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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 6 years ago

Defense, special teams dominate as Sandcrabs win 52-0


The Seabreeze Sandcrabs forced six turnovers and made two big plays on special teams as they cruised to a 52-0 win over South Lake.


For the third straight game, the Seabreeze Sandcrabs cruised to a win at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.

The most recent team to fall victim to the quick strike offense and smothering defense was the South Lake Eagles (3-3), who appeared over-matched in the 52-0 Seabreeze (4-2) win.

After punting on their first possession, the Sandcrabs recovered a fumbled snap on the first South Lake play from scrimmage.

It was the first of five South Lake turnovers in the first half, all of which resulted in Seabreeze scores on the ensuing possession.

“We jumped on them early,” head coach Marc Beach said. “I think it took them out of the game when we got on them. It took them out of what they thought they could accomplish.”

Mason James had an interception and also scored when he picked up a bad snap on a South Lake punt and ran it into the end zone.

Connor Blair, Trey Rodriguez and Charles Nelson scored touchdowns, as the offense moved the ball with ease.

Rodriguez also added a 53-yard punt return for a score.

Blair threw for a touchdown and also ran one in on the last play of the first half. He scrambled and then ran up the Seabreeze sideline for a 35-yard score, making it 45-0 Sandcrabs.

It was a defensive effort that didn’t leave much room for South Lake to run the ball.

“The defense made plays and did a good job,” Beach said. “And the offense took advantage of what we had too.”

In the second half, which started with a running clock, Nelson intercepted a tipped pass and ran it back for a 70-yard touchdown, pushing the score to 52-0.

Friday night was the fourth consecutive home contest for the Sandcrabs, a stretch that saw them win three games.

Seabreeze will travel to Bayside next week, Oct. 12, before returning home for its second district game of the season, a matchup with New Smyrna Beach.

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