Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pitch Perfect for Fletcher; Senators Prevail over Sandalwood in Big-School Thriller at the Beach

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pitch Perfect for Fletcher; Senators Prevail over Sandalwood in Big-School Thriller at the Beach

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Byline: Justin Barney

The streak at the beach lives on for another year.

Thanks to the clutch running of Abereon Brown and quarterback Luke Medlock, Fletcher sewed up its fourth consecutive victory over rival Sandalwood on Friday night, 31-24.

It just wasn't easy.

The Senators (2-1) needed the benefit of a fumble recovery with 3 minutes, 19 seconds left that led to a touchdown, and then a 26-yard toss sweep by Brown on a third-and-6 from their own 6 that put the game away.

"I was nervous there," said Brown, who got most of the backfield work after Matt Henderson left in the second quarter with a hip injury. "Thanks to my team, they helped me out, told me not to worry about [an earlier fumble]. I played the best I could."

Fletcher was on the verge of putting Sandalwood away for good late in the fourth quarter when a Brown banged his way down to the 8, but lost the ball on his next carry. The Saints recovered and then gave it right back on a fumble by D.J. Davis. The Senators went back to Brown, who went up the middle and in from the 12.

Back stormed Sandalwood (2-1) on its quickest drive of the game, a five-play, 58-second march that Jabree Shorter capped with a 3-yard touchdown to put the squeeze on Fletcher. The Saints, with all three timeouts in the bank, elected to kick off and put the game in the hands of their defense. And it appeared things were going their way. The Senators' return man slipped and fell at the 2 and the following two plays didn't move the chains.

Fletcher coach Josh Corey said assistant coach Ricky Medlock saw something in the Saints' formation on the first two downs that gave them an idea to try the outside. So on third-and-6 from their own 6, Medlock took the snap and pitched to Brown, who said that he couldn't believe how much room he found along the right sideline. He barreled down the Fletcher side of the field before being gang-tackled after a 26-yard gain.

Ballgame.

Corey said the Senators were prepared to take an intentional safety had Brown not picked up the first down. …

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