2015 IMG Academy football team at IMG in Bradenton, Fla. (Photo: Casey Brooke Lawson, IMG)
The effects of a loss to American Heritage (Plantation, Fla,) in a Kickoff Classic game last week did not linger for IMG Academy.
No. 22 IMG (Bradenton, Fla.) started the regular season Sunday with a 90-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff by Drake Davis and rolled to a 38-14 victory against Miramar (Fla.) in the final game of the GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff.
Almost as quickly as Davis broke the opening kickoff, IMG’s lead had ballooned to 21-0 within the first three minutes. Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson threw touchdown passes to Kerrick Hahn and Chris Fuller on the next two possessions and Notre Dame commit Tony Jones scored on an 8-yard run before the first quarter was complete.
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Another TD pass, this one from Patterson to Peter Savrides, and a field goal gave IMG a 38-0 halftime lead.
Patterson finished 15-for-23- for 179 yards and three touchdowns, completing passes to seven different receivers
Miramar would scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns against the IMG reserves for its points.
“It’s great to have a little motivation, last week we played a very good football team and it was a slugfest, but it was a very good wake up call for us,” IMG coach Kevin Wright said. “We had a tremendous week of practice, and once we got some momentum going, I felt all three phases of the game went very well.”
IMG next heads to DeSoto (Texas), which entered the week at No. 7 in the Super 25 but lost Saturday to Arlington Martin 49-16. Game time is 3 p.m. ET on Saturday.