Winning streak halts at three for Spartans

By Randy Lefko Sports Editor
Posted 10/5/22

ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School, minus three key players to injury, turned around a 32-7 first half to finish off a gallant 37-28 loss to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind Monday night …

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Winning streak halts at three for Spartans

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ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School, minus three key players to injury, turned around a 32-7 first half to finish off a gallant 37-28 loss to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind Monday night on the St. Johns campus. St. Johns falls to 3-2 while Florida Deaf improves to 3-3.

“We could not establish our run game on them in the first half and we may have waited too long to start throwing the ball,” said St. Johns coach Rocky Bantag. “Our starting quarterback, Caden Burchfield was out, and we had a new quarterback in there, Andrew Staten, and he handled the game well in the second half.”

Staten was able to find wide receiver Ian Mamea twice for long touchdowns to keep the game honest for the Spartans with defensive end Caleb Cameron able to penetrate the tightly-packed Florida Deaf crossing backfield to register some tackles for loss.

“They play hard, I always say that, but they do,” said Bantag.

Staten finished impressively with 280 passing yards on 19 of 36 passes with three scores while running duties went primarily to Shane Reaves (37 yards) and George Friedline (21 yards). Friedline has been Bantag’s workhorse backfield weapon. Staten did score off a plunge for St. Johns.

In the air, Mamea continued his air assault ways with 12 catches for 171 yards with three scores and Bodie Brafford snaring five for 90; one a 50 yarder, in the Spartans attack.

Kicker Corban Berrang was perfect on four PAT kicks.

St. Johns returns to action in two weeks with an October 13 game at St. Johns Lutheran in Ocala (1-4).

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