A shout out to our Wild Cats as they take down Spruce Creek 42-14 in the second round of the 8A state playoffs Friday night!
WINTER PARK – An opportunistic defense and plenty of Tyrone Davis enabled the Winter Park Wildcats to roar into the second round of the Class 8A state playoffs on Friday night.
Davis ran for 54 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 57 yards and another score, and Winter Park’s defense forced three turnovers en route to a 42-14 blowout of Spruce Creek in a first-round game. Unbeaten Winter Park (11-0), ranked No. 6 in the state, will host Apopka in a second-round game on Nov. 17. Apopka defeated Seminole in a first-round contest.
Winter Park led just 21-14 at halftime behind two TD runs and a TD catch from Davis. Spruce Creek’s Kyle Minckler passed for 181 yards and two TDs to keep things interesting.
The Wildcats then seized the momentum on Spruce Creek’s opening play of the second half when JJ Valle-Smith returned a fumble 46 yards for a TD. Winter Park then scored on consecutive drives overlapping the third and fourth quarters to take a commanding 42-14 lead.
“I think we played pretty good,” said Winter Park coach Tim Shifflet. “All year long, we’ve been a second half team. We had some blown coverages in the first half.”
Winter Park’s Cameron Legree passed for 185 yards and two TDs. The Wildcats allowed only 231 total yards, including just 34 in the second half.
Minckler finished with 191 yards passing for the Hawks (8-2).
Neither team took more than a seven-point lead in the first half, but Winter Park never trailed. Davis ran for TDs of 8 and 1 yard, and caught an 8-yard TD pass in the opening half. But Spruce Creek kept things close behind Minckler’s two scores.
Winter Park 42, Spruce Creek 14
FIRST – WP: Davis 8 run (Boe kick); SC: Thiel 5 pass from Minckler (Van Winter kick);
SECOND – WP: Davis 1 run (Boe kick); SC: Tweed 19 pass from Minckler (Van Winter kick); WP: Davis 8 pass from Legree (Boe kick).
THIRD – WP: Valle-Smith 46 fumble return (Boe kick).
FOURTH – WP: Honohan 1 pass from Legree (Boe kick); WP: Davis 9 run (Boe kick).
Cameron LeGree tossed four touchdown passes and the Winter Park defense forced four turnovers to help the Wildcats wrap up their second straight district title Friday.
Winter Park, ranked No. 2 in the Sentinel Super 16, secured a home playoff game in the first round of the state playoffs with a 27-7 win over No. 12 Boone (5-2, 2-1) in a Class 8A, District 3 showdown at Showalter Field.
Winter Park improves to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in district play.
“This is a dream come true, this is what you grow up thinking about, winning championships,” LeGree said afterwards. “And it’s great to come back and do it in front of our home crowd and coaches and administrators, who support us every day at school.”
LeGree threw over the middle for Cameron Brown on the third play of the second half and watched as the senior wideout sprinted through the secondary for a 74-yard score. The touchdown gave the Wildcats a 21-7 lead that was hardly contested.
LeGree finished 13 of 23 passing for 214 yards and four touchdowns. He was also intercepted late in the fourth quarter and rushed eight times for 35 yards. Brian Gomez caught four passes for 57 yards and two scores.
As it has against opposing teams throughout much of the season, Winter Park’s defense appeared impressive as it contained Boone by holding the Braves to under 200 yards of offense.
E.J. Jimenez made a diving interception and Michael Lopez picked off his eighth pass of the season in the third quarter.
Jordan Ferrer and J.J. Valle-Smith recorded sacks in the second half that forced punts, and Alex Clarke forced a turnover-on-downs with a sack late in the fourth.
“All year long we’ve been hanging our hats on our defense, and they’ve been playing really well,” Winter Park coach Tim Shifflet said. “It was important to jump out to a little bit of a lead in the first quarter like we did because they can control the clock and keep you off the field offensively.”
Cullen Honohan recovered Boone’s second lost fumble of the first half. He then helped turn it into a 14-0 lead with less than 10 minutes to play when he took a pass from LeGree on fourth down and went 11 yards to the end zone.
Boone, who put the ball on the ground three times in the first half, reached the end zone midway through the second quarter to get within 14-7 when quarterback Jaxsen Anagnostis capped a 6-play drive by plunging in from a yard out.
The postseason remains within reach for Boone as a wild card despite the loss. The Braves entered the week ranked seventh among the top eight teams in average playoff points in 8A-Region 1 according to the latest FHSAA projections.
Winter Park 27, Boone 7
Shout out to our Wildcats for remaining undefeated in a Homecoming shut out against University last night with a 54-0 win.
Tyler Stover, Orlando Sentinel Correspondent
Sentinel Super 16 No. 5 Winter Park dominated defensively and kept its perfect football season alive, going on the road Thursday to defeat Olympia 21-7.
Turnovers doomed the Titans, as the swarming Wildcats defense picked off Olympia quarterback Joe Milton five times and recovered a pair of fumbles.
Winter Park (6-0) caused its first turnover on the opening kickoff, recovering a fumble on the return. The Wildcats capitalized quickly, as Cameron LeGree reached the end zone on a two-yard sneak.
Later in the quarter, Olympia (3-3) equaled the score on a wacky play. A handoff exchange went awry, and the ball bounced into the end zone, where offensive lineman Pedro Giovanni emerged with possession for a touchdown. The game remained tied at 7-7 going into halftime.
Winter Park came out of the locker room with newfound momentum, with LeGree connecting with Brian Gomez for a 62-yard touchdown pass. Just over a minute later, Jordan Manning intercepted Milton and returned it 33 yards to the end zone, extending the lead to 21-7.
LeGree finished with 118 passing yards to go with his pair of touchdowns. Tyrone Davis led the Wildcats with 127 yards on the ground.
