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Pompano Ely (CJ and Taz) game updates



Deerfield, Ely in TV limelight

By Steve Gorten
Staff Writer
Posted September 16 2004

Deerfield Beach · If you can't attend the premier high school football game in Broward County this week, you'll get a chance to see up-to-the-minute highlights from it on ESPN2.

Deerfield Beach-Ely has been selected as ESPN's high school showcase game of the week, Dave Stephens, assignment editor for the network, confirmed Wednesday. That means highlights from the matchup at Deerfield Beach between the state's No. 5 and 7 teams in Class 6A will be shown periodically -- at halftime and usually after every touchdown -- in cut-ins during the cable TV station's college game between Connecticut and Boston College starting at 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN2.

"In this case, you have two of the best 6A teams in the state and from what I understand, it's been a big-time rivalry for a long time," said Stephens, adding that the matchup has been under consideration "on the back burner" for the past two years.

In the third year of the project, this is the fourth game from Florida selected. Tallahassee Lincoln-Palm Bay in 2002 and Lincoln-North Florida Christian and Cocoa Beach-Palm Bay last season were showcased.

"We take a lot into consideration -- how many people are going to go, the rivalry, some great alumni," said Stephens, adding that former Deerfield quarterback Brent Schaeffer's freshman success at Tennessee made this matchup "more appealing."

Posted on Sat, Sep. 18, 2004
Atkins' INT key in Bucks' win


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Deerfield Beach defensive back Walter Atkins entered Friday night's game against Ely and star quarterback Carlton Jackson with a good understanding of the challenge.

Atkins, a senior who transferred from Ely to Deerfield last spring, knew how to defend both Jackson and his receivers.

The edge paid off. Atkins had a pivotal interception and a 77-yard touchdown return in the third quarter to help the host Bucks upend Ely 36-27 in front of about 6,000 fans Friday night.

''I know Carlton personally,'' said Atkins, whose team now has the inside track on winning the District 7-6A title. ``I know all the receivers personally. I know his go-to guys.''

The interception return gave the Bucks a 36-19 lead with 7:16 remaining in the third quarter.

The lead proved to be too much. Ely cut the deficit to nine with a 3-yard run by Devan James with 4:59 remaining in the third.

With less than four minutes remaining, Ely kicker Jahmal Blanchard's 32-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide right. The Tigers (1-1) never trailed again.

''Mistakes happen,'' Jackson said. ``You can't point the finger at anyone.''

Jackson, who was 15 of 17 a week ago against Stranahan, was stifled by Deerfield's defense.

Jackson finished with 170 yards passing, but completed just 12 of his 32 passes and was intercepted twice.

''That guy's good,'' said Deerfield Beach coach Greg Minnis, whose team improved to 2-0 with victories over rivals Dillard and Ely.

``Basically, we tried to contain him. We tried to play our technique and just try to make it difficult for him to complete his passes. The defense did a great job today.''

Ely had three more possessions in the final four minutes, but failed to capitalize. Jackson was intercepted by Bryant Watkins on one possession and had a pass dropped on fourth down on another.

''Those guys are so explosive over there, I wasn't going to be happy until the scoreboard said 0:00,'' Minnis said.

Ely struck first on a 1-yard run by Devan James. Deerfield answered six minutes later on a 19-yard pass from Rod Fields to Marcus Allen.

The Bucks' defense prompted the next score. After Ely took possession at the Deerfield 25, the Bucks pass rush caused a holding penalty, and Kennot Valsaint sacked Jackson at the five. The Tigers' punt went just 19 yards, and Deerfield took its first lead with 11:36 remaining in the half when Roderick Ferguson scored from 1 yard out.

