Broncos survive Saints as defense comes up big in second half, 2-0

PALMETTO BAY, Fla. -- The Sean Taylor Classic Div. 2 (Jr. Pee Wee) semi-finals matchup between the Palmetto Bay Broncos (3-3-1) vs. Little River Saints (3-3-1), shared a number of similarities. Both teams enter the contest with a (3-3-1) win-loss record, and ended in a (6-6) tie, dating back to week 8. On Saturday, afternoon at Palmetto Bay Park, is was win or go home.

The first play of the opening drive didn't go as scripted, for the Broncos offense, fumbling the ball inside their own red zone as the Saints DL (Name) quickly recovered their miscue.

On the Saints first offensive play, RB Joshua Moore, would find daylight, turning the corner on a 18 yard scamper, placing the ball at the Broncos 2 yard line.

On the next play, defensive tackle Eric Cannon would meet the ball carrier right before the goal line, and take the ball right out of his hands.

The next few possesses would be 3-and-out for both teams. The Broncos punter Wentrell Tillman, helped his defense throughout the game, as he averaged 20 yards per punt.

During the 3rd quarter, the Saints offense begin to march upfield as QB and RB, delivered big gains on the ground. The  Saints found themselves in a familiar place once again, inside of the Broncos red zone. However, the same results would occur, as defensive tackle Semaj Gillard would cause a fumble and the Broncos would recover.

The first play of the opening drive of the second half, Saints QB Leroy James operating out of an empty formation, would make a defender miss and race up field for a 63 yard gain, as Broncos LB Wentrell Tillman gained ground and made a touchdown saving tackle.

Broncos' Safety Wentrell Tillman would come up big again during the 3rd quarter, reading the Saints QB eyes and intercepting the pass. But, the play wouldn't stand due to a penalty.

On fourth down, the Saints would punt to return specialist Eric Cannon, who would field the ball at the Saints 35 yard line, make two defenders miss and sprint directly upfield taking the punt the distance for a touchdown. Flag on the play.

The game remained two to zero with 6:53 in counting during the 4th quarter. The Broncos punter Wentrell Tillman would drill a punt 28 yards as gunner Eric Cannon, raced down field and quickly tackled the returner for no gain.

The Saints last four plays consisted of the shotgun empty formation. But, the Broncos defense would bend, but not break. Time would expire and the Broncos and fans would erupt with joy, as they held off an extremely talented Saints squad.

The Saints key players were Name, Name, and Name. Joshua Moore, Leroy James, Toddrese Sutton, Arelious Slaughter, and Zekiah Maynard. QB Leroy James was responsible for over 100 all-purpose yards and finished second in tackles at CB behind teammate LB Joshua Moore who recorded 11 solo tackles. Jerome Johnson and Chad Smith both contributed on both sides of the ball.

The Broncos stand outs were Patrick Lawrence, Kamron Wilson, Nicholas Wilton, and Semaj Gillard. Wilton made tackles all over the field at linebacker and defensive tackle Semaj Gillard recorded 2 sacks, as he and Eric Cannon anchored the trenches. Fullback Jadeon Heron made several great lead blocks.

Player of the Game

All-around Athlete Eric Cannon (QB, RB, DT, LB, PR) compiled 126 yards and finished with 13 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery.

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