Bishop Verot defeated North Broward Prep 41-30 Thursday night, a night were rain did not dampen the offensive prowess of either team. In the second quarter alone the teams accounted for five touchdowns.
Verot scored the first two TDs of the game, taking a 14-0 lead, but the offensive party was just getting started. The teams exchanged touchdowns before North Broward scored twice in the last four minutes of the first half. Eagles quarterback Kole Stealy accounted for all three Broward scores, passing for two TDs and running for a third. His 36-yard scamper with 31.7 seconds left in the half brought the Eagles within 20-18.
Verot came out strong in the second half, scoring on a seven-play drive right away, intercepting an Eagles pass, and driving for another TD on a six-play drive. They held Broward scoreless for 18 minutes of second half. The Eagles had three drives during that time, and had two stopped by an interception.
With less than six minutes left, Verot led 34-18 and was driving again. They were first-and-goal at the Eagles 5-yard line. On the next play, the Vikings fumbled the ball, and Broward's Jordan Schemm picked it up and ran 90 yards for a touchdown.
After the fumble recovery for a touchdown, the Vikings responded by recovering the ensuing onside kick, and only taking three plays to punch in another touchdown. Broward scored one more time, accounting for the final tally. Although the Eagles scored five TDs, they did not convert any of their PATs.
The Vikings fumbled six times, but only lost it once. Two key plays by Vikings helped shape the game. In the second quarter, wide receiver C.J. Spiro wrestled a pass away from an Eagles defender and ran it in for a 68-yard touchdown.
"I changed my route, and he (Alex McDougall) threw it my way," said Spiro. "My natural instincts and the coaching I received made me fight for the ball."
"He's got the best hands on the team, and I really appreciated the great aggressiveness of my guys tonight," said Verot coach Phil Dorn.
Similarly in the fourth quarter, safety Jake Bowlin literally took the ball away from the Eagles' Korron Rozier after he caught it, and turned a potential first down deep in Vikings territory to an interception that he ran back 25 yards.
"It was a big part of the game, and we wanted it more than he did. I was tired of him catching so many passes, so I had to get that one," said Bowlin.
Both offenses racked up plenty of yardage. The Vikings amassed 530 yards (380 rushing, 150 passing), and the Eagles had 357 (172 rushing, 185 passing). Second half totals told the difference as Verot limited North Broward to 82 yards, while gaining 287 themselves.
Verot tailback Leslie Green led all rushers with 270 yards on 29 carries. He scored on touchdown runs of 7 and 8 yards.
"We haven't been winning recently," said Dorn. "When we lost two weeks ago to Fort Myers we could have said it's the same old same old, but we kept working hard and, hopefully, this starts our trending up to win games."
Verot (1-1) entertains Doral next Friday night.
NB Prep 0 18 0 12 - 30
Bishop Verot 7 13 14 7 - 41
BV - Suroski 28 pass from Farrell (Cole kick)
BV - Green 7 run (Cole kick)
NBP - Rozier 10 pass from Stealy (kick failed)
BV - Spiro 68 pass from McDougall (kick failed)
NBP - Schemm 71 pass from Stealy (pass failed)
NBP - Stealy 36 run (run failed)
BV - Farrell 22 run (Cole kick)
BV - Green 8 run (Cole kick)
NBP - Schemm 90 fumble recovery (pass failed)
BV - Brown 13 run (Cole kick)
NBP - Defazio 7 run (pass failed)