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Keystone sloshes to 19-0 win in rain-soaked Wildwood

BY DAN HILDEBRAN
Monitor Editor

Blake Valenzuela threw two touchdown passes and Josh Knight ran for a third as Keystone Heights outscored Wildwood 19-0 in a weather-delayed game in Sumpter County.

Kickoff, which was scheduled for 7:30, was delayed until around 8:30 due to lightning. Light rain continued to fall throughout the first half, which contributed to seven fumbles between the two squads in the first two quarters.

Wildwood took possession on its own 47 to start the game, but the Indian defense pushed the home team back to its own 20.

From there, an errant punt gave the Indians the ball on the Wildwood 30 for Keystone’s first possession.

Runs by Michael Carroll, Sam Anderson and Valenzuela took the ball to the 10.

From the 10, Valenzuela found Micah Brown in the end zone for the game’s first score.

The Keystone Q.B. stayed on the field to hold for J.J. Schofield’s extra point attempt, but the snap slipped through Valenzuela’s hands. The quarterback tried to improvise a two-point conversion, but Wildwood defenders tackled him before he could find an open receiver or open field.

Keystone’s next score came in the second quarter after a Wildwood fumble gave the Indians the ball on the Wildwood 47.
Two consecutive Valenzuela passes to Brighton Gibbs, one for 29 yards and one for 12, put the ball on the Wildwood six. After and incomplete pass and a Sam Anderson run which gained no yardage, Valenzuela went airborne again, finding Kyler Teague in the end zone.

The visitors then attempted a two-point conversion, but Valenzuela’s throw fell short, resulting in a 12-0 Indian lead with 36 seconds left in the half.

Keystone threatened again to start the second half with a 10-play drive starting on its own 43. The series consumed nearly half of the third quarter. Runs by Anton Noble of 7, 6, 7, 7 and 11 yards; Michael Carroll for 9 yards and Sam Anderson for eight yards took the ball to the Wildwood 14. But a fumble, which the Indians recovered, and a sack pushed Keystone back to the 23. On fourth and 20,

Valenzuela completed a 13 yard strike to Teague, but Wildwood took over on downs from its own 10.

The Indian defense then pushed the Wildcats back two yards, forcing the home team to punt from its own eight.
A 16-yard punt gave Keystone the ball on the Wildwood 24. Runs by Darein Gillo, Lane Blanton, Carroll and Noble took the ball to the eight. From there, Knight ran in for the touchdown. Schofield added the extra point for a 19-0 final.

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