''I love my defense,'' said Ferguson, who finished with 137 yards and a touchdown. ``My defense is the best defense in Broward.''
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There is an old saying; "if the queen had balls, she would be the king."
That being said, if the turnovers were taken out of the game,Ely's in it.
I hope Taz, and CJ realize it takes a great coach like JT to over come such a mess. All but 7 of the points scored against OSU have been off turnovers.
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I don't expect too many more losses out of this group...they are a veteren, talented team. I think they'll address the turnovers and will take this loss out on the next team they play. Good luck on the rest of the season Taz & CJ...Ely has a bunch of Buckeye backers!
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Ely lost last night 17-14


Raiders trap Tigers with ground attack

By Steve Gorten
Staff Writer
Posted September 24 2004

Pompano Beach · After his final charge into the belly of Ely's defense with under a minute left, St. Thomas Aquinas running back Bobby Crawford bounced up off the turf, hugged defensive tackle Ronnie Wilson Jr., and conqueringly signaled first down with his right arm.

Behind an inspired offensive line, the visiting Raiders ran right at their opponent Thursday night, but what wore down the Tigers most were costly penalties on the game's most important drive.

They were flagged for being offsides four times -- three for Raiders first downs -- and St. Thomas capitalized with a field goal that proved the difference in a 17-14 victory.

"It shows we can play great against great teams," said receiver Richard Goodman.

Crawford, Marcel Archer and Calvin Harris carried most of the load as St. Thomas finished with 48 carries for 190 yards.

"We knew if we stuck to them, they'd wear down," said Marcel Archer, who rushed 14 times for 73 yards. "We just ran, ran, ran it down their throats."

"The offensive line was blowing guys off the ball," Goodman said.

Joe Surgan's 33-yard field goal with 2:31 left provided an 11-point cushion. While the Tigers (1-2) pulled close on Trae Williams' 4-yard touchdown run and Carlton Jackson Jr.'s two-point conversion run with 1:22 left -- set up by a 48-yard catch by Carnell Sanders -- they couldn't recover the onside kick.

"The big third-down conversions is what hurt us most," Ely coach Willie Snead said, referring to the penalties that led to St. Thomas' field goal. "On offense, we kind of sputtered a bit, but we still had opportunities."

"It's very frustrating," said Wilson, a two-way player. "We're trying to go out three-and-out on defense, and with silly penalties like that, we can't achieve that. It doesn't make any sense."

Crawford rushed for two touchdowns and 82 yards on 16 carries and caught four passes for 163 yards. He gave St. Thomas a 14-6 lead on a 2-yard run after Ely jumped offside on fourth-and-1 backed up at its own 4 to start the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Raiders' defense hardly budged, allowing 77 rushing yards on 24 carries.

The Raiders (3-0) didn't relinquish the lead after surging ahead with 1:08 left in the half as Crawford ran for a 5-yard touchdown and Surgan booted through the point after. Crawford caught a 36-yard completion from Michael Doughterty earlier in the six-play, 59-yard scoring drive, which was aided by two pass interference penalties.

Two minutes earlier, Ely struck with a 67-yard touchdown from Jackson Jr. to Sanders, who reached high, grabbed the pass with Kennith Thompson draped on him, eluded another defender and raced down the sideline the final 30 yards. The extra point sailed wide left, though.

"When they took the lead, I had to look at the scoreboard and ... told my offensive line, `We've got Ely, we've got to win it. We can't be scared,'" Crawford said.

Raiders coach George Smith said he was especially pleased with his team's determination. St. Thomas "hung in there" in a physical game and avoided allowing four fumbles -- one lost -- to derail its second consecutive win against Ely.


Posted on Fri, Sep. 24, 2004


Raiders capitalize on errors


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Ely's defense could not get St. Thomas Aquinas off the field, and the Tigers offense had trouble holding onto the ball. The problems added up to a 17-14 victory by the visiting Raiders on Thursday night.

The Tigers allowed St. Thomas to convert on five of its 10 third-down plays. The Raiders amassed 363 total yards and 21 first downs, including five first downs by penalty. On one series, the Tigers extended Aquinas drives with four offside penalties resulting in first downs, including one on fourth-and-2 from the Ely 4.

