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The Key West Citizen

Buccaneers remain unbeaten in home debut

By By J.W. COOKE Keys Citizen,


The hunt is on for the Horace O’Bryant Middle School football team as, following a 44-14 route on Westminster Christian on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Key West High Back Yard, the Buccaneers are top contenders for a fourth Tri-County Conference title in just the program’s eighth year of existence.

Thus far, Horace O’Bryant has scored a conference-best 100 points through the first three wins of the season, are the lone 3-0 team in the conference, and Saturday’s 44-point explosion is more than any team has scored in the conference this season.

Saturday’s outburst against the Warriors started with Bucs quarterback Kade Maltz finding a hole for a 45-yard scamper to pay dirt, which was followed by Kaine Dickerson plowing his way home for the two-point conversion. Dickerson tallied his first touchdown when he hauled in a 16-yard pass from Chace Gaertner, this time with Maltz going in for a two-point conversion, and Sandy Horn went in for a 22-yard touchdown run, but Westminster made things interesting early, trailing just 22-14.

From that point forward, the Buccaneers took control, scoring the final unanswered 22 points of the game, with Dickerson turning a Reed Guyet interception into a 3-yard touchdown run and Horn going in for the 2-point conversion. Matthew Ovideo ended the first half with an interception to shut down the Warriors’ drive.

Horn scored a second-half touchdown and Guyet also grabbed a second interception, all to secure the 30-point victory for Horace O’Bryant and remain one of only three unbeaten teams in the north or south divisions of the Tri-County Conference. Up next in the hunt for a fourth title for HOB is Monroe County rival Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m., before a big matchup with also currently unbeaten Somerset Silver Palms on Thursday, Oct 5, at the KWHS Back Yard at 2 p.m.

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