Behind a stout defense and an opportunistic offense, the Ocoee Knights got their second straight dominant win of the season, beating the Olympia Titans 34-0.
Through two games the Knights’ defense has given up just six points. Ocoee (2-0) forced two fumbles and had multiple turnovers on downs against the Titans (0-2).
“They practice hard,“ said Ocoee head coach Aaron Sheppard. “We may not be the most talented, we may not be the fastest… what we do is we practice really hard — they put in a lot of time and effort, they learn the schemes, (and) they really do play lights out. They play with their hearts.”
On offense, Charles Pierre had three-rushing touchdowns and Nick Wright connected twice with Dexter Rentz for two touchdowns through the air. Despite scoring 34 points, there were three other occasions where the Knights were deep in Olympia territory but were unable to turn those opportunities into points.
“We gotta fix some stuff,“ Sheppard said. “ We were in the red zone twice (and didn’t score). Shot plays, three or four times open guys we missed. We got some stuff we gotta fix ourselves — the scoreboard will fool you.”
On special teams, Ocoee had a blocked punt and a return from Lovie Jenkins that went for a touchdown, but was negated by a block in the back. The return still set up Ocoee deep in Titan territory and helped lead to a touchdown on that drive.
“We play for each other,” Jenkins said. “We play as brothers. We’re just working on each other coming together, doing what we have to do to win.”
Olympia will look to get their first win of the season next Friday when they go on the road to take on the Wekiva Mustangs (2-0). Ocoee will host the Lake Nona Lions (2-0), in a battle of unbeatens. Whether or not any of the games will take place next Friday is unknown with hurricane Dorian expected to hit Florida in the upcoming days.