RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Fla. — The one thing we learned this past Saturday, is the Giants coaching staff can make adjustments. For the second consecutive week, the Giants has outscored their opponents (40-0) in the second half.
The Razorbacks flexed their muscles the first half, as running back duo Jeffery Green and Demetrius "Meatball" Williams, ran effectively out of the single set back formation.
On 3rd and 11, QB Joel Sacerio would take advantage of David Jester size and athleticism, standing at 5-foot-11, on a go route for 26 yards, as he out leaped the Giants defender.
A few plays larer, QB Joel Sacerio would look left for David Jester, and then throw the opposite side of the field on another go route to WR Ryan Bullard for a 29 yard score. The extra point attempt would be unsuccessful as linebacker Isaiah McKnight of the Giants, would perfectly time the snap and record a 4 yard tackle for loss.
Running back Tyrone Maxwell would fuel the Giants' offense, taking a dive play 23 yards (and juking a would-be-tackler) to the 1 yard line. Quarterback Keoni Smith would punch it in the next play, to tie the game at 6-6. The extra point would be blocked by a host of Razorbacks.
On 4th and 5, the Razorbacks would fake the punt, with hopes of another big play by wide receiver David Jester. However, Giants' cornerback Marquis Charlemagne (targeted three times no completions) showing incredible awareness and ball skills, would intercept the pass and return it 23 yards.
The Giants would then rotate running backs as Diamante Jean-Philippe, Dedrick Browder and Tyrone Maxwell would move the chains. But, the Giants would fumble and Razorbacks DL Steven Williams would quickly recover the fumble.
On the opening kick off of the second half, David Jester (Razorbacks) would display deceptive speed, returning the ball to the 14 yard line. But, as ESPN analyst Mark Jackson would say, " Mama, there goes that man again".
The Giants defensive tackle Amen Mackey, would be responsible for six stat categories on one play. Mackey was responsible for a sack, tackle, tackle for loss, force fumble, fumble recovery and defensive touchdown (for 86 yards). Note, the touchdown was called back.
All-around athlete, Diamante Jean-Philippe shined for the Giants in all three phases of the game (42 yards rushing, 12 yards receiving with 1 TD, fumble recovery on special teams and several tackles on defense).
The Giants would strick for the third late midway through the 3rd quarter, when QB Keoni Smith would take advantage of a blown coverage to WR Bobby Washington on a 31 yard pitch-in-catch. Placekicker Floyd Ridgeway would drill the extra point to extend the lead.
Keoni Smith would find daylight on a simple quarterback sneak, sprinting 32 yards before being tackle by David Jester. The next play would be six points, as converted defensive lineman Stanquan Clark (looking like Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough, who also sports jersey No. 9) rumble 34 yards for a touchdown.
With 4:02 remaining in the 4th quarter, QB Keoni Smith would add to his touchdowns (2 rush/1 pass) with three on the day, when he would roll out and throw a strike to RB Diamante Jean-Philippe, ending the game 32-6. Starting center Gabriel Handman is the Giants, unsung star. Three touchdowns came behind his power, as he anchored the offensive line.
The defense was led by linebackers Bobby Washington and Dedrick Browder, followed by Amen Mackey and Raequan Smith. Cornerback Marquis Charlemagne took away the Razorbacks big play threat, who followed his every move after the big play.
The Razorbacks standouts consisted of QB Joel Sacerio, RB Jeffrey Green, ATH Ryan Bullard, ATH David Jester, LB Willie Dunlap, DB Tyrell Moore, and DL Lakwame Alexander.
The victory against No. 3 ranked Florida City Razorbacks, punched in Giants Sean Taylor Classic ticket as the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs.