Winter Haven Storms Past Mulberry, 45-13
Sat. October 13, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
Winter Haven's Kendrick Holland slips away from Mulberry defenders during Friday night's game at Denison Stadium in Winter Haven. (Photo by PAUL CRATE | LEDGER MEDIA GROUP PHOTOS )
By DICK SCANLON
WINTER HAVEN | Six players scored touchdowns for Winter Haven in a 45-13 homecoming victory over Mulberry on Friday night at Denison Stadium.
The Blue Devils bounced back from a district loss against Lake Gibson by taking a 28-0 lead by the middle of the second quarter.
Kendrick Holland got the rout started by ending Mulberry's game-opening drive with an interception at the Winter Haven 9-yard line and running it back for a touchdown.
"We had a good week and a good game," Winter Haven coach Charlie Tate said. "I was happy to see our defense get a touchdown. After that I thought our defense settled down and played very well."
Adam Lane ran for 95 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Devils (5-1), who needed only 11 offensive plays to score their first four touchdowns.
David Whann's fumble recovery set up Winter Haven's first offensive touchdown, which came on Darian Mills' 16-yard run.
Lane's touchdown came early in the second quarter, and his 40-yard run set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Eric Atmore that made it 28-0 with 7:10 remaining in the first half.
Mulberry was playing only four days after a loss to Lake Wales on Monday night in a game that was pushed back by bad weather.
The Panthers (3-4) drove 55 yards to a touchdown on Jarius Garner's 7-yard run late in the first half, and Albert Falero blocked a punt to set up another Mulberry score in the fourth quarter.
Mulberry gained only 144 yards and completed just one pass.
Winter Haven returns to district action next week with a home game against Sebring, while Mulberry plays at home against Auburndale.
Mulberry 0 7 0 6 — 13
Winter Haven 14 21 10 0 — 45
W — Kendrick Holland 91 interception return (Moise Jean kick), 6:40.
W — Darian Mills 16 run (Moise Jean kick), 1:40.
W — Adam Lane 5 run (Moise Jean kick), 9:51.
W — Eric Atmore 2 run (Moise Jean kick), 7:10.
M — Jarius Garner 7 run (Noe Guillen kick), 3:26.
W — Fred Rhone 3 run (Moise Jean kick), 0:57.
W — Field goal 21 Moise Jean, 4:48.
W — Tavares Rolle 5 pass from Patrick Banner (Scott Wampler kick), 0:39.
M — Jerry Joyce 25 run with blocked punt (kick blocked), 4:05.
M | WH
First downs 8 11
Rushes/yards 36/149 25/158
Passing 1/ 4/1 5/10/0
Passing yards -5 96
Total yards 144 254
Fumbles/lost 1/1 0/0
Punts/avg. 6/22.3 3/31.0
Penalties/yards 5/33 3/15
Records 3-4 5-1
Rushing: Mulberry — Jerry Joyce 10 for 40. Winter Haven — Adam Lane 11 for 95.
Passing: Mulberry — Austin Strickland 1 /4/1, minus-5 yards. Winter Haven — Luke Border 4/7/0, 91 yards.
Receiving: Mulberry — Bradley Sheffield 1 for minus-5. Winter Haven - Kendrick 2 for 76.