It was a dark and stormy night at Lake Brantley one that Phantoms will not soon forget. With a cold rain falling consistently all night, the Phantoms came close to giving up a 22 point lead to the Flagler Knights. Ultimately the Phantoms would get the win, but not without a little bit of a fight and a little reflection.
An early fumble in the first 3minutes of gameplay would lead the Knights to a score and the lead 6-0. One would begin to wonder if this would be the end of the Phantoms’ short winning streak. but those worries would quickly be dispelled as the Phantoms would score the next 28 points. In fact, the score would remain 28-6 through the first three quarters of the game. But then, something changed.
“We decided we would take some of our starters out at the beginning of the 4th quarter to give them some playing time and get a better view of certain players in certain positions,” said Head Coach Michael Torres. “That didn’t work out too great. They made some key mistakes and let the game almost get close.”
This wasn’t the first time the Kinghts would make a late run in the closing minutes of a game. Last week against the Brooksville Ballers, the Knights would score 33 points in the last 18 minutes of the game for the win. Flagler was hoping to pull the same trick out of their hat last night against Orlando.
The Knights would score 14 points in the 4th quarter Saturday to bring the score to 28-20 with the Phantoms leading. However, Orlando wouldn’t let lightning strike twice. The Phantoms would add another late touchdown and finish out the night with a win, final score 35-20.
QB Torrance Brown would have a “so-so” night in the rain, going 12/17 with 182yds, 3TDs and 2INTs. He would add 12 rushes for 36yds to this rainy night.
Next week the Phantoms begin their 4 game roadtrip, travelling to Brunswick, GA to take on the Glynn County Revolution. Orlando returns to Lake Brantley March 19th for a final 3 game homestand.