Dolphins Overcome Injuries, Emotions to Dismantle Milton
The Dolphins' first 2-6A district game turned out to be one that was filled with emotional ups and downs, intensity and dominant performances by the running game and the defense. In a game that was the first step in Gulf Breeze's bid to compete for a district championship, they would have to get passed the Milton Panthers. Milton came into Friday's game riding high from a homecoming victory over the Tate Aggies that was decided by the Panther defense thwarting what would have been the game-winning 2-point conversion in the game's final drive. Milton's defense carried that momentum into Dolphin Stadium looking to play spoiler. It would not happen. With a ground game, led by senior standout Tyler Dittmer's 266 yards rushing, that looked impossible to stop Gulf Breeze's offense overcame a major setback in the first half. Senior quarterback Dylon Kelly left the game in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury and senior Cooper Harris finished the game under center. Cooper completed key some passes, including a big gain to Spencer Segal to keep a drive alive on third down. He would also throw two interceptions that would turn out to not impact the outcome due to the stifling Dolphin defensive performance.
For the second consecutive game, the Gulf Breeze defense would turn up the pressure in the second half and take over the game. Against Milton's spread passing attack, the secondary managed four interceptions, two from senior CB (Troy commit) Christian Murphy. Murphy returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns but the first was called back because of a block in the back on the return. The second pick-six would stand, an electrifying 80 touchdown return that showcased Murphy's speed and explosiveness. Junior safety Trey Alexander also had an interception (his fourth overall) in the first half off of a deflected pass by Reese Parker. Senior London Parries added another interception, his third of the season. Next Friday the Dolphins will travel to Fort Walton Beach High School in a non-district road matchup with the Vikings. Gulf Breeze looks to take another step closer to securing a play-off spot by improving to 6-1 while Fort Walton Beach has struggled in 2018, is 1-5 and coming off of a 42-0 district loss at Niceville. Gametime Friday is 7:00.
Quarterback Cooper Harris runs into the endzone for a touchdown in the second half (photo by Joe Allmon)
CB Christian Murphy returns to the sideline following one of his two interceptions (photo by Joe Allmon)