Halifax scores twice in 15 seconds to shut out FSDB 12-0

Toure Mack put Daytona Beach Halifax Academy on the scoreboard with a second-quarter touchdown run. Fifteen seconds later, the senior was in the end zone again.

 

Mack’s two touchdowns would account for all the scoring in the Knights’ 12-0 victory over the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind on Tuesday at Usina Athletic Field.

Mack scored on a 13-yard run with 7:40 left in the second quarter after Halifax recovered the ball at the Dragons’ 24, after FSDB’s snap went over the punter’s head. Mack then picked up a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and ran about 25 yards for another score.

“The ball bounced up,” Mack said. “I just looked down and it was in my hand.”

The Knights improved to 1-1, while FSDB (0-2) was shut out for the second straight game.

“It’s all about the mental game,” FSDB coach Christian DeNight said. “We made significant improvement from our first game (a 52-0 loss to Gainesville Oak Hall), but we still need to reduce stupid errors, fumbles and punts going over our heads. But I thought our defense did a great job.”

Dragons defensive tackle Liam Von Mahr had 16 tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and an interception at the line of scrimmage.

“I cannot express how excellent a football player Liam is,” DeNight said. “The heart and soul of our defense is always Liam.”

For the second straight game, Von Mahr played with a painful calf injury. When he wasn’t in the game, the trainer had the senior on a table, massaging his calf.

“I’m trying to tolerate it. When we have a game, I have to ignore it,” Von Mahr said. “In the last game, I got tackled hard and it really hurt. It’s important for me to be stubborn and to maintain.”

He gave the Dragons their best chance to break their scoring drought, recovering an FSDB punt at the Knights’ 24 after a Halifax player touched the ball. But the Dragons lost a fumble on third down at the 22.

Fumbles, penalties, bad snaps, dropped passes and missed blocks plagued both teams in the midweek game that was originally scheduled for last Thursday, but was postponed by severe weather. The Dragons turned the ball over twice, while the Knights had four turnovers and also had two touchdown returns called back because of illegal blocks.

“We just played very undisciplined, and it showed with penalties and missed assignments,” Halifax coach Shamus Dougherty said. “But we got the win. Toure came in, in the second quarter and gave us a spark. But we can’t approach games mentally this way.”

Defensive end Alex Aldridge led the Dragons with 21 tackles and three sacks, but they had minus-18 yards on offense. Their few sustained drives were aided by Knights penalties.

“We’ve got to make a second effort on our blocks,” DeNight said. “But I’m proud of our guys.”

 

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