Apopka has six players mentioned on the Sentinel's lists of top recruits, South Lake has three players.
Wood, who is No. 5 on the Sentinel's list of Central Florida's top 100 recruits and an early commitment to Notre Dame, made two plays in particular that stood out. Play No. 1 was chasing down South Lake RB Steel Stewart from behind after Stewart had broken into the open field and appeared headed for a 92-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game.
But Wood tackled Stewart from behind, stopping him for a 57-yard gain. The play was big because after that, Apopka's defense stiffened and forced South Lake to punt.
That was when Wood made big play No. 2, partially blocking the punt, which traveled only 10 yards and setting up Apopka's first touchdown of the game. You could say Wood's two plays caused a 14-point swing in the game. South Lake never recovered and lost 34-10.
But Waisome, who is ranked No. 95 in the state's Class of 2011 by the Sentinel and has seven major college offers already, tried to get the Eagles back. Though Waisome didn't get much of an opportunity to shine on defense because of Apopka's run-oriented offense, he did have three of the Eagles' four receptions on offense for 90 yards.
Waisome who is projected to play cornerback in college but also starts at wide receiver for South Lake, had catches of 38 and 41 yards. On one of his catches, quarterback Stanley Evans (No. 18 among Central Florida recruits) led him perfectly, allowing Waisome to show his 4.4-second speed. Waisome, literally, ran right past two Apopka defenders along the sideline to make the catch. If he wasn't angling toward the sideline to make the catch, he clearly would have scored on the play.
Osceola's Akeem Daniels leads Kowboys offenseAlthough it has been a duo of University of Georgia commitments Marc Deas (No. 3 in Central Florida) and B.J. Butler (No. 4 CF) who have gotten much of the attention this season, Friday night it was another player for the Kissimmee Osceola Kowboys who grabbed some of the spotlight in the glare of one of Central Florida's biggest games.
Osceola beat Carson (Calif.) 32-13 at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
Akeem Daniels (No. 41 CF), who is expected to be recruited as an athlete, scored one of the Kowboys two fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 40-yard run and finished the game with 98 yards rushing. Osceola put on an offensive display that totaled 381 yards. Deas also scored on a 39-yard run.
Beekman 121 passing yards, TD run gets Harmony rollingAnother player with a big game was Harmony QB Jared Beekman (No. 38 among CF's seniors) who, like Wood, had some of his heroics early in the game during the Longhorn's 20-14 victory over Kissimmee Liberty.
Beekman ran 3 yards for the game's first touchdown and then passed 26 yards for the second both coming in the first quarter as Harmony took a 14-0 lead. Harmony kicker Riley Ward accounted for the Longhorns other points with two 20-yard field goals.
Beekman finished the game connecting on 6-of-8 passes for 121yards.
Another big night in loss for East Ridge's MaxwellClermont East Ridge's Fred Maxwell (No. 89 CF) continued to have a big senior season, even though the Knights dropped a 42-41 decision in double overtime to Wekiva Friday night.
Maxwell, who is listed as a defensive back on the recruiting list, went into the game with four interceptions this season.
But he showed his explosiveness during the game with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. East Ridge sophomore running back Randy Bergan scored ran for four touchdowns for East Ridge.
Ozerities, Whitehead, Heggie get goingAs has been becoming the theme this season, UCF commitments Jordan Ozerites and Cornelius Whitehead of Mount Dora played a big part in the Hurricanes' 33-2 victory over Umatilla.
Ozerities (No. 25 CF), who is projected to play defensive back in college, scored in three different ways, demonstrating his versatility. He had a 42-yard punt return, a 16-yard run and returned a fumble 15 yards for another score.
He also had 160 yards rushing. Whitehead (No. 42 CF) got the scoring started with a 28-yard touchdown pass from sophomore QB Vegas Harley.
Mount Dora tight end Bruce Heggie (No. 58 CF), whose season got off to a slow start with a pulled groin that limited his playing time, scored his first touchdown of the season on a 15-yard pass.
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