Borders Throws Winter Haven Past Sebring, 42-0
Fri. October 19, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
WINTER HAVEN DEFENDERS bring down Sebring running back A.J. Gayle during the first half of the Blue Devils' 42-0 victory over the Blue Streaks on Friday night. (Photo by PAUL CRATE | LEDGER MEDIA GROUP )
By RYAN E. LITTLE
WINTER HAVEN | Winter Haven's Luke Borders threw four touchdown passes as the Blue Devils defense kept the Sebring in clear focus in a 42-0 Class 6A, District 10 stomping at Denison Stadium on Friday Night.
Touchdown runs of 14 and 51 from Winter Haven running back Eric Atmore added up to a fourth quarter running clock in a game where the Sebring defense took Blue Devil star running back Adam Lane out of the game.
"They did a good job of lining up on Adam's plays, so it was lets make it look like Adam's getting it but give it to Eric," Winter Haven coach Charlie Tate said. "Eric did a nice job of taking advantage of that."
So did Borders, who ended the game 9-of-19 in the air with 160 yards.
"I have to give all the credit to the (Offensive) line, they blocked tremendously," Borders said. "It was a great game for them and the receivers managed to get open. It was a great game all around for everybody."
Latmore finished with 144 yards on 5 carries and Lane had 74 yards on 11 carries.
The defense held Sebring under 100 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers with two second quarter interceptions.
The win keeps Winter Haven (6-1, 2-1) in control of their playoff destiny after a tough loss to district rival Lake Gibson two weeks ago — Winter Haven's only loss in two years.
A shutout and six touchdowns can go a long way to keep the team on track.
"We knew we really beat ourselves (two weeks ago)," Atmore said. "That's how we feel so we just got to keep doing the best we can so we can come out district champs."
Sebring (1-6, 0-2) returns to district action when it hosts Bartow.
Winter Haven hosts Lake Wales next week but travels to district rival Bartow the week after —a game with serious playoff implications.
Sebring 0 0 0 0 — 0
Winter Haven 14 21 7 0 — 42
WH Kendrick Holland 14 pass from Luke Borders (Moise Jean kick), 8:34.
WH Eric Atmore 51 run (Jean kick), 5:01.
WH — Tim Hicks 3 pass from Borders (Jean kick), 5:36.
WH — Atmore 13 run (Jean kick), 1:13.
WH — Darius James 27 pass from Borders (Jean kick), :29.
WH — Holland 45 pass from Borders (Scott Wampler kick), :02.
S | WH
First Downs 5 13
Rushes/yards 17/67 22/267
Passing yards 25 160
Passing 4-13-2 9-21-0
Total offense 92 427
Fumbles/Lost 2/0 2/1
Punts/avg 7/32.7 3/28.3
Penalties/yds 15/102 11/95
Records 1-6 6-1
Rushing: S — Davaris Faulk 4-38; WH — Eric Atmore 5-144, 2 TD.
Passing: S — Jair Watson 2-11-2, 25 yards; WH — Luke Borders 9-19-0 160 yards, 4 TD.
Receiving: S — Duran Randolph 2-25; WH — Kendrick Holland 4-74, 2 TD.