SEBASTIAN The Sebastian River Sharks showed the dominating running attack and swarming defense they have had all year again Friday night against Heritage.
The result was also the same.
The Sharks remained unbeaten and moved one step closer to a district title, getting four rushing touchdowns and limiting Heritage to 110 yards of total offense in a 28-7 win at Sharks Stadium.
Alvin Barriner recorded a pair of touchdowns for the Sharks (6-0, 3-0 in District 14-6A), while Durrell Simmons and Anthony Parks added scores.
Danuel Oscar led Sebastian River’s ground game with 156 yards on 18 carries.
“I thought our kids came out and played hard. We got a little sloppy, but we had done enough moving the ball and the chains to survive it,” said Sharks coach Kevin Pettis, whose squad gave up its lone touchdown on a 55-yard fake punt run by Nicholas Barber.
“I hate that we gave up the fake punt for a touchdown. It just kills me. It was a great play right when they were supposed to call it. We had the (punt) block on, and it was a great call.”
Heritage (3-3, 1-2) also dropped a halfback pass that may have scored a touchdown as well in the first quarter while trailing 14-7, but Sebastian River was rarely threatened and commanded the line of scrimmage throughout.
Barriner scored on a pair of quick reverses. Simmons scored from six yards out for the third score and a 21-7 halftime lead.
Parks’ touchdown came on fourth-and-6 at the Panthers 21. He broke off the right side and bulled his way into the end zone with 3:21 to play.
Heritage coach Mark Ainsley complimented Sebastian River on their physical prowess. His Panthers will now have to win their remaining games and hope the season ends with a host of two-loss teams competing in a tiebreaker format.
“What you’re seeing (in Sebastian River) is a team that took some lumps four years ago and stuck together. Now they’re coming together. When you get 17 kids together like they are, you get this (result),” Ainsley said.
“We’re a young team starting some freshmen and sophomores, but Sebastian River is just physically stronger and faster.”
SEBASTIAN RIVER 28, HERITAGE 7
Heritage 7 0 0 0 – 7
Sebastian River 7 14 0 7 – 28
HOW THEY SCORED
SR: Alvin Barriner 6 run (Andres Magana kick), 6:40
H: Nicholas Barber 55 run (Matt Adams kick), 4:43
SR: Alvin Barriner 12 run (Anthony Merinos kick), 7:07
SR: Durrell Simmons 8 run (Andres Magana kick), 4:18
SR: Anthony Parks 21 run (Anthony Merinos kick, 3:21
At Sebastian River High School, Sebastian
Top performers: Heritage: Nicholas Barber had a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the Panthers’ only score; Sebastian River: Alvin Barriner ran for the Sharks’ first two touchdowns, a 6-yarder in the first quarter and a 12-yarder in the second quarter.
Key play: With Sebastian River leading 14-7, Durrell Simmons scored from 8 yards out to give the Sharks a 21-7 advantage at the half.
Record: Heritage (3-3, 1-2 14-6A); Sebastian River (6-0, 3-0 14-6A).
Next week: Jensen Beach at Heritage, 7 p.m.; Bayside at Sebastian River, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.; Port St. Lucie at Sebastian River, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Full game report: http://on.flatoday.com/2dQU8Gw