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Firecats Wrap Up Regular Season with a Big Win
Written by Michael Gluski   
Monday, 28 July 2008

Florida Firecats—87  Daytona Beach—27

The mission for the Florida Firecats entering the final game of the regular season was clear:  build some positive momentum on both sides of the ball  before the playoffs begin next week.

Mission Accomplished.  In a big way.

Chris Wallace threw five touchdown passes and Brandon Isaiah ran for four more as the Firecats rolled through the Daytona Beach ThunderBirds 87-27 on what turned out to be a historical night Saturday night before 4,048 fans at Germain Arena.

The Firecats got on the board early and never looked back, scoring 26 unanswered points in the first quarter thanks to a strong effort from the ‘Cats defense which forced three turnovers.  Chris McKinney, Ethenic Sands and Magic Benton all caught touchdowns after Isaiah got things started with a five yard touchdown run.

The touchdown pass to Benton was the 482nd touchdown pass of Chris Wallace’s career, giving him the most touchdown passes in af2 history.  It also moved Benton back atop the league’s all-time scoring list.

After Daytona Beach scored its first touchdown, the Firecats scored two more times as Benton caught his second touchdown and Isaiah got his second rushing touchdown.   The teams would exchange touchdowns before halftime and Florida went to the locker room with a 53-13 lead.

The second half started in spectacular fashion for the Firecats as Sands took a lateral from Wallace and became a quarterback, finding tight end Greg Walls standing by himself in the endzone for a 13 yard touchdown hook-up.

From there, it was all about making history for the Firecats.  Magic Benton caught his third touchdown of the night with 8:13 remaining in the game, giving Benton the most touchdowns in af2 history.  Benton is also the career leader in receiving touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards.

The Firecats would tack on a couple of more touchdowns, the final one coming on the strength  of a 8 yard run by Isaiah.  Isaiah’s four rushing touchdowns on the night tied a team record.

The victory was Firecats head coach Kevin Bouis’s 50th in the af2, making him the 8th coach in league history to reach that milestone.  The Firecats celebrated the accomplishment by giving Bouis the traditional Gatorade bath.

The Firecats finish the regular season 10-6, the sixth straight year the team as won at least 10 games.  The ‘Cats will start the playoffs on the road next week against either South Georgia or Tennessee Valley.

PASSING: DBT- 24-38-3, 211 yards, 3 TDs; FLA- Chris Wallace: 14-22-0, 183 yards, 5 TDs

RECEIVING: DBT- Patrick Rouzard: 9 rec., 98 yards, 1 TD; Jeremy Grier- 8 rec., 61 yards, 2 TDs; FLA- Magic Benton: 6 rec, 63 yards, 3 TDs; Ethenic Sands: 3 rec., 60 yards, 1 TD

                                     1st                    2nd                3rd                   4th                 F

Daytona Beach       0                      13                  0                     14                27

Florida                      26                    27                 14                    20                87

Schutt Offensive Player of the Game: Chris Wallace, Florida

ADT Defensive Player of the Game: Carlos Campbell, Florida

JLS Ironman of the Game: Antonio Dingle, Florida

Cutters Catch of the Game:  Ethenic Sands, Florida (30 yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter)

Attendance: 4,048

 
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