The South Dade Buccaneers were able to trump the American High School Patriots in a last minute thriller with a final score of 23-14.
It was a humid and wet one in the famous Traz-Powell Stadium and it definitely showed in the Buccaneers offense as they weren’t able to establish an efficient passing game but were explosive with the run. Turnovers on offense and giving up the big play on defense were also issues for South Dade in this game.
The Buccaneer defense showed up on Thursday as they were able to score the first points of the game with a safety.
The main issue for the Bucs defense all night was giving up the big play as they gave up a 14 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joshua Cartwright to wide receiver Anthony Taylor. The play gave the Patriots a 7-2 lead.
South Dade Quarterback P.J. Coats then gave up his first on many interceptions of the night after his underthrown pass was grabbed by the Patriots’ defense.
Their defense was able to make a strong stance which allowed their offense to have 55 yard run by senior Running Back Johnnie Hankins and then another goal line run for a touchdown.
The Patriots then scored on a 1 yard run with .3 seconds left in the half.
The third quarter was marred by turnovers but ended with a key special teams plays, as the Bucs Jerry Joseph blocked a punt to give his team the ball at the American 19 to start the final quarter. A 10 yard touchdown run by Coates gave them the 16-14 lead.
American’s offense was working down the field to get in position for the game winning field goal when a Wyatt Swanson hit on the running back with four minutes left forced the ball loose, Doyle Grimes was able to scoop it up and take it 66 yards for a touchdown. This score sealed the 23-14 victory for the Bucs as they are now 2-1 as they their district opener against Palmetto on September 19 at Tropical Park.
For fans unable to make the trip up to Tropical Park, the South Dade High Television Production program will be streaming this and every game this season live on Sports.BucTV.Org. Subscription is required and games are available for free three days after they air.