The IMG Academy Football program ventured northbound on I-75 to Ocala, Fla. to take on the Trinity Catholic Celtics on Friday night. The Ascenders got off to a rocky start when a blocked punt in the first quarter resulted in a safety for the Celtics. However, it was all-IMG Academy after that. The Ascenders converted turnovers into touchdowns, storming back to score 33 points that went unanswered until late in the third quarter. A fourth-quarter rally for Trinity was too little, too late, as the Ascenders won handily to remain undefeated (4-0), 47-23.
Leading the way for the offense was Tuscaloosa, Ala. native Bo Scarbrough, who reached the endzone five times on the night. The bruising running back scored twice on the ground from 24-yards out each, and added a receiving touchdown when he hauled in a screen pass for 22-yards – in the first half alone. Scarbrough went right back to work in the second half, scoring early with a 44-yard run, and adding another six-yard touchdown for good measure in the fourth. The Alabama commit finished with 199 total yards (166 rush, 33 rec) and five total touchdowns (four rush, one rec).
The defense came up big, with cornerbacks Matt Boateng and Jamorien Hill each intercepting Trinity QB Reid Carlton ( 13-27, 196 yds., 2 TD, 2 INT) on the night. Both interceptions set up Ascender touchdowns. The defense ultimately forced five turnovers (2 INT, 3 FUM) and added a score of their own when Toronto, Canada native, LB Andrew Smith, returned a Celtics fumble for the final touchdown.
The Ascenders return to the field on Friday night, Sept. 27, when they defend their home turf against Orlando's The First Academy. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.. For tickets and scheduling information, click HERE.
IMG Academy 47, Trinity Catholic 23
IMG Academy 6 14 13 14- 47
Trinity Catholic 2 0 7 14- 23
T- Safety, punt blocked out of the end zone
I- Bo Scarbrough 24 run (kick blocked)
I- Bo Scarbrough 22 pass from Michael O'Connor (Jackson Dick kick)
I- Bo Scarbrough 24 run (Jackson Dick kick)
I- Bo Scarbrough 44 run (Jackson Dick kick)
I- Casey Gunderson 42 pass from Michael O'Connor (run failed)
T- Rudi Outar 43 pass from Reid Carlton (Tanner Riggs kick)
I- Bo Scarbrough 6 run (Jackson Dick kick)
T- Dominique Brown 48 pass from Reid Carlton (Tanner Riggs kick)
I- Andrew Smith 42 fumble return (Jackson Dick kick)
T- Max Linder 3 pass from Johnny Taylor (Tanner Riggs kick)
First downs 19 14
Rushes-yards 31-210 39-128
Passing yards 186 199
Comp-att-int 9-26-1 14-28-2
Fumbles-lost 3-0 5-3
Punts-avg. 4-33.3 5-26.7
Penalties yards 10-116 8-63
PASSING: IMG: Michael O'Connor 9-26-186-1, 2 TDs; TC: Reid Carlton 13-27-196-2, 2 TDs, Johnny Taylor 1-1-3, 1 TD.
RUSHING: IMG: Bo Scarbrough 18-166, 4 TDs, Jack Wegher 7-43; TC: Johnny Taylor 8-74, Mark Franklin 13-72.
RECEIVING: IMG: Casey Gunderson 3-89, 1 TD, Clark Thomas 3-56, Bo Scarbrough 2-33, 1 TD; TC: Rudi Outar 5-67, 1 TD, Dominique Brown 3-64, 1 TD, Nick Mazzurco 2-27, Richie DeNicola 2-21, Max Linder 2-20, 1 TD.