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The Key West Citizen

Everglades QB puts on display versus Dolphins

By By J.W. COOKE Keys Citizen,


The athletic prowess and potential of Ransom Everglades eighth-grade quarterback Niemann Lawrence was on full display Friday, Sept. 22, when the Marathon High football team made the trip to the Raiders campus, as the signal caller who has a verbal commitment to the University of Miami lit up the Dolphins for five touchdown passes during a 42-0 victory in Miami.

The Raiders took the lead on a long first-drive touchdown capped by a Lawrence pass, then with three minutes remaining in the first quarter, Ransom picked off a Marathon pass and turned it into a touchdown pass on the very next play from scrimmage. After a Dolphins punt from their own goal line, the Raiders struck on another Lawrence 16-yard touchdown pass.

Following Marathon’s best drive of the game, which still resulted in a punt, Ransom came right back and scored on the final play of the first half for a 28-0 advantage at halftime.

The Dolphins’ opening drive of the second half resulted in another Raiders passing touchdown, the fifth of the game for Lawrence, to institute the running clock. A fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave Ransom back the ball, but the next scoring drive would be delayed as midway through the third quarter, with 6:34 left on the clock, a lightning delay pulled the teams off the field.

The Raiders added a score in the fourth on a rush from its senior backup quarterback Bryce Saddler, but it would seem as if Marathon was going to get on the board with a 97-yard kickoff return by Shamar Wright, yet that too was called back for holding and the Dolphins would end up turning over the ball on downs trying to find the end zone.

After watching Lawrence put on a show, Marathon (1-4 overall) will take the lessons to a much more competitive opponent in Florida Christian on Friday, Sept. 29, on the Middle Keys campus.

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