Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sandalwood Run Continues; Wells Rushes for 214 in Saints' Playoff Victory

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sandalwood Run Continues; Wells Rushes for 214 in Saints' Playoff Victory

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Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union

The same formula that lifted the Sandalwood football team into the state playoffs -- Maurice Wells left, right and up the middle -- worked again Friday night in the first round of the state playoffs.

The standout junior rushed for 214 yards on 35 carries, lifting the Saints to a 28-16 victory over Orlando Olympia and a berth in next week's Region I-6A semifinal.

Wells has rushed for more than 200 yards in all but one of Sandalwood's games this season, and now needs just 81 yards to break Willie McClendon's Jacksonville record for a single season (University Christian, 2,969 yards).

"He's unbelievable," said Saints coach Adam Geis. "Teams know what's coming, and they still can't stop him."

Wells broke loose for an 85-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, putting a move on safety Kalean Cobb after 10 yards and racing the final 75 untouched down the home sideline. The run put the Saints ahead 14-0.

"The line blocked great for me all night," said Wells. "My fullback Jamel Fayson blocked; everyone up front did the job. I've got 81 in me [next week]."

Wells put the Saints ahead 21-7 entering the half on a third-and-goal run from the 19-yard line.

Defensively, the Saints also were effective, shutting down a prolific passing offense by forcing four turnovers. Freshman defensive end Jacoby Monroe recovered two fumbles for Sandalwood, and Olympia quarterback Troy Pashuck was intercepted twice.

"We weren't very sharp tonight," said Olympia coach Mike Cullison. "We made a few plays, but we made some mistakes and you just can't do that in the playoffs."

While Wells was the Saints' mainstay on offense, Sandalwood's passing attack turned in two key plays on a 3-for-4 night. Saints quarterback Matt Earnest opened the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass to John Jones. …

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