White team beats Gray to win Turkey Bowl
Published: November 22, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - A muddy field did little to slow Antilles School freshman Tazmin Magras, who ran 50 yards for the game-winning touchdown in Wednesday's junior varsity All-Star Turkey Bowl game.
The bespectacled speedster waited patiently before spotting a gap at midfield and blowing by the Gray Team's defense and through the rain-soaked infield at Lionel Roberts Stadium.
The White team won, 12-6, in a game that challenged the flag football players to keep their footing following a steady, half hour downpour.
"I saw a little opening and I tried to take advantage of that and it actually helped," Magras said. "It was on the mud and it was very slippery and wet, so I tried to slow down as much as possible and cut in."
The White Team - composed of students from Antilles, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School and St. John's Julius E. Sprauve School - scored on the game's first possession to take a 6-0 lead.
Sprauve seventh-grader Bryan Christopher took a snap and kept the ball for a short touchdown run. Christopher's two-point conversion pass was incomplete.
The Gray Team - composed of students from Charlotte Amalie High School, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and St. John's Gifft Hill School - threatened to tie the game before halftime, but came away empty.
On consecutive plays, the Gray Team attempted 40-yard halfback passes into the end zone. Gifft Hill seventh-grader Sam Wessinger pitched the ball to CAHS freshman Jahmoi Percival on both plays. Percival threw a perfect spiral on the first occasion, but slightly overthrew the ball, which landed in a receiver's hands as he crossed the end line. The next pass was thrown into triple coverage, but the ball was dropped by a receiver.
"It's just about having fun," Gray Team coach Kenny Todman said. "I'm trying to get everybody in the game, and it's hard to get everybody equal game when you have 24 players, but I tried to get everybody in the game. Win, lose or draw, you want everybody to feel like they were a part of it."
The Gray team tied the game in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from Cancryn eighth-grader Ahmed Joseph to CAHS freshman Kalandre Williams. The two-point conversion failed, and Magras scored on the next possession.
"It's a tough game when you get guys from three schools coming together and without having any practice," White Team coach Adam Quandt said, "so we just look at the basics, the fundamentals.
"These guys are all-stars, so we used terms like contain, we used terms like seal the block. Use those type of terms and these guys know what's going on. They were able to put together a couple good offensive series, put some points on the board and we got the 'W.' "
St. Thomas wins elementary game
The elementary school flag football players from St. Thomas and St. John played through the rain, and Calvary Christian Academy fifth-grader Dwayne Maduro proved the difference.
Maduro ran in a two-point conversion to lift the St. Thomas team from a 6-6 tie. Calvary classmate Jourdyn Rawlins scored the touchdown on a pass from Maduro.
"I just saw him over the middle," Maduro said. "I know he's fast, so I just threw the ball over the middle and he ran it in."
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