Menendez scores 30 second-half points in 44-14 blowout of Fleming Island

Menendez coach Patrick Turner is concerned that in the fall depth could be a problem in the third and fourth quarters for his team.


But that certainly wasn’t the case Thursday night as the Falcons scored 30 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Fleming Island 44-14 in a spring football game at Veterans Stadium.

“I’m excited, because Fleming Island always has a good defense,” Turner said.

But the Golden Eagles could not keep up with the Falcons’ speed, and that asset was only magnified in the second half when Menendez’s defense clamped down, giving its offense the opportunity to play with a short field throughout the final two quarters.

The Eagles did not penetrate Falcons’ territory in the second half until Brian Brown completed a 40-yard pass to Jared Ashe on the game’s final drive, which stalled at the Falcons’ 28.

“Our defense did a good job. (Linebacker) Ryan Rice was flying around. He’s pretty much our leader on defense,” Turner said. “We also got a lot of young kids get in. (Rising sophomore) tight end Noah Gillan was phenomenal blocking on the perimeter and even in the box. And of course our individual talent is exceptional,” Turner said.

The Falcons’ talented trio of Kenny Logan, Darian Oxendine and DeMario Douglas all scored long touchdowns. Oxendine also tossed two touchdown passes.

“Coach gave us a talk at halftime, and we came together in the second half, and our defense stepped up,” Oxendine said.

Menendez scored on four of it five possessions after halftime, starting with an 18-yard field goal by Estin Thiele that gave the Falcons the lead at 17-14. After Fleming Island’s Josh Harris intercepted Michael King, Falcons linebacker Marquel Williams stripped the ball from running back Malik Williams and ran 11 yards for a score.

King made it 31-14 on a 4-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter, Douglas raced down the left sideline on a 45-yard touchdown run and Oxendine closed out the scoring with a 50-yard run.

“I trust (Douglas). I know he’s going to make someone miss,” Oxendine said.

Logan caught a touchdown pass in the first half and had two touchdowns called back before hurting his right knee in the third quarter and leaving the game.

“He’ll be fine. He just tweaked it,” Turner said.

Fleming Island’s Jackson Bull caught two touchdown passes from rising sophomore quarterback Dean Hyams in the first half.

After Bull’s 27-yard first-quarter scoring catch, Logan followed with a 63-yard touchdown reception from Oxendine.

Logan caught a pass at the line and spun away from two defenders to sprint to the end zone.

After Bull’s 43-yard TD catch with 9:52 left in the second quarter, the Falcons answered a minute later with Oxendine’s 80-yard TD pass to Cameron Bostian.

Spring Football Schedule

May 10: Nease 7, Atlantic Coast 0

Wednesday: St. Augustine 28, Bishop Kenny 21

Thursday: Menendez 44, Fleming Island 14; FSDB at Gainesville St. Francis, late

Friday: Gainesville Buchholz at Ponte Vedra, 7 p.m.; Stanton at Creekside, 7 p.m.; Bartram Trail at Columbia, 7:30 p.m.