The Sandcrabs took care of business in their first district game of the season, a 52-0 win over Deltona.
BY MATT MENCARINI | STAFF WRITER
The points came early and often for the Seabreeze Sandcrabs in their first district game, a 52-0 win over the Deltona Wolves Friday night at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.
The Sandcrabs started with the ball at their own 48-yard line, after Justin Simpson’s kickoff return.
On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Connor Blair found Anthony Campanella on a go-route for a 52-yard touchdown.
The Seabreeze defense was just as dominant in the first half as the offense, holding Deltona off the scoreboard and only letting them cross the 50-yard line once.
Junior Charles Nelson returned a Deltona punt 92 yards for the Sandcrabs’ third touchdown in first quarter.
“He has got to touch the ball more, and I know that, we know that as a staff,” head coach Marc Beach said of Nelson, who contributes on offense, defense and special teams. “We’re just going to keep working at it and find ways for him to touch the ball.”
Trey Rodriguez scored on a screen pass on the second Seabreeze possession of the game.
Only two Seabreeze possessions in the first half didn’t end in touchdowns.
One ended with a 34-yard field goal from Jordan Patsch, which pushed the lead to 24-0.
The other possession came midway through the second quarter, when Rodriguez tried to dive into the end zone and fumbled the ball before he crossed the goal line.
The ball went out-of-bounds through the end zone, resulting in a turnover. Deltona started with the ball at the 20-yard line.
The Sandcrabs once again showed the wildcat offense on Friday night, with Blair out of the game and Rodriguez and Nelson in the backfield. But for the first time this season, Rodriguez threw the ball down field.
“He has to able to throw the football so people can’t stack the box on us,” Beach said. “And he can throw it. He threw a (touchdown) last year out of that (formation). So he has to be able to throw it.”
The second half started with a running clock and an opportunity for Beach to get some players into the game who don’t usually see much field time.
The Sandcrabs’ first possession of the second half ended with Jason Hewitt catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Sam Chappius, which gave the Sandcrabs a 52-0 lead.
“Those guys deserve, just as much as anybody, to get to play, and run and catch balls and do all those things,” Beach said of his second-string players.
The Sandcrabs host Titusville next week, in their homecoming game.
The Deltona game was the second of four consecutive home games for the Sandcrabs after they opened the season with two straight away games.