Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fletcher Picks Apart Lee, Stays Undefeated; Ambrose Returns Two Interceptions for TDs for the Senators

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fletcher Picks Apart Lee, Stays Undefeated; Ambrose Returns Two Interceptions for TDs for the Senators

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Byline: HAYS CARLYON

Derek Ambrose caught the most passes when Lee had the ball Thursday against Fletcher.

The problem? Ambrose plays for the Senators.

The senior defensive back intercepted two first-half passes and returned both for lengthy touchdowns to lead Fletcher to a 21-14 non-district victory over the visiting Generals. The Senators (8-0) had already clinched the District 2-5A championship.

"They were starting to drive on us and take the lead," Fletcher coach Joe Reynolds said. "Derek made the pick and made an unbelievable run. Then, he got another one and made another unbelievable run."

Despite the costly mistakes, Lee had the ball at Fletcher's 49-yard line with 58 seconds left in the game. However, the Generals' rally was halted by an interception by Khalid Smith. Lee (6-2) still remains in the hunt for the District 4-4A runner-up spot and playoff berth.

"Too many turnovers did us in," Lee coach Myrick Anderson said. "Their offense scored seven and we scored 14, but the turnovers are just really hurting us."

Ambrose provided quite a boost for Fletcher on the second play of the second quarter. He picked off a pass from Lee quarterback Brandon Sirmans at the Fletcher 4-yard line and took off. Ambrose ran into some congestion near midfield, but outmaneuvered three Lee defenders to race for a 96-yard touchdown return for the game's first score.

He wasn't finished.

Later in the second quarter, Ambrose corralled another pass from Sirmans and raced 75 yards for the score. He flashed some nifty moves on the return, weaving through several Generals to escape to the open field. That touchdown gave the Senators a 21-0 lead with 4:56 left in the half.

"The first one was definitely my favorite," Ambrose said. "It was so draining to go 96 yards, and I started to cramp up."

Fletcher called timeout before the extra point. …

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