The School of the Future (5-2) took on KIPP DuBois (3-5) in the Public League 3A championship on Saturday afternoon. After a slow start, the School of the Future used a balanced offense and a smothering defense to roll KIPP DuBois 34-8.
School of the Future had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown called back and it seemed to hurt them mentally. Their power offense failed to move the ball against KIPP DuBois. However, starting the second quarter of play, the KIPP DuBois punter Da'Mier Hicks shanked a punt for -6 yards, giving School of the Future great field positioning at the DuBois 25-yard line.
School of the Future wasted no time on offense as they scored in four plays. Tysheem Anderson took it ten yards in for the first touchdown of the game to give School of the Future a 6-0 lead. KIPP DuBois would respond quickly. On their first play from scrimmage after the Future touchdown, DuBois quarterback Teyvon Evans threw a screen pass to Zhymir Ball, who sped 58 yards for the game tying touchdown. After a successful 2-point conversion attempt, DuBois gained its first and last lead of the game with a score of 8-6.
Just before halftime, KIPP DuBois would try to move the football downfield starting from their end zone. This would go horribly for Teyvon Evans: his floating pass on a fade route was intercepted by Joe Adside and returned 19 yards for a touchdown. It seemed that would take the game into halftime with Future leading 12-8, but the miscues continued for DuBois. After turning the ball over on downs around midfield, DuBois allowed the biggest play of the day. Future quarterback Jimir Seagraves threw a perfect pass to Joe Adside on a corner route. Joe Adside outjumped a defender and broke one tackle before speeding into the end zone to complete the 42-yard touchdown pass. Future would lead 20-8 at the half.
Future continued to have success running halfback dives to Syree Groce, and sweeps to Joe Adside and Tysheem Anderson. After a KIPP DuBois fumble, Future put together a nine play, 62-yard touchdown drive in 4:39. Future continued its heavy run attack, but began to run fullback dives. At first Future had little success on this play, but eventually fullback Quadir Smith broke away for a 10-yard touchdown. Future’s lead would extend to 26-8.
KIPP DuBois would go on to lose another fumble inside their own redzone. This turnover led to Tysheem Anderson’s 14-yard direct snap keeper and a 34-8 School of the Future lead. KIPP DuBois saw most of their drives fail once they crossed midfield and Future’s effective run game was running the clock down fast. It was pure dominance in the second half for the School of the Future enroute to their 34-8 victory.
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