LAKE WALES, FLA - Mason Prater's 47-yard field goal with 1:36 left lifted host Webber International Warriors past the Apprentice School Builders 17-14 at Legion Field.
After holding the Builders on their first possession, the Warriors marched 92 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a Malcolm Solomon nine-yard run. Quarterback Torrence Moise was 3-for-3 for 43 yards and ran for 14 yards on that drive.
Apprentice School's defense kept the Warriors in check the remainder of the first half. Florida natives Jeremy Drayton and Johnathan Jones combined to stop Matt Davidson on a fourth down and five early in the second quarter to force Webber to turn the ball over on downs. The offense responded with eight straight running plays to push the ball down to the Webber 19. From there freshman Nicholas Foor connected on a 36-yard field goal to cut the Webber lead to 7-3 with 7:03 left in the half. Quarterback Phil Caralla kept the drive going with a pair of conversions on a pair of quarterback sneaks on a third down and a fourth down and one.
That's the way the score stood through the third quarter as the Builders used a drive that spanned almost five minutes going into the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 7-6 on a 40-yard field goal from Foor with 14:06 left in the game. Reggie George gained 20 of his game-high 59 yards on that drive, while Caralla connected with Bryan Cain twice including a key fourth down and ten from the Webber 42 that went for 16 yards to keep the drive alive.
The hosts responded with a seven-play, 81-yard scoring drive that ended with a 30-yard completion from Moise to Jamal Rodman with 10:31 left in the game. Moise kept his poise in that drive connecting on 6-of-6 passes for 72 yards to put the Warriors up 14-6.
After forcing the Builders to turn the ball over on downs with 5:44 left, the Warriors took over four minutes off the clock running the ball 27 yards to set up Prater's 47-yard field goal for a 17-6 lead.
The Builders responded with a touchdown as Cain's 32-yard kickoff return gave the Builders possession inside Webber territory at their 48 with 1:26 left. Caralla connected with James Abbs on a 40-yard completion where he out jumped a defender and brought the ball over the head of the defender for the reception at the Webber 8-yardline. After two incomplete passes, Caralla took matters into his hands and ran it in from the eight with a minute left. The two-point conversion pass to Teo Ellis was good cutting the deficit to 17-14.
Unfortunately for the Builders it wasn't meant to be as the onside kick attempt bounced out of bounds and the hosts were able to run out the clock.
The Builders defense stood strong in the near 90 degree heat of Lake Wales holding Webber International to 243 yards of total offense, including 69 rushing. The three scoring drives for Webber combined for 200 yards, while for the better part of the game the Builders kept them in check. Drayton was the leading tackler for the Builders with nine, while Al Little had eight and Jovan McCamey added seven.
Offensively, George was the leading rusher in the game with 59 yards, while Florida native Sam Arnold was next with 57. Caralla threw for 117 yards as he connected with Cain four times for 46 yards.
Next up for the Builders will be the final Atlantic Central Football Conference game of the year hosting Frostburg State University in a 1 pm kickoff on November 7
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