by Shawn Manuel
Daytona is much more than sun and sand, with Friday night’s game confirming there is an intense high school football rivalry that is only separated by seven miles. On one side of the bridge lies Seabreeze, a 6-4 team looking to avenge last year’s loss to the Bucs. The other side of the bridge is home to Mainland, an 8-2 team loaded with superstars and a powerful offense.
The Sandcrabs and Buccaneers both came into this game not only looking for a “W” but also for bragging rights for the year. Mainland proved to be too strong for the Sandcrabs as the Bucs ran away with an impressive 27-13 victory and the right to be called “Kings of Daytona.”
Mainland came out in the first quarter the same way they have all season, striking first. The Bucs got on the board twice early in the game and never looked back. At most instances the Bucs offense resembled the legendary Daytona 500, fast and scoring at every opportunity. At hafltime, the Bucs already had a convincing 27-0 lead over the Sandcrabs. The Sandcrabs offense couldn’t find any breathing room as they watched Quinn Bell pick apart their undersized defense.
Seabreeze returned from the locker room afer the half looking for their defense to get them back into the game. Sandcrab Payne Vincent intercepted a Bell pass and returned it to the 22-yard line to set up Thompson’s one-yard TD run. The Sandcrabs followed that quick score with an onsides kick recovery that led to John Christopher’s 9-yard TD reception. That would be the last surge from Seabreeze as soon-to-be Great American Rivalry Series MVP Quinn Bell knelt on the ball as everyone watched the game clock expire.
Bell led the high powered Bucs with 219 yards and 2 touchdowns.
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- Mainland vs. Seabreeze – 2009