By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
IN A NUTSHELL: North Port took a 27-14 lead into halftime, but 11 penalties for 93 yards in the third and fourth quarters plagued the Bobcats, as Palmetto Ridge scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to win 34-27. Quarterback Devon Allen was 10-of-17 for 142 yards with three touchdowns in that first half, but completed just 5-of-20 with an interception after the break. Not that Allen was in anyway the reason North Port lost, it’s just indicative of the way the game went for the team as a whole.
DID YOU SEE THAT: Skylar Razwilavich had a three-play succession he’ll likely tell his grandchildren about one day. It started with a sack of Palmetto Ridge quarterback Jacob Curry with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter. Razwilavich came back on the next play and recovered a fumble at the 17-yard line after Cristian Torres lost the ball. On the Bobcats’ first play of the ensuing drive, Allen found Razwilavich with a pass in the end zone, which he bobbled, but came down with the completion to give North Port a 27-14 margin just before the break.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Allen threw an interception with 14.1 seconds left in the game to seal it for Palmetto Ridge. Allen found Razwilavich for a pair of receptions for 41 yards on that final desperation drive, but they couldn’t find magic to tie the game. It didn’t help when the Bobcats committed a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on an incompletion on third down with 4:42 left. That allowed the Bears to chew some extra clock and forced North Port call two timeouts.
UNSUNG HEROES: Philip Osipov was part of a defense which allowed only 25 yards in the first half if you take away the two blown plays that gave up the 57 and 49-yard touchdowns for Palmetto Ridge. Osipov was all over the backfield in that first half, sacking Curry once and also recovering a fumble.
THEY SAID IT: “It was a tale of two halves. Obviously we played better in the first half — we made some mistakes in the first half — but I thought we continued to battled. We played hard in the second half, but we just had some things that didn’t go our way, and they continued to capitalize on our mistakes.” — North Port coach Brian Hatler.
PALMETTO RIDGE 34, NORTH PORT 27
Palmetto Ridge 0 14 14 6 — 34
North Port 7 20 0 0 — 27
NP — Javon Howell 10 run (Cade Koerick kick), 7:53
PR — Dominque Linton 57 pass from Jacob Curry (Esequiel Moya kick), 11:51
NP — Andrew Bosma 21 pass from Devon Allen (Koerick kick), 7:02
PR — Jonah Lamour 49 pass from Curry (Moya kick), 5:59
NP — CK Poulos 21 pass from Allen (kick failed), 2:03
NP — Sylar Razwilavich 17 pass from Allen (Koerick kick), 1:11
PR — Widly Francois 5 run (Moya kick), 4:25
PR — Cristian Torres 2 run (Moya kick), 2:04
PR — Curry 7 run (kick failed), 10:27
First Downs 8 15
Rushes/yds 35-95 28-90
Passing yds 112 233
C-A-I 4-8-0 15-37-1
Fumbles/lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties/yds 3-33 15-123
Rushing: Palmetto Ridge: Cristian Torres 25-81, Jacob Curry 9-9, Widly Francois 1-5; North Port: Octavious Cummings 9-52, Javon Howell 16-45, Devon Allen 3-(-7).
Passing: Palmetto Ridge: Curry 4-8-112-2; North Port: Allen 15-37-233-3.
Receiving: Palmetto Ridge: Torres: 1-8, Dominique Linton 1-57, Jonah Lamour 1-49, Curry 1-(-7); North Port: Skylar Razwilavich 5-78, CK Poulos 4-79, Andrew Bosma 1-15, Jeffrey Giullaume 1-23, Howell 1-9, Cade Koerick 2-20, Rayshon Lamb 1-3