AVON PARK – For the second straight season, Bishop Verot faced Avon Park with the top spot in District 4A-6 on the line. And for the second time, the Vikings could not beat the Red Devils as Avon Park prevailed 56-7.
Avon Park improved to 6-0, 3-0 in the district, while Verot fell to 3-3, 2-1.
Vikings receiver Devon Thompkins, quarterback Korey Besse and three or four other Vikings were playing through a serious flu. Cornerback Tequon Chatman was coughing with vigor. Thompkins also overextended his left knee and played with a limp in the second half.
Besse connected with Thompkins on a 35-yard touchdown pass at the start of the second quarter to pull within 26-7, but the Red Devils had four touchdowns through the air in the first half.
“They are fast,” Thompkins said. “They are a good team, I will give that to them.”
Blake Williams and Bryce Glasgow caught balls in the second half for the Vikings. Fletcher Reynolds had an interception, Carson Smith and Joseph Mera recovered fumbles and Kevin Messery knocked a ball loose, all in the second half.
AVON PARK 56, BISHOP VEROT 7
BV 0 I 7 I 0 I 0 — 7
AP 26 I 8 I 14 I 8 — 56
AP — Moise Satine 70 pass from Adarius Council (Montrae Braswell run), 11:00
AP — Ahmaad Smith 21 pass from Council (conversion failed), 4:00
AP — Smith 42 pass from Council (conversion failed), 2:00
AP — Satine 40 pass from Council (conversion failed), 0:42
BV — Devon Thompkins 35 pass from Korey Besse (McLeod kick), 11:00
AP — Braswell 40 run (Satine run), 8:00
AP — Satine 25 run (conversion failed), 8:00
AP — Braswell 35 run (Buckner from Council), 7:00
AP — Satine 90 run (Collins from Council), 11:00