With his teammates struggling on offense, Atlantic senior kick returner Oyeh Lurry-Davis knew he had to step up when the ball came his way.
“If we don’t score on offense, we gotta score some way,” Lurry-Davis said after several big kick returns — including one nearly returned for a touchdown — in Atlantic’s 14-7 win over Park Vista.
Atlantic will play Davie-Western next week in the Class 8A regional finals.
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Both Atlantic and Park Vista traded punts for most of the first quarter before Lurry-Davis — who had several big returns against Plantation last week — took the ball back to the Cobra’s 1. Quarterback Antoine Williams II rebounding from an interception on the previous drive, dove into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
“I lost my grip, I lost my balance,” Lurry-Davis said of the kick return that saw him trip inches shy of the goal line. “I tried to speed up, lost my balance, and I ended up falling.”
Atlantic doubled their lead midway through the second quarter, scoring again when running back Shelly Singletary took a handoff 14 yards into the end zone.
While Park Vista would hold the ball for the third quarter’s first five minutes, the Cobras were forced to punt in Atlantic territory.
Park Vista would finally score later in the quarter, taking advantage of several Eagles penalties and hitting paydirt on a Tyler Thomas touchdown pass to Atorian Perry.
Park Vista drove to Atlantic’s red zone in the final minutes, but turned the ball over with less than a minute left on a poor snap.
“It was an exciting game for us,” Atlantic coach T.J. Jackson said. “Just playing great football, great defense … I think overall, the kids did a great job.”