PSJ falls to Arnold

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM.

Saunders generated his team’s first touchdown with a remarkable play midway through the first quarter. Under pressure, Saunders rolled out to his left but could not locate an open receiver. He reversed field and kept his eyes downfield until Ray Peed got open behind the PSJ defense, and Saunders delivered a 49-yard throw for a 7-0 lead with 7:49 left in the opening quarter.

PSJ’s defense could not corral Saunders in the second quarter as Arnold added to its lead. Saunders hit Torri Cotton on a route out of the backfield with a 15-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 advantage, and Saunders’ 15-yard sprint up the middle provided the Marlins with a 21-0 lead with 3:50 remaining in the half.

Arnold placekicker Austin Peffers closed the half with a 29-yard field goal for a 24-point margin.

Saunders said earning the victory was important to give Arnold's players something to build upon headed into the offseason.

“That’s exactly what our coaches said in the locker room,” said Saunders, who added 88 rushing yards on 13 carries before exiting the game early in the fourth quarter. “This is the foundation for next season.”

Wearing camouflage-printed uniforms with “Blue Army” written across the back and American flags displayed on each shoulder, Arnold coupled its big-play ability with a stout defensive effort to turn back PSJ.

Arnold defensive lineman Dominique Batiste ended the Tiger Sharks’ first possession on the first play when he timed the snap perfectly, disrupted the play in the backfield and forced a fumble, which the Marlins recovered.

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