By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
IN A NUTSHELL: After just 60 yards in the first half, North Port dominated in the second half with five unanswered touchdowns to take a 35-12 win over Bayshore, snapping its nine-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 9, 2015. Quarterback Devon Allen threw two touchdown passes to receiver C.K. Poulos, and also ran for another two scores.
DID YOU SEE THAT: Early in the fourth quarter, Bobcat Andrew Koennenmann pounced on a botched handoff by the Bruins, to give the ball to North Port at the 34-yard line. On the next play, Allen lofted a 34-yard pass to Poulos, which at first, appeared to be overthrown, but the speedy receiver tracked the ball and caught it just as he crossed the goal line.
UNSUNG HEROES: The North Port defense forced three turnovers and 13 plays which went for zero or negative yards. Sha’heen Belcaries and Dane Balsinger each had 1.5 sacks, and Belcaries also had an interception. The Bobcat defense held the Bruins to 101 total yards.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Allen rushed for a two-yard score with 4:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. It gave North Port a 28-12 lead, and essentially locked it up with no time left for Bayshore to three times if it could have.
THEY SAID IT: “I think our offense created our momentum in the second half because they came out and drove the ball right down the field. It really gave our whole team confidence. And then they did it again, and did it again, so that’s how we have to approach stuff.” — North Port coach Brian Hatler.
NORTH PORT 35, BAYSHORE 12
North Port 0 0 14 21 — 35
Bayshore 0 12 0 0 — 12
B — Nick Charles-Crowl 20 pass from Brian Coleman (kick failed), 6:22
B — Deny Dessin 10 pass from Coleman (run failed)
NP — C.K. Poulos 10 pass from Devon Allen (Cade Koerick kick), 8:13
NP — Javon Howell 10 run (Koerick kick), 3:36
NP — Poulos 34 pass from Allen (Koerick kick), 11:22
NP — Allen 2 run (Koerick kick), 4:57
NP — Allen 1 run (Koerick kick), 1:46
First Downs 10 4
Rushes/yds 27-123 29-62
Passing yds 125 39
C-A-I 13-18-1 6-12-2
Fumbles/lost 1-0 3-1
Penalties/yds 9-87 5-32
Rushing: North Port: Javon Howell 13-85, Octavious Cummings 6-27, Devon Allen 6-11, JaMarcus Turner 2-3; Bayshore: Zy’darrian James 5-26, Brian Coleman 12-15, Miguel Rodriguez 3-11, Jerry Robinson 3-7, Dwight Jackson 5-3.
Passing: North Port: Allen 12-17-108-2, Skylar Razwilavich 1-1-17-0; Bayshore: Coleman 6-12-39-2.
Receiving: North Port: C.K. Poulos 5-60, Razwilavich 3-23, Andrew Bosma 2-19, Howell 1-17, Cade Koerick 1-5, Turner 1-1; Bayshore: Deny Dessin 3-39, Nick Charles-Crowl 1-20, Jackson 1-(-1), James 1-(-19).