Prep football | Sarasota's Bane Jr. scores three TDs to lead Sailors past Bayshore Bruins

jdill@bradenton.comSeptember 7, 2013 

MANATEE -- Shawn Bane Jr. touched the ball four times on offense.

That was the good news for Bayshore football fans.

The Sarasota senior wide receiver scored touchdowns on three of those touches.

That spelled disaster for the Bruins (0-2) in Saturday's rescheduled non-district game at Balvanz Stadium, a 24-7 Sarasota win. Inclement weather pushed the game from Friday to Saturday morning.

For one quarter, the teams were locked in a tight battle.

Then Sarasota (2-0) pounded the ball on the ground five straight times, before unleashing a deft play-action pass from Caulin McNeal to Bane Jr.

The result was a 60-yard score, the first of two touchdown receptions for the speedy Bane.

"These kids know all about him," Bayshore head coach Elijah Freeman said. "They saw him last year, and we talked about how they're still going to get the ball into his hands whether it's deep or short. He's their playmaker. They were aware, but clearly they didn't care of their responsibilities. Like I told these guys, that's more my fault than theirs. I've got to do a better job of preparing them."

Bane, whose father is considered one of the best running backs in area history, delivered a rushing touchdown, too.

It came early in the third quarter after Sarasota recovered an onside kick. The Sailors led 17-0 at halftime.

Bane took a handoff as he motioned in from his receiver position and swept across the Bayshore defense. He cut up field after getting sprung by a couple blockers and turned on the jets to race into paydirt untouched to complete the 38-yard run.

"I think we did solid as a whole," said Bane Jr., who finished with two receptions for 122 yards and two rushes for 37 yards. "I did well, but I can play better. And on a Saturday, it's great."

The three scores were a microcosm o for the Bruins' defense. They were stout for most of the game, but the three big plays resulted in a huge hole.

Meanwhile, Bayshore's offense generated some movement, but the Bruins stalled when entering Sailor territory, including their second possession that ended with a blocked field goal attempt.

"We sputtered a bit, when we should have been in good shape," Freeman said. "We sputtered when we got into the red zone. Third downs, critical downs, we've been talking about that since fall camp started. How we need to do a better job on third down. And once we get into the red zone, we've got to make the proper play call and we have to hold our water. We had a false start penalty that backed us up five yards. We had a holding penalty after we had the ball moving pretty well. So we had a couple costly penalties, but those are things that are correctable."

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