Florida High surges past Rutherford with quick strikes

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Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Rutherford’s new Wing-T attack looked Friday night like it could evolve into a force this coming football season.

Judging by how the Rams tackled in space in their 33-11 kickoff classic loss to Florida High at Tommy Oliver Stadium, it had better be potent.

The Seminoles, a Class 4A region semifinalist in 2013, scored all five of their touchdowns from 35 yards or more, and only on one occasion was a Ram defender able to make contact in the open field.

(Photos from the game)

As a result, senior quarterback Ronnie Harrison, an Alabama commitment, accounted for five touchdowns. Three of them came on short passes that turned into TD dashes of 63, 80 and 74 yards.

Harrison, who also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score and bolted 35 yards up the middle on a scramble, accounted for nearly 300 yards of total offense while rushing the ball just three times and completing 6 of 11 passes.

Still, Class 5A Rutherford, returning only a handful of starters from a 2-8 squad, was within 13-11 at halftime. That largely was the result of a time-consuming running game and the Rams having twice the number of plays from scrimmage than the Seminoles.

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