Blue Darters Cruelly Efficient In 70-0 Win Over Orlando Edgewater

The Apopka Blue Darters were cruelly efficient against their overmatched visitors, the Edgewater Eagles, in a rare Thursday night game rolling to a methodical 70 to 0 Senior Night victory over the Edgewater Eagles of Orlando.

Nick Celela, Senior DB and Special Teams Terror, basks in the glow of the 70-0 victory over Edgewater. Nick had one of his best games on Senior Night.

Nick Celela, Senior DB and Special Teams Terror, basks in the glow of the 70-0 victory over Edgewater. Nick had one of his best games on Senior Night.

The fireworks started early for Apopka, when junior QB Chandler Cox hit junior WR James Crider with a 68 yard touchdown bomb on the first play of the game. After a fired up Senior-laden defense quickly forced an Edgewater punt, the Blue Darters marched systematically down field with Cox scoring our second TD on a 35 yard run. After another quick Edgewater 3 and out Apopka took over with good field position near mid-field. Time for another quick strike TD! Chandler Cox dropped back in what looked to be another pass attempt…but fleet WR/RB Ray Ray Smith zoomed around from behind, took a behind-the- head hand-off Cox and then raced around left end without being touched for a 60 yard touchdown on Apopka’s third possession of the game and a 21-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.

There were many more touchdowns to follow, 7 more, in fact, as Coach Rick Darlington’s troops demonstrated their uncommon versatility on offense and rambunctious intensity on defense. In fact, the first three TDs demonstrate why the Darlington Blue Darters are so difficult to stop—Apopka posted 3 first quarter touchdowns by three different players via three totally different methods of attack. The first play of the game 68 yard thunder bolt from Cox to Crider was a classic “bomb” , a pass play many high schools never even attempt. The second drive was a methodical “ground and pound” series where most plays were basic, straight ahead runs between the tackles, many by 6’3” 225 pound QB Cox, who finished it off with a 33 yard TD run which began with a direct snap run between Center and left Guard; a classic power football series. The third TD was on a trick play, the venerable, but never out of style, Statue of Liberty play, where one of Apopka’s vast stable of thoroughbreds, Ray Ray Smith, took the ball on a nifty hand-off from Cox and sped 60 yards past the entire Edgewater 11 without being touched. Three touchdowns by three different players via three entirely different styles of offense!

Junior Blue Darter WR James Crider celebrates the big Senior Night victory over Edgewater with his Mother. James scored a 68 yard TD on the first play of the game.

Junior Blue Darter WR James Crider celebrates the big Senior Night victory over Edgewater with his Mother. James scored a 68 yard TD on the first play of the game.

The biggest game of the season comes this Friday November 1st as the Blue Darters travel to Olympia in what is literally a District Championship game. If Apopka wins, we are District Champions. If we lose, the district race will be thrown into a 3 way tie decided by tie breakers. Of course you can hear every play on 1520 WBZW and online at 1520wbzw.com.

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