Vanguard fired on all cylinders offensivley in a 49-28 win over rival Gainesville in a District 6A-5 matchup on Friday night at Booster Stadium.

The Knights racked up 532 yards of total offense and scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Hurricanes who had made it a one-score game after trailing by as many as 15 points.

"This was a great team effort," said Knights coach Edwin Farmer, whose team won its 18th consecutive regular season district game. "We played well tonight. I am proud of the kids. Gainesville always plays us tough and they've got some great players.

"It's never easy. We talked this week about having to play together as a team to win this one and our kids did just that."

Kimo Clarke (21 carries, 200 yards, three touchdowns) led the way for Vanguard's offense, which powered out 377 yards rushing on 46 carries.

Clarke ran for 138 of his 200 and all three of his scores on 12 carries in the first half.

He was backed by Trevonte Rucker (10 carries, 96 yards; 6-of-16 yards passing, TD), Leonard Manuel (three catches, 60 yards, TD), Travis Isaac (one catch, 52 yards), Tevin Williams (five carries, 47 yards, two TDs) and Glover Cook (10 carries, 34 yards, TD).

It was the first action of the season for Cook, whose one-yard run capped off the scoring for Vanguard (7-0, 3-0).

"This is the first time that we've been at full strength on offense all year," Farmer said. "We are hungry. We want to keep getting better every week."

The Knights totaled 20 first downs and gouged Gainesville behind the offensive line of Tanner Sims, Miller Merriweather-Lewis, Antonio Smith, Denver Matthews and Brock Roberson.

Throughout the game, Vanguard P.A. announcer Larry Fuqua could be heard describing another pancake block by the Knight offensive line, which made the 500-plus yards possible.

Gainesville (4-3, 2-1), which lost its second game in a row, did its best to battle back.

Luke Matthews (18-for-32, 223 yards, TD), Jalen Kelsey (eight catches, 141 yards), K-Z Hutchinson (nine carries, 35 yards, two TDs), Niles Cromwell (14 carries, 80 yards, TD) and Isaac Meacham (four catches, 43 yards) paced the Hurricanes to 332 yards on offense.

Vanguard held Gainesville to 1-of-7 on third down in the opening half and drew first blood on a seven-yard score by Clarke.

After Gainesville failed on a fourth-and-two at its own 47, the Knights quickly went down the field and Clarke added his second score of the night at the 10:01 mark of the second quarter.

The Hurricanes finally got moving in the second quarter and Hutchinson's two-yard run on fourth-and-goal capped a 16-play, 83-yard drive, which took 7:31 off the clock and made the score 14-7 in favor of Vanguard with 2:30 left before halftime.

The Knights, though, quickly went down the field and Clarke scored from eight yards out with 16 seconds remaining to cap an eight-play, 81-yard drive for a 21-7 halftime lead.

Gainesville, however, didn't quit and took advantage of a Vanguard fumble to cut the lead to 21-13 after a Matthews to Seth Cox scoring toss from 15 yards out, but the PAT was blocked and the Knights remained up by eight.

From there, Bryce Langston recovered a fumble at the Gainesville nine-yard line and Rucker hit Manuel for a score on the next play.

Gainesville kept battling and Hutchinson answered with a five-yard run and Matthews added the conversion pass to Cox, which made the score 28-21 with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Knights, though, just had too much as they responded with a 60-yard drive ended by a 13-yard run by Williams.

After Gainesville turned it over on downs, Williams capped a 10-play, 66-yard march with a three-yard run.

The Knights ended with 185 yards and 21 points over the final 12 minutes.

Vanguard will face district rival Lake Weir, who snapped an eight-game losing streak to rival Forest on Friday night.