Deerfield rolls by Blanche Ely
DEERFIELD BEACH — On a night when all-time Deerfield Beach High quarterback great Denard Robinson was honored with his jersey retirement, current Bucks signal-caller Derohn King tossed touchdown passes on the first three series of the game as Deerfield went on to rout visiting Blanche Ely 46-0 in the annual McDougle Bowl on Saturday night.
At halftime, former Deerfield Beach quarterback Denard “Shoelace” Robinson had his jersey retired as he joined Stockar McDougle in the exclusive club. McDougle had his jersey retired in 2005.
“It is a blessing to come back and get recognized,” said the 27-year-old Robinson, a 2009 Deerfield Beach grad who starred at the University of Michigan and played from 2013-16 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I am blessed to get my jersey retired. This is my community and I always
come back and give back and they always show me love. They ain’t going to wait until I am dead, they showed me love now and I appreciate it.”
King threw scoring passes of 57 yards to Donte
Banton, 23 yards to Deajaun McDougle and 68 yards to Bryce Gowdy. Vgor Fiuza connected on a 35-yard field goal and Jaylan Knighton added a 1-yard run for a 32-0 lead with 1:51 left in the half for the state’s top=ranked
Class 8A team by Associated Press and the nation’s
24th-ranked team by MaxPreps.
Knighton added a
43-yard scoring run on the first series of the third quarter to up the lead to 38-0 and force a running clock. Miles Dickens recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown with 2:50 remaining.
Deerfield Beach (4-0) leads the series against Blanche Ely 22-16, winning the last seven times after Ely
(1-3) was able to win three consecutive games from
2009-11. The Bucks, who won last year’s contest 55-8, had outscored the Tigers
194-41 during that span. Retired NFL players and brothers Stockar and Jerome McDougle have hosted the McDougle Bowl for seven years. Stockar McDougle (1996 Deerfield Beach grad) and Jerome McDougle (1997 Blanche Ely grad) are heavily involved in the community.
They typically handed out $1,000 scholarships to the MVPs from each team for the game, however this year they decided to donate the money to Ely sophomore Wilbens Morissaint who is making progress in rehab after suffering a severe neck and back injury in a high school football game in August.
Deerfield Beach graduate Denard Robinson (center), who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013-16, has his No. 16 Deerfield Beach High jersey retired on Saturday.