Sunday, October 28, 2007

Apopka Claims District

Apopka claims district
Running back Jeremy Rouse scores 4 TDs to help the Blue Darters hammer East Ridge.

Tania Ganguli
Sentinel Staff Writer
October 27, 2007

APOPKA - Someone named Jeremy is often the catalyst to Apopka's success offensively.

And while quarterback Jeremy Gallon contributed with two passing touchdowns, it was running back Jeremy Rouse whose four-touchdown game punished East Ridge (5-4, 3-1) to give the Blue Darters the Class 6A, District 4 title, 48-16 Friday night.

Apopka (8-1, 4-0) clinched the district for the second consecutive year.

"Awesome," Apopka Coach Rick Darlington said. "This is a great, great thing. It's exciting for our seniors."

Throughout the first half, East Ridge was able to neutralize Gallon on the ground, holding him to 16 yards. But Rouse rushed for 100 yards in the first half and finished with a game-high 174. Rouse rushed for three touchdowns and accounted for a fourth on a pass from Gallon.

East Ridge's offensive and special-teams woes gave Apopka a short field early. East Ridge quarterback Tyler Dye completed seven of his 16 passes and threw one interception in the first half. Some of Dye's incompletions were the result of dropped passes and others were near-interceptions.

A bobbled snap on a punt gave the Blue Darters the ball at East Ridge's 21-yard line in the first quarter. Three plays later, Rouse scored his second touchdown on an 18-yard run.

Rouse's first touchdown came on a 10-yard run. His third was a 61-yard run.

Apopka senior Derrick Clark also contributed multiple touchdowns, one on each side of the ball. Clark caught one touchdown pass with no time left in the second quarter, then returned an interception for a 68-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

"We were in the zone and I just read my quarterback, read my man," Clark said.

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