LECANTO — The second play from scrimmage was a sign of things to come for the Seven Rivers Christian offense Friday night at Warrior Park.
Brent Summers took the handoff, broke through the middle of the Bell Creek Academy defense and raced 90 yards for a touchdown, just a little over two minutes into the game.
“It builds me up. After that I knew the safeties were going to crash and I just had to run it right up the middle,” Summers said. “We ran that play a couple times. Every time there was just a huge gap right down the middle of the field. It was just a matter of getting past the defensive line and after that I was free.”
The Warriors rolled up 577 yards of offense and had touchdowns of 90, 35, 17, 8, 73, 41 and 45 yards in a 46-21 triumph over the Panthers.
Summers finished the night with 217 yards rushing on just 13 carries, for an incredible 16.7 yards per attempt.
“Brent’s a hard runner. He did a great job seeing the hole. He hit it as hard as he could. It was a good night for him,” Seven Rivers coach Monty Vann said.
Nehemiah Vann passed for 223 yards and three scores and ran for 34 yards and another touchdown. Mario Aguilera was his favorite target on the night, catching five passes for 157 yards and a trio of TDs.
“I trust my offense to do anything, whether it’s pass or run,” Summers said.
After Summer’s 90-yard scamper, the Warriors executed a perfect onside kick which was recovered by Carson de Beer. A few players later, Nehemiah Vann connected with Aguilera for the first of three touchdown passes, this one for 35 yards and a quick 14-0 lead.
After a missed field goal by the Panthers late in the second quarter, the Warriors marched 80 yards in nine plays, capped off by a Nehemiah Vann 17 yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper. That sent the Warriors into the halftime locker room with a 21-0 lead.
Seven Rivers started the second half with the ball and went 70 yards in just over three minutes for a 27-0 lead after a Carmelo Cordero eight yard touchdown run.
After the Panthers scored on a short touchdown run, the Warriors responded right away, when Summers executed a near repeat of his first touchdown run with a 73 yard jaunt right up the middle of the Bell Creek defense to make it 34-6.
The Warriors’ final two scores of the night came on touchdown passes of 41 and 45 yards from Nehemiah Vann to Aguilera.
Cordero finished the night with 69 yards rushing and Nehemiah Vann added 34. Alex Eden had a pair of highlight-reel catches in the second half to finish with 57 yards receiving.
The Warrior defense caused three turnovers, with Eden intercepting a pass late in the first half and Hayden Pillsbury and Noah Magill recovering Panther fumbles in the second half.
The Warriors improved to 6-1 on the season and finished the regular season a perfect 5-0 at Warrior Park, with the hope of hosting some Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoff games down the road.
“It’s huge. Hopefully we get home field advantage for the playoffs and it’s already in our minds that we do really well at home,” coach Vann said. “So if we can continue this on into the playoffs, it’s going to be a fun ride.”
The Warriors conclude regular-season play Thursday, Oct. 21 at St. Edward’s (Vero Beach).