Victory Christian Rumbles Past Santa Fe Catholic
Sat. November 05, 2011 at 12:05 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
Victory Christian's Kadrian Randolph picks up some yards against the Santa Fe defense on Friday night. (Photo by RICK RUNION | THE LEDGER)
By Mike Akins
LAKELAND | Victory Christian won the Class 2A, District 4 title with a 58-20 rout of Santa Fe in front of 450 fans at Santa Fe Field on Friday night.
The Storm (8-2, 6-0), who ended the regular season on an eight-game winning streak, had their running shoes on as they rushed for 523 yards and seven touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Demeitre Brim led the way with 227 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns and had a 91- yard score called back due to a holding penalty. Brim also intercepted a pass on defense.
Storm running back Ricky Pierre, who came into the contest third in the county in rushing with 1,210 yards, added 191 to his total while adding two touchdowns.
Pierre opened up the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run just a minute and a half in. The key play in the drive was a 25-yard completion from Brim to receiver Michael Morgan.
“We wanted to work a little on our passing game tonight,” Storm coach Jeff Schaum said. “We just have to keep improving in all areas and with the week off before the playoffs, it will enable us to do that. “
Schaum has won four district titles in his four years as coach.
After falling behind 20-0, Santa Fe got on the boardas running back Robert Aranda, who also took some snaps at quarterback, scored from 18 yards out five minutes into the second quarter.
“I think the team played not to lose instead of trying to win,” Crimson Hawks coach Billy Dickerson said. “We threw everything but the kitchen sink at them.”
Santa Fe, which falls to 6-3 and 4-2 in the district, continues a playoff drought that has continued since 1992.
Santa Fe quarterback, and Polk County’s leading rusher B.J. Knauf, found the holes were few and far between as he ended the game with 71 yards. His only touchdown came through the air as he hit Justin Lucas from 20 yards out on the last play of the game.
Santa Fe finishes their season next week at cross-town rival Lakeland Christian.