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High school football: Michael Pratt shines as Deerfield Beach trounces Palm Beach Central

The Palm Beach Post logo The Palm Beach Post 11/16/2019 By Dave Brousseau Special to The Post, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.
a group of young men playing a game of football: Palm Beach Central quarterback Anarjahe Douriet looks to throw on the run against Deerfield Beach on Friday in Wellington. [Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com] © Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com/The Palm Beach Post, Fla./TNS Palm Beach Central quarterback Anarjahe Douriet looks to throw on the run against Deerfield Beach on Friday in Wellington. [Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com]

WELLINGTON — Senior Michael Pratt, the former Boca Raton High quarterback, passed for 158 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Deerfield Beach to a 44-6 victory over Palm Beach Central in a Class 8A regional semifinal at Bronco Stadium on Friday.

a group of people playing football on a field: Palm Beach Central quarterback Anarjahe Douriet runs the first touchdown of the game. Palm Beach Central lost 44-6 in the 8A Region 3 semifinal on Friday in Wellington. [Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com] © Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com/The Palm Beach Post, Fla./TNS Palm Beach Central quarterback Anarjahe Douriet runs the first touchdown of the game. Palm Beach Central lost 44-6 in the 8A Region 3 semifinal on Friday in Wellington. [Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com]

Pratt transferred from Boca Raton to Deerfield Beach before this season.

The Bucks (9-3) advance to play at Vero Beach in a regional game next Friday. The Broncos finished 9-3 in coach Scottie Littles' first season.

"Game was decided in the trenches," said Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn. "We knew we had to keep (Central wide receiver) Bryan Robinson in control. We also were able to impose our will on them."

a group of football players on a field: Palm Beach Central linebacker Jordan Kolnick jumps up to block a pass from Deerfield Beach quarterback Michael Pratt. during a 8A Region 3 semifinal Friday in Wellington. [Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com] © Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com/The Palm Beach Post, Fla./TNS Palm Beach Central linebacker Jordan Kolnick jumps up to block a pass from Deerfield Beach quarterback Michael Pratt. during a 8A Region 3 semifinal Friday in Wellington. [Joseph Barak/palmbeachpost.com]

Robinson scored five touchdowns in the Broncos' regional quarterfinal win last week.

In the Bucks' nine victories this season, they have outscored their opponents 436-39. They also improved to 12-5 all-time in playoff games against Palm Beach teams dating back to 1977.

Deerfield put the game out of reach on its first two possessions of the second half.

Backup sophomore running back Jaziun Patterson scored on runs of 5 and 11 yards for a 42-6 lead, which led to a running clock.

"We took what they gave us," Glenn said. "For us that changes quarter by quarter."

Patterson entered the game late in the second quarter after senior running back Jaylan Knighton had some quad tightness. Knighton had 77 yards on eight carries.

The Bucks defensive front was solid all night in pursuit of Broncos quarterback Anarjahe Douriet. He would be sacked five times and was held to minus-3 yards on 15 carries.

The Bucks added a safety to complete the scoring.

The Bucks fell behind early 6-0, before reeling off 28 consecutive points in the first half.

The Broncos took the lead after recovering a Pratt fumble at their own 24-yard line. Douriet scored on an 8-yard touchdown run with 7:07 left in the first quarter.

Immediately after the Broncos score, sophomore Joseph Kennedy returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for the touchdown.

After a Central punt, the Bucks needed four plays to drive 68-yards for another score. Knighton's 51-yard run to the Broncos 11, Pratt scored on a 11-yard option play for a 14-6 lead.

Pratt added a 36-yard scoring pass to Miami Hurricanes commit Xavier Restrepo and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Maryland commit Deajuan McDougle for the 28-6 halftime lead.

Senior running back Malik Johnson led Palm Beach Central with 75 yards on 16 carries.

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