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September 15, 2012
Dolphins Drown Marlins: Entering Friday night's Beach District tilt between the Ocean Lakes Dolphins and Bayside Marlins, some wondered which team, if either, would separate themselves and show they are a worthy title contender on both a city and regional scale.
Judging from their thorough 45-0 beating of a Bayside team that is only two years removed from a regional crown of their own and has a pair of five-star rated national recruits on its current roster, the visiting Dolphins let it be known they are a squad to be reckoned with from here on out. It marked the first time the Marlins were shutout since 2006 when Landstown blanked them 23-0 in the regular season finale.
"Knowing who we're up against in regards to two of the best players in the state, argumentatively on the East and maybe at their position in the country, you've got to be extremely proud," declared Ocean Lakes Head Football Coach Chris Scott.
"Our defense came out and we knew we had to play as a unit. You can say there was a rush up the middle or on the outside, but the guys played together and that's what allowed us to have that type of performance by playing team defense."
In the first half alone, Ocean Lakes totaled 308 yards of offense. University of Virginia commit Corwin 'Turtle' Cutler was sharp all evening just as he has been the entire season. He completed 9 of 10 passes with 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns through two quarters of play.
The Dolphins ran 19 times for 107 yards in the opening half, including a 12-play, 80-yard drive in a span of 4:54 during the second quarter that featured all rushes by Brandon Simmons, Jordan Bobo or Mike Dunston. Ocean Lakes got numerous contributions across the board, not only their headliners, but even some of the lesser known, unsung guys as well.
"They've really embraced pushing each other," Scott pointed out. "We've definitely been privileged with some of those young guys stepping up and giving us depth."
"I didn't want them to score or let my team down," Brandon said of his tackle. "We didn't want them to get anything, and we accomplished that tonight. They have a great team, but I feel like our hard work is paying off from the summer to now. We definitely feed off each other's energy and get hyped for big moments."
Lakes 45: (4-0)
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