— Kapri Doucet limped off the field with less than two minutes to play Friday night against Warhill after blocking downfield for a teammate.
That was the only time the Bruton High standout would be stopped Friday night, as he rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns during a 42-21 victory over Warhill at Wanner Stadium.
Doucet also hauled in a touchdown pass early in the first quarter as the Panthers snapped a two-game losing streak to earn their first Bay Rivers District win.
Bruton (2-2 overall, 1-2 district) started quickly, taking advantage of a pair of botched snaps on special teams by the Lions (1-3, 1-2).
Elijah Rice scored on a 12-yard touchdown run to give Bruton a 7-0 lead with 9:43 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers' defense held again, and a bad snap gave the Panthers possession at the Warhill 17. Three plays later, Bilal Wallace hit Doucet on a 29-yard touchdown pass on a beautiful fade pattern to take a 14-0 lead with 7:34 left.
Warhill's offense got on track on its third possession. Warhill's Devonte Dedmon capped a nine-play, 67-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown to trim the lead to 14-7.
Bruton went to the air again on its next possession, as Wallace hooked up with Melkwon Dailey on a 35-yard touchdown pass to give the Panthers a 21-7 edge with 9:03 left in the half.
Dedmon went to work again, rushing for 36 yards on the next possession, including a 7-yard run up the middle to pull the Lions withing 21-14 with 6:28 left.
The Panthers answered with another score set up by a big passing play. Wallace hooked up with Austin Gardner on a 20-yard completion to give Bruton first-and-goal from the Warhill 1. Two plays later, Doucet scored around right end for a 28-14 lead with 2:13 left in the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Reggie Lipscomb had a 63-yard return to put Warhill in scoring position. Three plays later, Clayton Osterloh hit Dedmon on a 14-yard touchdown pass to pull the Lions within a touchdown with 1:01 left.
The second half belonged to Doucet, who scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to put the game out of reach. Doucet scored his second touchdown on the ground with 45.9 seconds left in the quarter, leaping in from 2 yards out for a 35-21 lead.
Doucet, who recently committed to play for James Madison University, then rumbled 58 yards to paydirt with 9:17 left to put the game out of reach.
Defensively, Bruton was dominant in the second half, stopping the Lions on four fourth downs. Kyle Mackem was the catalyst on defense.
Dedmon rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the win to lead Warhil. The senior also set a milestone in the win, eclipsing 3,000 yards for his career.
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BRUTON 42, WARHILL 21
Bruton: 14;14;7;7 – 42
Warhill: 7;14;0;0– 21
Bruton: Elijah Rice 12 run (Peter McReynolds kick) 9:43.
Bruton: Kapri Doucet 29 pass from Bilal Wallace (McReynolds kick) 7:34
Warhill: Devonte Dedmon 1 run (Allen Standford kick) 5:00.
Bruton: Melkwon Dailey 35 pass from Wallace (McReynolds kick) 9:09
Warhill: Dedmon 7 run (Standford kick) 6:28.
Bruton: Doucet 1 run (McReynolds kick) 2:13.
Warhill: Dedmon 14 pass from Clayton Osterloh (Standford kick) 1:01.
Bruton: Doucet 2 run (McReynolds kick) 0:46.
Bruton: Doucet 58 run (McReynolds kick) 9:15.
First downs: 22; 12
Rushes-yards: 45-328; 41-193
Passing yards: 100; 131
Comp-Att-Int: 7-14-0; 7-16-0
Penalties-yards: 11-94; 4-30