Posted: 4:29 pm Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
By Post Staff
Let’s start with Jupiter, which deserves some credit for changing up its offense after the season started. The Wing-T, a Jupiter staple for a quarter century, wasn’t working and the Warriors used its athletes to try something new and it paid off with a win.
“We abandoned an offense that we’d been running for 25 years to maximize the talent of our young kids – our quarterback, our running back, our offensive line,” Jupiter coach Charlie Persson said. “We’ve got some very good young football players. We got in a place where we had to maximize the kids we had and in the last two weeks we’ve scrapped our offense and they just did a great job.”
Jupiter used the I-Formation for the first time against Royal Palm Beach and the result was sophomore Johnie Augustine rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Cameron has given the Warriors the confidence to call more pass plays. He was 10-20 for 130 yards and a touchdown. Last week in a loss to Vero Beach, the Warriors threw 45 times. Persson added that Augustine also runs when pass plays are called.
“Everyone’s used to the Jupiter Wing-T,” senior wide receiver Ernie George said. “But we’re throwing more. We threw a lot against Vero and we liked it so we’ll probably go from here and keep passing.”
It was on the pass that Jupiter won the game. The Warriors called the same pass play four times in a row and George, the recipient of all four, almost seemed baffled that it worked that many times consecutively. Two got them down the field to the Royal Palm Beach 9-yard line, one got them in the end zone and the fourth got them the two-point conversion.
Which brings us to Royal Palm Beach…
One stat that didn’t make the game story was the difference in penalty yards. Jupiter was called for two penalties for 10 yards and Royal Palm Beach was tagged for 11 penalties for 73 yards. Six of those penalties were for five yards or less.
Royal Palm Beach got down to the Jupiter 14-yard line after recovering a Warriors fumble on the opening drive. But a holding call bumped them back into a long down situation and then the field goal attempt hit the crossbar.
The Wildcats got stuffed at the goal line four times running the same play up the middle and that was a huge blow, coming out of that with no points.
When Royal Palm Beach took the lead in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Wildcats were going to hang on despite the mishaps, but then Jupiter took very little time – just under three minutes – to get downfield. The Warriors were also able to convert on a third-and-three with a six-yard pass.
When the Wildcats went to answer back, the receivers couldn’t get out of bounds so time kept running and then a lost fumble ended the game.
So while Royal Palm Beach has a lot of talent, there were a lot of little things Friday night that cost them the game.