Sophomore Marcus Dixon chipped in 82 rushing yards and a score.
  • Calvary Christian 40, Orange City University 35: QB Trent Reilly (27-163) and RB James Buckles (21-114) continued the dual threat for first year Orange City University and they combined for 277 yards on 48 carries in the loss.
  • East River 40, Poinciana 0: Sophomore RB-DB Joshua Holoman had 18 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown and senior QB Josh Jones continued his streak of four games now without an interception with a 5-for-5 night for 78 yards and a touchdown. Jones had 4 TDs and 16 picks last season, and so accuracy was a big thing for the lanky 6-foot-6, 180 pound QB coming into to 2010. But he worked hard over the summer and has settled down in the pocket. First-year coach Mark Rankin has also helped Jones in keeping the passing to an efficient minimum. Jones has still only completed 43 percent (14-of-32) of his passes, but the big zero in the INT column is a difference maker and East River is 4-0.

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