''[It] was the hard count,'' Ely lineman Ronnie Wilson said. ``That's it. That's all they give you. And they were listening for the snap. I moved once. I didn't even jump offsides, and [the officials] called it on me. It's simple stuff that we shouldn't even have.''

St. Thomas quarterback Michael Dougherty used the hard count by design after watching film of Ely.

''We saw on the film that they were somewhat undisciplined on the defensive line,'' said Dougherty, who finished 5 of 11 for 170 yards. ``We knew that we just had to mix up the count and keep them off balance.''

When Ely's defenders were not making mistakes, receivers had problems hauling in deep passes. The Tigers had several dropped passes, including one that would have resulted in a touchdown and another that would have given them possession inside the Raider 30.

''We kind of sputtered, but we still had opportunities there,'' Ely coach Willie Snead said. ``You've got to execute and take advantage.''

St. Thomas scored 17 consecutive points, spanning the second through fourth quarters. The Raiders went on a 95-yard drive in the third quarter, capped with a 2-yard run by Bobby Crawford on the first play of the fourth. Three of their seven first downs on the series came off penalties.

St. Thomas also had a 12-play, 62-yard drive in the fourth quarter, capped with a 33-yard transfer by Joe Surgan. The Raiders' ground attack keyed the offense the whole evening, and the team finished with 193 yards on 48 carries.

''We came out and got off the ball pretty well,'' St. Thomas coach George Smith said. ``We were able to run it through there.''

Ely closed the deficit to three with 1:22 remaining after a 4-yard run by Trae Williams and a two-point conversion by quarterback Carlton Jackson on a draw. The Tigers could not secure the following onside kick despite three attempts, two wiped out by penalties. Aquinas finally recovered when linebacker Beau Brudzinski knocked the third attempt out of bounds.

Crawford finished with 134 yards receiving and 82 rushing.
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Taz and CJ got back to their winning ways with a shut out

ELY 39, CORAL SPRINGS 0: Carlton Jackson put on quite a show in the first half as he threw for two touchdowns, ran for a third and added a two-point conversion run for good measure as the visiting Tigers jumped out to a 33-0 halftime lead and coasted to a District 7-6A opening victory over the Colts.

Jackson threw two touchdowns within a 1:11 span of the second quarter to break open a tight game. Jackson tossed scoring passes of 15 yards to Avery Holley and 19 yards to Carlton Sanders as Ely took a 20-0 lead.

Devan James, who finished with a game-high 117 yards on 13 carries, gave Ely a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and led a potent ground game that churned out 271 yards on 35 carries.

"Our defense has been taking a lot of flack the past two weeks, so we made a few changes," said Ely first-year coach Willie Snead. "We wanted to stop what they do best and that's run the football. Our whole team played with confidence tonight and they had fun."

The Tigers (2-2, 1-1) extended the lead to 33-0 at halftime as Rodney Lovett scored on a 9-yard run, and Jackson added a 15-yard run with 45.4 seconds remaining in the first half. Jackson had a 42-yard run to set up his own score.

The Colts (0-4, 0-2) were held to three first downs and 54 total yards.

Lovett scored his second touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run as Ely took the second-half kickoff and marched 52 yards in six plays.
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ELY 26, FLANAGAN 3: Carlton Jackson threw for three touchdowns to lead the visiting Tigers by the Falcons in Pembroke Pines. The 6-foot-3 senior quarterback found Venornce Wells twice and also connected with Ed McIntosh for the scores. For the season, Jackson has 14 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

Ely (3-2) used a balanced attack against the Falcons (1-4) by racking up 222 yards on the ground and 191 through the air. Devan James, LaRon Graham and Trae Williams each had at least 55 yards rushing for Ely.

Despite committing nine penalties for 70 yards, Ely had big plays all throughout the game. None of their touchdowns were for less than 10 yards. Their biggest play was Jackson connection with McIntosh for a 43-yard score.
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