Gatewood, Bartram Trail labor to victory over Daytona Beach Mainland

DAYTONA BEACH | Joey Gatewood did more in half a game than most quarterbacks can accomplish in four quarters.


Alternating series with fellow senior Riley Smith, Gatewood ran for two touchdowns and passed for two touchdowns to lead Bartram Trail to a 35-24 victory over Daytona Beach Mainland on Monday night.

Smith added a 24-yard scoring pass to Xavier Hutchinson for the Bears’ final score with just under a minute left in the third quarter. The score followed Mainland quarterback Jake Novello’s 19-yard TD pass pass to Lateveis Sylvester to cut Bartram’s lead to 28-24, and was set up by TraVez Johnson’s 73-yard kickoff return.

“That’s a really athletic and well-coached football team,” Bartram Trail coach Darrell Sutherland said of the Bucs (1-1), who had defeated the Bears in each of the past two seasons. “That’s the reason we schedule them, because we’re going to see teams like this in the playoffs. Coach (Scott) Wilson does a great job.”

Bartram (1-1) took the lead for good on Gatewood’s 18-yard run late in the first quarter. But Mainland hung around on the strength of its athleticism. DeAndre McMillian had a 62-yard touchdown run, Brian Jenkins Jr. returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and DeMarcus Adams had an 85-yard kickoff return for a score called back.

“Numerous times we made mistakes, and we didn’t point fingers at each other,” Sutherland said. “They’re really playing well as a team and supporting each other.”

The Bears intercepted quarterback Jake Novello four times. Connor Sutton had two of the picks. Johnson picked off Novello in the end zone with 2:04 left. Harry Bowker also had an interception.

“Our defensive staff put in so many hours getting our defense installed, and the players have bought in whole-heartedly,” Sutherland said. “They’re doing a great job.”

Gatewood ran for 68 yards and passed for 144 yards. Smith passed for 113 yards with a TD and an interception.

Jenkins caught 11 passes from Novello for 144 yards.

The game was postponed three days because of severe weather Friday night. Bartram came into the game ranked fifth in the state in Class 7A, while Mainland was ranked third in Class 6A.

The Bears were coming off a 52-45 loss to Cartersville, Georgia, on national TV in their opener on Aug. 26.

“This means we’re making positive strides,” Sutherland said.

Mainland jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 10:07 left in the first quarter after Kamron Lee intercepted Smith, who was pressured by Demaurez Bellamy.

A 33-yard catch by Jenkins highlighted a 36-yard drive, which Noah Gettman finished off with a 37-yard field goal.

The Bears took the lead for good late in the first quarter on Gatewood’s 18-yard touchdown run. Gatewood made it 14-3 with a 56-yard scoring run early in the second quarter.

Mainland followed with McMillian’s 62-yard touchdown run. But Gatewood hit Gunnar Hitzeman with a 51-yard scoring pass with 2:53 left in the half to make it 21-10.

Adams returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards. But the touchdown was called back on a chop block.

After Jenkins’ touchdown return with about six minutes left in the third quarter, Gatewood’s 20-yard pass to Robert French made it 28-17.