The KIPP Sunnyside Senators dismantled the O’Connell Buccaneers, 36-0, in a TCAL district matchup at Kermit Courville Stadium.
This game against the Senators was senior night for the Buccaneers.
“This being my first year and us starting late, the seniors were valuable at helping us getting started, creating an attitude and an atmosphere,” said Buccaneers head coach Tim Cotton.
The Buccaneers’ offense couldn’t get anything to go their way in the game. The woes for the Buccaneers’ offense began on their first drive of the game. They had three consecutive delay of game penalties called on them. The offensive line for the Buccaneers was unable to give Izeal Owens time in the pocket. Then, turnovers became costly for the offense. The offense had three turnovers in the game.
The defense for the Buccaneers held up for the first half, but became tired in the second half due to being on the field for the majority of the game. The Buccaneers only had 11 players for this game.
Senators quarterback Albert Cooke connected with Trajon Scott for a 33-yard completion to the Buccaneers’ 9-yard line. The Buccaneers’ defense held them to a field goal after giving up the big play on defense.
The Buccaneers’ offense reached the red zone but Owens was intercepted by Scott in the end zone for the Senators.
The Buccaneers’ defense forced the Senators’ running back Deontray McKinney to fumble at the Buccaneers’ 20-yard line.
McKinney redeemed himself when he intercepted Owens at their own 46-yard line. McKinney had two huge runs on the drive. The first one was for 21 yards, while the second one was an 11-yard touchdown.
The Senators extended their lead late in the second quarter. McKinney found a hole for a huge 37-yard gain to the Buccaneers’ 6-yard line. Two plays later, Cooke found Scott for a 3-yard touchdown, the extra point was no good.
The Senators’ offense kept moving along on their first drive of the third quarter. McKinney broke for 26-yard run and a 35-yard run on the drive. On the next play, he did not get into end zone, because his quarterback, Cooke, took it to the house for a 4-yard touchdown run.
The Senators added another touchdown to their already massive lead. Cooke found Jeremiah Jones for a 23-yard touchdown.
The Senators put the nail in the coffin with a 40-yard touchdown run by Darrell Preston. He found open field on the right side and took off for the end zone.
“Sometimes you cannot look at the wins and the losses,” said Cotton. “Football is a character-building sport, with what we have coming back, the character building will pay off.”