Brandon Akkawi rushed for 210 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns to lead the Fontainebleau Bulldogs to a 36-26 victory over the Northshore Panthers in a District 6-5A game at Northshore.
The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1) led 22-19 with 8:41 left in the game. Northshore attempted a tying 41-yard field goal, but the attempt was blocked by Kyle Babin, his second blocked field goal of the game.
Fontainebleau took the ensuing possession and drove 57 yards in 12 plays, with Akkawi scoring on an 8-yard run. Sean Spiess added the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 29-19 lead with 4:17 left. After the Panthers failed to convert a fourth down, Akkawi put the game away with a 26-yard touchdown scamper with 3:47 to go.
Mason Blocker rushed for 112 yards on 17 carries for the Bulldogs.
“We told our guys after last week we needed to concentrate on being physical,” Bulldogs coach Chris Blocker said. “Both those guys stepped up to the plate and were physical. We focused on that, and it paid off.”
Northshore (1-4, 0-2) scored a late touchdown but was unable to secure the ensuing onside kick.
“The two blocked field goals hurt us,” Northshore coach Mike Bourg said. “We just didn’t do enough to win tonight. We missed opportunities, and we are just not good enough to overcome that.”
Fontainebleau won despite committing four turnovers and 14 penalties for 127 yards.
The game got off to a bang when Northshore’s D.J. Myers returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked but the Panthers grabbed an early 6-0 lead just 12 seconds into the game.
The Bulldogs had to punt on their opening possession, but Tahj Clements muffed the punt, and Alexander Brossette recovered to give Fontainebleau the ball back at the Panthers’ 30-yard line. Two plays later Akkawi scored from 10 yards out. Spiess kicked the first of his 4 extra points to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead with 9:18 left in the first quarter.
Following a short Panthers punt, the Bulldogs drove 38 yards in eight plays. Blocker capped off the drive with a 6-yard touchdown scamper. Spiess’ extra point gave Fontainebleau a 14-6 lead with 4:15 left in the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the Panthers. Northshore was held to minus 3 yards in the first quarter, but outscored the Bulldogs 13-0 in the second quarter.
Clements got the first score when he caught a 17-yard scoring toss to cut the deficit to 14-12. The two-point attempt failed. Darian Smith gave the Panthers the lead with a 16-yard touchdown scamper. Christian Garcia’s extra point gave made it 19-14 with 1:34 to go in the first half. The drive was set up when Jacob Shamah recovered his second fumble of the game from Blocker.
The Bulldogs drove inside the 20 yard line, but Blocker’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Hedgeman Carter with just seconds to go in the first half.
Northshore was held to 117 yards rushing and 114 yards passing.