Buccaneers shut out Silver Eagles in key Division II game

Buccaneers shut out Silver Eagles in key Division II game

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Buccaneers shut out Silver Eagles in key Division II game

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Caravel’s Montgomery leaps for TD catch
Buccaneer quarterback Wyatt Nelson and Mandela Montgomery connect for a 14-yard touchdown pass against Hodgson.
Caravel defenders shut down pass
Jawain Granger and Josiah Larkins make sure Hodgson goes to halftime scoreless as they break up a last-second pass to end the second quarter.
Caravel’s Medley steals snap out of air
A fumbled snap bounced the right way for Buccaneer Keith Medley, who snagged it out of the air and held on -despite having one arm tied up- for a fumble recovery against Hodgson.
Hodgson’s Heyward defeats pass attempt
Jalik Heyward of Hodgson reaches up and solidly bats a pass down against Caravel.
Caravel’s Reed gathers a sack
Defensive lineman Jacob Reed of Caravel makes sure Marc Perez-Echevarria doesn’t take off and throws the Hodgson quarterback down for a loss.
Caravel’s Hoeflinger gets Pick-6
Linebacker Brandon Hoeflinger steps in front of a pass and intercepts it before returning it 13 yards to cap the scoring against Hodgson.

BEAR – Caravel’s Brandon Hoeflinger picked a great moment for his first career touchdown.

With the Buccaneers holding a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter against Hodgson, the senior linebacker delivered a touchdown that put the game away. Hoeflinger hauled in an interception and returned it 13 yards into the end zone with less than six minutes left in the game, giving Caravel a three-score lead.

Big plays by the defense combined with just enough offense gave Caravel a 24-0 win.

“I saw the open field and didn’t see anybody around me so I tried my best to make it into the end zone,” Hoeflinger said of his Pick 6. “I saw the quarterback looking my way and was trying to make a good play. I’ve never had that feeling before so it felt good.”

It was a battle between the defenses for most of the night, especially in the first half.

Caravel and Hodgson were headed towards a scoreless tie entering halftime, but two Silver Eagles penalties kept the Buccaneers’ drive alive.

Hodgson quarterback Marc Perez-Echevarria is hit and brought down for a sack by Caravel's Magnus Wamble in the fourth quarter of the Bucs' 24-0 win at Caravel.

Hodgson quarterback Marc Perez-Echevarria is hit and brought down for a sack by Caravel’s Magnus Wamble in the fourth quarter of the Bucs’ 24-0 win at Caravel.

An unnecessary roughness penalty with 33 seconds remaining in the second quarter gave Caravel a first down and moved them to near midfield. Hodgson’s defense held strong until a questionable defensive pass interference call put the ball at the Silver Eagles’ 14-yard line with 18 second left until the half.

The Buccaneers didn’t waste the opportunity.

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Caravel quarterback Wyatt Nelson found Mandela Montgomery on a fade route in the end zone for a 14-yard score with eight seconds left in the second quarter. Nelson put just enough air under the ball for Montgomery, who was able to leap and make the catch over a Hodgson defender to give Caravel the 7-0 lead.

Both defensive lines were disruptive throughout the first half. It contributed to both offenses struggling to get going. Buccaneers senior linebacker Keith Medley recovered two fumbles while senior defensive lineman Jacob Reed tallied two sacks using a swim move both times to get to the quarterback.

“We just feed off each other,” Reed said. “We take a lot of pride in our defense. We keep making strides and work hard in every practice.”

The Buccaneers’ defense continued to be tough to move the ball against in the second half. They forced four turnovers in the game, including a fumble recovery by senior defensive back Nicholas Jones. Caravel’s defense has allowed only 14 points this season.

“We had a good gameplan coming in; we watched a lot of film this week,” Hoeflinger said. “We made adjustments at halftime that put us in a good position to make plays.”

Caravel's Mandela Montgomery (7) looks for a way around Hodgson's Vaughn Wood in the third quarter of the Bucs' 24-0 win at Caravel Friday.

Caravel’s Mandela Montgomery (7) looks for a way around Hodgson’s Vaughn Wood in the third quarter of the Bucs’ 24-0 win at Caravel Friday.

Medley’s first fumble recovery stopped Hodgson’s opening drive at Caravel’s 9-yard line. It was the Silver Eagles’ best scoring opportunity of the game.

Caravel and Hodgson combined for seven punts in the first two quarters.

“I told the kids we’ve got to continue to fight, continue to get better,” Silver Eagles coach Frank Moffett Jr. said. “But it’s frustrating because it’s kind of been our theme all season against good, quality teams that defensively we’ve played pretty tough.”

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