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Key West tops Marathon as football teams show off running games

Marathon quarterback Jackson McDonald hands off to Kyshaun Appolon during Friday night's spring game.
Marathon quarterback Jackson McDonald hands off to Kyshaun Appolon during Friday night's spring game.

Unveiling its new runners in Friday night's spring game at Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium, the Key West High football game claimed a 27-3 victory over Marathon, which showed it had is own running attack.

The Conchs' Jesse Garcia, who will be a sophomore in the fall, scored two touchdowns on runs of 23 and 38 yards, and totaled more than 100 rushing yards.

"He's a whirlwind of passion," Key West coach Johnny Hughes said.

Then there was Jodeal Deralus -- a muscular running back who's also on the Conch wrestling team -- who ripped off a 56-yard TD run, He also made 12 tackles as a linebacker.

Also impressive was 230-pound fullback A.B. Wynn, who had a 14-yard run.

Starting quarterback Michael Cleaver completed three passes to Alvin Howard, one that covered more than 60 yards for a touchdown. Cleaver's backup, Carson Hughes, had a 50-yard run called back because of a penalty.

On defense, Payton Hummel, who will be a sophomore, had an interception in the corner of the end zone and took the ball out 20 yards.

"Our defense played well," said Hughes, whose team beat Marathon, 50-0, last season.

"They played hard and were stronger than we thought," Hughes said of the Dolphins.

Marathon coach Paul Davis was ecstatic about his team's performance. "It was awesome," he said. "We weren't afraid and we put in a great effort."

The Dolphins were led by running backs Kyshaun Appolon and Landon Bish, who combined for more than 80 yards.

"Kyshaun ran with confidence and Landon, who had 200-yard games last season, ran tough between the tackles," Davis said.

Quarterback Jackson McDonald, who tore an ACL last season, completed four passes.

The Dolphins' only points came on a 45-yard first-half field goal by Sammy Zambrano, the team's most valuable player in 2015. "He can't wait to get to a summer [kicking] camp," Davis said.

Fall practice will begin in August, and the Conchs will have a preseason game Aug. 19 at American Heritage Delray Beach before opening the regular season at home Aug. 26 against Westminster Academy.

The Dolphins also have a preseason game Aug. 19, against an opponent yet to be determined. They will open the regular season Aug. 26 at Coral Shores.

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