Prep football | Speedy Palmetto Tigers roll to 56-12 victory over North Port Bobcats

Hicks scores four touchdownsas Palmetto claims district opener

Special to the HeraldSeptember 21, 2013 

NORTH PORT -- Friday night was no walk in the park for the North Port Bobcats as they played host to the Palmetto Tigers in both teams' first Class 7A-District 10 game.

Palmetto outscored North Port 35-0 in the second quarter en route to a 56-12 win.

Tigers running back Joshua Hicks scored three of his game-high four touchdowns in the second quarter.

While Palmetto played well in the first half, the Tigers were penalized six times in the first 24 minutes, one leading to an ejection.

With 5:40 left in the second quarter Jacquill Daniels, the Tigers 'starting safety was ejected after being called for unsportsmanlike conduct following a great defensive play.

"I think the kids understand now they have to keep their composure, especially after seeing a player get ejected," Palmetto head coach Dave Marino said.

Palmetto played with great emotion but if they want to compete for a district championship they will have to learn how to channel that fire in a positive fashion.

North Port head coach Billy Huthman isn't a man of excuses but he did say that because of the rainy weather this week, Friday night was the first night his Bobcats played on grass since last Friday.

"We were confined to a gym all week, so we weren't able to practice against a spread offense and duplicate the speed of Palmetto," Huthman explained.

The Tigers rushed the ball over 30 times for 236 yards and five touchdowns.

"We have to learn how to not allow the opposing team to torch us up the middle for so many yards," Huthman added.

North Port showed a little life in the second half when it seemed the Tigers pulled their foot off the gas.

"We have to learn to not let up," Tigers coach Marino said.

Palmetto only scored 14 second-half points while giving up 12.

David Towers recovered a Tigers muffed punt in the end zone with 5:20 left in the fourth quarter, but it was a little too late for his Bobcats.

Jack Allison threw for two touchdowns while his back up Brian Waiters passed for one touchdown.

The duo brings different dynamics to the Tigers offense. Allison is more of a pocket passer while Waiters is a dual threat quarterback.

"Waiters was able to get into a rhythm tonight, he looked good rolling out of the pocket," coach Marino said.

Palmetto will host Bayshore High next Friday in a non-district game.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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