FPC stuns Spruce Creek

Updated: October 14, 2017


FPC players celebrate after a touchdown. Photos by Ray Boone Palm Coast Observer

FPC players celebrate after a touchdown.
Photos by Ray Boone Palm Coast Observer


Spruce Creek Jacquez Lord breaks free for a score. Photo by Ray Boone Palm Coast Observer

Andreas Butler


Flagler Palm Coast edged Spruce Creek 17-14 in front of a packed house on homecoming at Pop Johnson Field in Port Orange.

The Bulldogs scored all their points in the third quarter and won a critical district 8A-1 game on the road which was televised live on Spectrum TV channel 1147.

“Penalties killed us. We cut down in the second half. We needed to execute. At FPC we are a disciplined and physical team with athletes but we scheme like everybody else,” commented FPC head coach, Travis Roland.

Spruce Creek (5-1, 2-1) led 7-0 when Kyle Minckler found Hayden Flood in the back of the end zone from nine-yards with 1:02 to play in the first quarter.

Flagler Palm Coast (7-0, 2-0) took the lead at 10-7 when Samuel Petrin kicked a 20-yard field goal with 6:31 to play in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs scored on back-to-back possessions following consecutive fumbles by the Hawks.

Donovan Montoya’s five-yard score gave FPC a 17-7 lead with 1:29 remaining in the third quarter.

Creek got within 17-14 when Jacquez Lord broke for a 53-yard touchdown run with 9:54 to play.

The game was a defensive battle throughout but the outcome really came down to one play.

FPC led 17-14 with the ball at the Hawks five-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Roland decided to go for the touchdown instead of the field goal.

“I was just thinking to finish the game. That was my mindset. I figured our defense was playing well and they couldn’t go 95-yards on us,” responded Roland.

Spruce Creek’s Jhmez Hull intercepted Palm Coast’s Ryan Freeman for what looked to be a 93-yard pick six; he had nothing but green in front of him but the officials inadvertently blew the whistle.

Instead of the Hawks leading 20-17 with about six minutes to play before the extra point attempt the ball was place at their own 40-yard line.

“They blew the whistle. They were calling the quarterback down. It’s an unfortunate call. We had so many unfortunate calls tonight,” noted Roland.

Spruce Creek turning the ball over on downs twice in the final 2:30 left to play.

Flood finished with 121 yards rushing and a score for the Hawks.

Spruce Creek head coach, Andy Price declined to speak to reporters after the game.

Flagler Palm Coast travels to DeLand while Spruce Creek travels to Jacksonville Mandarin; both are district 8A-1 matchups.

Analysis: A thrilling win for FPC and a heartbreaking lost for Spruce Creek. The Bulldogs control their own destiny for the playoffs while the Hawks need some help. Both defenses shined. Both team missed several opportunities. FPC was turned the ball over deep in Spruce Creek territory in the second quarter. The Hawks had a touchdown pass dropped on their first possession and missed the ensuing field goal. The referees were horrible in this game. They made bad calls both ways. They also missed calls for both teams. Unfortunately one bad call by the refs may have decided the outcome. An apparent would be pick six for the Hawks it was said that the ref thought it was a point after attempt.  Hats off to the Roland and FPC; they have some games left but two district games which they will be favored. I understand Coach Price’s and his team’s frustration and not wanting to talk to reporters but your team isn’t the only one that lost a game in a controversial matter. I was here in Volusia County when you were at Warner. Anyway, Creek did it big on homecoming on TV. Big fireworks show during halftime and both bands performed following the game. Also, the Silver Sands and Creekside middle school bands got to tag along and play with the Hawks band during the game.

Players of the Game: Sophomore Quarterback Donovan Montoya and the FPC defense. Montoya ran for 57 yards with two scores all in the second half. The Bulldogs defense which includes the likes of Dennis Shorter, Damien Irven, Marquis Gilbert, Norman Brown, Tyler Irigoyen, Coats and Zac Waner held the Hawks to just 246 total yards. They shut down Creek in the second half other than the big run by Floyd. FPC’s defense also made two late critical fourth down stops.


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