- ORLANDO, FL -
BY ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ, The Miami Herald -
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Apopka drove down and scored the winning
touchdown with 1:29 left when Chandler Cox scored from 2
Cypress Bay nearly came back in spite of it on the
ensuing drive. The Lightning reached the Apopka
13-yard line when another play stirred up controversy.
Cypress Bay quarterback Jaranta Lewis rolled to his
right and flung the ball into the end zone. Although
there was contact between Lightning running back Matt
Dayes and Apopka defender J.J. Simmons, no call was made
and Simmons deflected the ball enough to allow Rakeem
Smith to intercept the pass and seal the outcome.
27 penalties for 234
yards. They called 14 for 123 yards on Apopka and 13 for
111 yard yards on Cypress Bay.
Alex Montgomery was a star among stars, scoring
three spectacular touchdowns in the Lightning's
controversial 53-50 loss to Apopka. (Joshua C. Cruey, Orlando Sentinel)
"I donít have any explanations," Guandolo said. "Itís
disappointing. The official said they were both going
for the ball. They came up with a heck of an
The officiating crew of George Malacos, Paul Chaplin
Jr., Pat Brandhuber, Edgar Prado, James Price, Pedro
Rodriguez and Dan Beaudry from Hernando County in
Brooksville near Tampa called a combined
"I have no words," Montgomery said. "We had the game
sealed with the interception. They took it away.
They called the B.S. call. It is what it is.
When I saw the flag on the big screen [behind the end
zone] down there, I said, I hope itís not on us. But
like always, it was."
Montgomery caught nine passes for 199 yards ó breaking
the state finals record in that category ó and caught
three touchdown passes. He also made another one-handed
touchdown catch on a 31-yard connection early in the