Jaquan Lowman, Jamarie Jackson and Billy Riley scored touchdowns within 68 seconds, flipping a 28-25 FPC lead late in the third quarter.
APOPKA — In a game that featured multiple turnovers and long touchdown plays by both teams, a blocked punt, and a blocked extra point, the Apopka Blue Darters survived by scoring three touchdowns in a 68-second span Friday night to defeat the Flagler Palm Coast Bulldogs 42-25 in a Region 1-8A quarterfinal.
After FPC (8-3) took a 25-21 lead on a 77-yard pass from Preston Roberts to Tyrique Graham with 1:38 left in the third quarter, the Blue Darters (9-1) answered with 21 straight points before the third period ended.
After a great kickoff return by Travion Barnes, Apopka quarterback Jaquan Lowman found a crease in the FPC defense and scampered 22 yards on the first play to put the Darters back up 28-25 with 1:29 left in the period.
On the next play for Flagler Palm Coast, Roberts was sacked from the blind side and fumbled. Apopka recovered on the FPC 32-yard line and scored two plays later on a 24-yard run by Jamarie Jackson just 47 seconds later, putting the Blue Darters up 35-25.
The avalanche continued on the first play after the kickoff when Roberts' pass was picked off by Billy Riley, who returned it 52 yards for an Apopka score with 22 seconds left in the period, giving the Blue Darters a 42-25 lead.
The 25 points scored by Flagler Palm Coast was the most given up by Apopka, which shut out four opponents during the regular season and allowed just 69 points in nine games this season.
Flagler Palm Coast scored on its first offensive play when running back Ty Jenkins took a lateral from Roberts and found Jonathan Richard for a 70-yard scoring strike.
Graham caught three passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.