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Keystone clinches playoff berth with 49-0 win

Darien Gilio forces a fumble in the third quarter.

Darien Gilio forces a fumble in the third quarter.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Regional News/Sports Editor

Michael Carroll and Anton Noble accounted for 221 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the first half of a 49-0 District 4-4A win for the Keystone Heights High School football team over visiting Interlachen on Oct. 25.

With the win, the Indians (4-3, 3-0 in District 4) earned a regional playoff berth. Their home game against Bradford (3-4, 3-0) on Nov. 1 will determine the District 4 champion.

“That’s one goal,” Keystone head coach Chuck Dickinson said of qualifying for the playoffs. “The next goal—trying to win a district championship. Of course, it’s going to be a heck of a game—us and Bradford.”

The only negative in the team’s win over Interlachen was the loss of Noble to an apparent knee injury that sent him to the hospital. Noble played the first half only, gaining 169 yards on 21 carries. He had a 35-yard touchdown run.

“Hopefully, Anton’s not a major injury, but, of course, that happens,” Dickinson said. “Other guys have to step up and take his place.”

Keystone rushed for 341 yards in all, with Carroll gaining 79 yards on nine carries. Carroll had touchdown runs of 5 and 35 yards.

Quarterback Blake Valenzuela had a 14-yard touchdown run that was part of a 28-point first half. Sam Anderson and Darien Gilio had touchdown runs of 7 and 43 yards, respectively.

Valenzuela attempted only two passes, with one a 12-yard touchdown to Micah Brown.

The Indians held the Rams (1-8, 0-3) to 147 yards and forced four turnovers. Anderson had an interception, while Johnnie Fitts, R.J. Harvin and Kyler Teague each had a fumble recovery.

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