The Wildcat defense set the tone all evening, clamping down on the Olympia passing game. Four of Milton’s five interceptions came in the second half, with Michael Lopez coming down with a pair of picks.
Winter Park evened the series record at 2-2 with the win.
Winter Park 21, Olympia 7
FIRST: WP: LeGree 2 run (Boe kick), 8:36; O: Giovanni fumble recovery in end zone (Stone kick), 1:16; THIRD: WP: Gomez 62 pass from LeGree (Boe kick), 11:13; WP: Manning 33 interception return (Boe kick), 10:08
Winter Park maintained its perfect record with a 28-22 road win against Class 8A, District 3 rival Timber Creek on Friday night.
The Wildcats (5-0, 1-0) took the lead 7-3 in the first quarter when quarterback Cameron Legree dodged two defenders in the backfield and flipped a short pass to Tyrone Davis, who weaved his way to the end zone to complete a 34-yard play.
The victory gave Winter Park a 7-6 lead in a series that kicked off in 2005.
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In a battle of unbeatens, No. 7 Winter Park dominated the second half to halt Evans’ early-season momentum with a 35-0 victory at Showalter Field.
Tyrone Davis sparked Winter Park (4-0) with 68 rushing yards and a touchdown in the opening half, propelling the Wildcats to a 7-0 lead at intermission.
Tyrone Davis ran for 109 yards and two scores against Evans Friday night. (Max Fay/Orlando Sentinel)"Our defense played with tremendous effort tonight," said Winter Park head coach Tim Shifflet. "Evans has a good football team and I'm really proud of how we held their offense in check."
The go-ahead score came with 6:23 in the second quarter when Davis broke free for a 31-yard touchdown. Davis' score was setup by a 40-yard interception return from Winter Park senior Michael Lopez.
Winter Park defensive back Michael Lopez intercepts a pass from Evans quarterback Deandre Moody in the second quarter of the Wildcats win Friday night. (Max Fay/Orlando Sentinel)"I don't know if it was the hurricane, or what it was, but we didn't play well in the first half," Shifflet said. "We had a gut-check moment at halftime and I'm proud of the way we responded."
Coming out of halftime, Lopez continued to be the difference. Following his second interception, Winter Park's offense drove 51 yards on eight plays to increase its lead to 15-0.
Wildcats quarterback Cameron LeGree capped the drive with a 1-yard score.
Winter Park would add second-half scores from Davis, Cullen Honohan and sophomore Marcus Clarke to put the contest out of reach.
"Our defensive effort has been there all year and we have to keep making plays on that side of the ball," Shifflet said. "Overall, I'm very proud of our effort tonight."
Updated: After the game being postponed Friday night due to lightning, the game was rescheduled for Saturday morning, and our Winter Park Wildcats took at the Lions early in the first half. Go Cats!
Updated Orlando Sentinel story and video
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Nathan Hendrix, Orlando Sentinel Correspondent
The Winter Park (1-0) at Oviedo (0-1) game is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. this morning.
Winter Park, ranked No. 9 in the Super 16, led 7-6 in the first quarter when the game was halted due to lightning with 9:03 remaining in the first quarter.
Oviedo went ahead early when linebacker Antione Ferguson scooped up a Wildcats fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. The PAT failed.
Winter Park quarterback Cameron Legree tied the score with a 14-yard keeper and the kick was good for the lead going into today.
Orlando Sentinel: Winter Park wins big over Lake Nona
by Chris Hays The Prospector
(See video of Coach Shifflet here and article page here)
Senior quarterback Cameron Legree threw two first-half touchdown passes and the Winter Park defense stifled the Lake Nona passing attack as the Wildcats rolled 42-3 in the season opener for both teams.
Legree was a big reason why Winter Park jumped out to a 35-0 lead at halftime, completing all six of his first half passes – two for touchdowns to Tyrone Davis and Cameron Brown – and adding 38 rushing yards to the offense.
“When you bring a team back from last year that was in the regional finals, the one key component you always look for is that quarterback and when you can bring your quarterback back, it helps a lot of those young guys pick up their game a lot faster,” Winter Park head coach Tim Shifflet said. “[Legree] is one of those leaders on the field. He can run it, he can throw it when needed. He’s proven that last year and again he had a heck of a football game for us. He’s one of my captains and I can’t be more proud of him.”
Couple Legree’s play and a balanced offensive attack with the play of the defense and Winter Park caused fits for Lake Nona all night. Winter Park hit early as Legree hooked up with Davis for a touchdown just over four minutes into the game, and then defensive back Jordan Manning stepped in front of a Michael Kern pass two plays later and it was 14-0 with still 6 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first quarter.
The defense, led by the front-line play of Jordan Ferrer, Alex Clarke and Embry Jones wreaked havoc on the Lake Nona offensive plans, and Clarke and Jones even combined for a sack-and-strip fumble that led to an E.J. Jimenez 3-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter.
Lake Nona could not find an answer. Kern had a rough night in his debut as Nona’s starting quarterback, going 7-of-17 passing for just 19 yards and the interception.
“We’ve always taken a lot of pride in playing good defense here at Winter Park,” Shifflet said. “It’s one of the things we hang our hat on and we got some guys back on the back end … and if the front three can make some plays and get to that quarterback we’ve got a shot to make some plays and hopefully get some wins.
Legree finished the game 6-of-8 passing for 126 yards and two touchdowns and he also had 47 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground. Davis added 49 yards rushing and Paul Coutinho scored the other touchdown on a short run.
“It’s always good to get that first win under your belt. … We saw some kids really make some plays, we got some turnovers and we did some things well,” Shifflet said. “We got a long way to go. It’s just one game and it’s a long season.”