Sch­abert’s third TD catch lifts Semi­nole Ridge in OT

The Palm Beach Post - - SPORTS - By Sam Howard

LOX­A­HATCHEE — When quar­ter­back Kaimyn Castilla led the Semi­nole Ridge of­fense onto the field to start over­time Fri­day night, he was fo­cused on one thing: con­fi­dence.

“I just have con­fi­dence in my guys,” Castilla said. “I just had con­fi­dence that we would get the job done.”

A 10-yard touch­down pass to Bran­don Sch­abert and a sub­se­quent Palm Beach Gar­dens fum­ble were enough to seal a 21-14 win as the Hawks (3-0) held off the vis­it­ing Ga­tors (3-1).

Although he was nurs­ing an in­jured non-throw­ing shoul­der that briefly knocked him out of the game, Castilla had plenty to be con­fi­dent about at the end of reg­u­la­tion. He com­pleted 12 straight passes at one point and fin­ished the game 15-for-19 for 165 yards and three touch­downs.

Sch­abert, Castilla’s fa­vor- ite tar­get, gained 142 yards on 10 catches, in­clud­ing all three TDs.

Af­ter some early, Semi­nole Ridge coach Rick Casko said his of­fense needed to rely more on Sch­abert.

“We watched what they did sec­ondary-wise and we have a very tal­ented re­ceiver in Bran­don Sch­abert,” Casko said. “He’s just a sopho­more — who can go. We knew if he gets his legs out there, I don’t think any­body’s go­ing to catch him. He’s very tough. He’s very fast.”

That speed was on dis­play on Sch­abert’s sec­ond touch­down in the fourth quar­ter. He caught a short pass, then ran across the mid­dle of the field for an 84-yard score. Sch­abert’s first touch­down catch — a fall­ing, 13-yard grab — capped a 71-yard drive in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Castilla rarely missed his tar­gets, but when he did, two passes ended in in­ter­cep­tions. Jaketrius Ivory caught a tipped pass along the side- line to set up Palm Beach Gar­dens’ game-ty­ing drive.

That drive ended with a 1-yard touch­down run from An­to­nio Out­ler. Out­ler car­ried 26 times for 84 yards and two touch­downs.

On the play that ended over­time, Out­ler nearly added a third score on a 9-yard run — but he fum­bled near the py­lon and the ball bounced out of the end zone for a touch­back.

It was the cul­mi­na­tion of a tough game. Ga­tors quar­ter­back David Studstill rushed for 36 yards and was 5-for-12 pass­ing for 96 yards, in­clud­ing a 75-yard pass to Out­ler.

Semi­nole Ridge’s de­fense made key stops, par­tic­u­larly in the Hawks’ ter­ri­tory. Reyan Blake con­trib­uted an in­ter­cep­tion and Shane Sch­nei­der sacked Studstill to force a turnover on downs.

“They played ex­tremely well all night long, too,” Casko said of the Ga­tors. “I don’t think they re­ally hurt them­selves any­where. ... We had to bat­tle.”

ALLEN EYESTONE / THE PALM BEACH POST

Palm Beach Gar­dens run­ning back An­to­nio Out­ler fum­bles out of the end zone in over­time for a touch­back that pre­served a Semi­nole Ridge win.

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