Atlantic Eagles Soar Over the Wellington Wolverines 49-7 in Regular Season Debut

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By Dave Dipino Special to The Pineapple DELRAY BEACH, FL – The Atlantic Community High School Eagles football team started off their 2015 season with a 49-7 rout of the state-ranked Wellington Wolverines on Aug. 29. Fueled by some bulletin-board motivation, the Eagles welcomed the Wolverines, ranked no. 10 in the Class 8A state high school football rankings, to Delray Beach. Wellington wasted no time getting on the scoreboard early when quarterback Blake Evers connected with wide receiver Ahmmon Richards on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Despite the quick start, the Wolverines would only gain 30 more yards of offense and no more points during the rout, thanks to tough defense by Atlantic. Quickly following Wellington’s score early in the first quarter, Atlantic running back Jerrod Ferguson broke free on a 33-yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7. The Eagles never looked back after Ferguson’s score, as the defense shut down the Wolverines, and the Eagles scored 49 unanswered points. Led by a strong passing attack and a lights-out defense, the Eagles showed they can run the ball effectively against a top-ranked team, as they pounded out more than 300 yards rushing in the game. “Wellington scored first on a touchdown pass, where our players had some miscommunication. Our offense took the field and came right back with a quick score. We took advantage of that momentum in the second quarter,” said TJ Jackson, Eagles head coach. In the second quarter, the Eagles scored three touchdowns, including an impressive run-in by Lamar Washington with time expiring in the first half. Atlantic led 28-7 at half-time. Midway through the third quarter, the referees issued a running clock. A running clock takes place when one team is outscoring their opponent by over 35 points. The clock runs continuously regardless of penalties, or stoppage of play. Atlantic quarterback Zavion Thompson had three touchdown passes in the game. He connected with each of his impressive trio of wide receivers, Samuel St. Surin, Corey Gammage and Max Wells, for receiving touchdowns. Eagles running back Shawndarrius Phillips scored in the game as well, and led all rushers with 86 yards rushing. Running back Dontavious Monroe also scored a rushing touchdown, and Marckenson Estime led the defense with an interception, which set up the score before halftime, and a touchdown fumble recovery on a Wellington botched punt snap early in the third quarter. “The offensive line dominated this one,” said City Commissioner Al Jacquet, an Atlantic Community High School and Eagles football alum. “Great job O-Line!” Jacquet yelled to the players as they left the field after their last scoring touchdown drive. Jacquet was joined by fellow City Commissioner Mitch Katz, and attorney and Atlantic Eagles football supporter, attorney Lee Cohen, rooting for their hometown team.