Deshaun Fenwick leads way for Pirates with 101 yards rushing and a pair of TDs

BRADENTON

The Braden River Pirates overcame a sluggish start, a soggy field and an 80-minute rain delay Friday night en route to a 42-13 spring football victory over visiting St. Petersburg Lakewood.

The Pirates held a slim 7-6 lead with just 2:30 remaining in the first half before they found their groove and ample offensive firepower.

“We had some adversity early and got off to a slow start,” Braden River coach Curt Bradley said. “It’s tough for kids to keep their focus when you’re waiting that long for the game to start.

“But we wore them down in the second half. We were in better physical condition. Teams that work harder in the offseason win more games in the postseason.”

The Pirates looked like they might put the game away early, based on the success of their first offensive possession. Quarterback Bryan Gagg, a transfer from Sarasota High, hooked up with versatile Knowledge McDaniel for three completions, including a 15-yard scoring catch for a 7-0 lead.

But Braden River went on to fumble a snap and committed six penalties, including three 15-yard flags, totaling 75 yards in the first half.

Defensively, Braden River was stout throughout, led by linebacker Chase Knopf, who recorded three quarterback sacks in the first half.

While the Spartans had some success throwing the ball, Braden River’s defense held them to only 17 yards rushing. Lakewood quarterback Gregory Spann finished with 164 yards passing.

Braden River amassed 221 yards rushing, featuring three running backs, who all looked like they could get the job done. Deshaun Fenwick led the way with 101 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Camaron White rambled for 62 yards and scored on a 4-yard run.

McDaniel played wide receiver, slot receiver and running back and was successful at all three. He caught five passes for 61 yards, including the touchdown. McDaniel ran the ball three times for 44 yards and scored on a 1-yard run.

By JIM BROICKMAN

Correspondent

BRADENTON – The Braden River Pirates overcame a sluggish start, a soggy field and an 80-minute rain delay Friday night en route to a 42-13 victory over visiting St. Petersburg Lakewood.

The Pirates held a slim 7-6 lead with just 2:30 remaining in the first half before they found their groove and ample offensive firepower.

“We had some adversity early and got off to a slow start,” Braden River coach Curt Bradley said. “It’s tough for kids to keep their focus when you’re waiting that long for the game to start.

“But we wore them down in the second half. We were in better physical condition. Teams that work harder in the offseason win more games in the postseason.”

The Pirates looked like they might put the game away early, based on the success of their first offensive possession. Quarterback Bryan Gagg, a transfer from Sarasota High, hooked up with versatile Knowledge McDaniel for three completions, including a 15-yard scoring catch for a 7-0 lead.

But Braden River went on to fumble a snap and committed six penalties, including three 15-yard flags, totaling 75 yards in the first half.

Defensively, Braden River was stout throughout, led by linebacker Chase Knopf, who recorded three quarterback sacks in the first half.

While the Spartans had some success throwing the ball, Braden River’s defense held them to only 17 yards rushing. Lakewood quarterback Gregory Spann finished with 164 yards passing.

Braden River amassed 221 yards rushing, featuring three running backs, who all looked like they could get the job done. Deshaun Fenwick led the way with 101 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Camaron White rambled for 62 yards and scored on a 4-yard run.

McDaniel played wide receiver, slot receiver and running back and was successful at all three. He caught five passes for 61 yards, including the touchdown. McDaniel ran the ball three times for 44 yards and scored on a 1-yard run.