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Winter Park, Fla --
OCP Football clinched their first FHSAA District Championship with a 62-0 victory over Trinity Preparatory School. The Warriors clinched the first district championship in the reorganized FHSAA classifications for Class 1M (Metro), Region 1, District 2. The 8-team regionals begin with quarterfinal action on November 11, 2022.
The Warriors jumped out to a 28-point first quarter and 21-point second quarter against the Saints. OCP scored on nine of the 20 offensive plays they ran in the ballgame to a sum total of 430 offensive yards.
Senior Jeremy Miller rushed for two touchdowns (5, 4 yards), and senior Brian Thomas rushed for a team-high 82 yards on 3 carries with 1 TD (43 yards). Senior Jayden Alberty scored on a carry from 47 yards, junior Demarion Jenkins scored on a rush from 48 yards, and sophomore Elijah Hickson scored from 51 yards.
OCP's senior quarterbacks were 10-12 for 197 yards with 3 passing touchdowns. Makai Elder and Vilay Nakkoun both completed five passes on six attempts. Elder threw 2 TDs on 96 yards passing and Nakkoun passed for a TD on 101 yards.
Defensively, the Warriors limited Trinity Prep to 49 yards of offense on 40 plays. Freshman Kai Jones had a game-high five tackles (4 solo) and 1 TFL. OCP recovered one fumble and intercepted one pass.
In the four district contests, OCP was dominant on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Warriors scored 200 points (50.0 points per game) and allowed 21 points in just two of the games. The other two games were shutouts. In the first half of those games, OCP outscored their opponents 162-14 in the first half.
From a yardage perspective, OCP averaged 378 yards of total offense to 91.25 yard average of total offense by opponents.
The Warriors next opponent will be Northside Christian Mustangs from St. Petersburg, Fl. The Mustangs will enter the contest unbeaten (8-0) having won their district championship. Northside Christian is in the FHSAA Class 1M, Region 2.
Orlando, Fla --
The 2nd seeded Orlando Christian Prep varsity girls volleyball defeated top-seeded Faith Christian Academy 3-1 (25-20, 26-24, 19-25, 25-22) for the Class 2A District 7 championship.
The Lady Warriors jumped out to a two set lead after winning a dramatic second set. After losing the third set, OCP (12-9) did what they were unable to do just 8 days earlier, finish off the Lady Lions in the 4th set on a closing serve by junior Kalyn McIntyre that was never returned back to OCP.
OCP was led by team captain, senior, Aalyssa Gunn with 13 completed kills. Setter, senior, Lydia Mascari with 32 assists and sophomore, and outside hitter Madison Hull who was selected the player of the match with 6 completed kills, 10 digs and 11 points on serve.
It was OCP's first District Championship in the history of the OCP volleyball program. The Lady Warriors were seeded 8th in the Class 2A Region 2, which sets up a match against the top-seeded Orangewood Christian School Rams in the Regional Quarterfinals, Tuesday October 25, 7pm.
Congratulations to Coach Soto, Coach McIntyre, Coach Jacobson, Aalyssa, Lydia, Carlee, Marieva, Ariana, Alana, Kalyn, Alana, Madison, Naiomy and Trinity for accomplishing something that had never been done before. These ladies will be forever remembered as HISTORY MAKERS!
OCP's Varsity Volleyball team is hitting their groove at the right time of the season. The Lady Warriors won 2 of 3 games in 3 consecutive days following postponements due to Hurricane Ian, and have started the final week of the regular season with 2 wins against district opponents.
OCP (10-8) concludes the week and regular season against their third district foe of the week against rival Faith Christian Academy for Senior Night on Thursday October 13.
Faith Christian and OCP have matched up twice previously this season, splitting the matches 1-1. The first meeting back in early September was controlled by the Lions in their gym 3-0. The second meeting took place in pool play of the Lake Mary Prep invitational. In that match, the Warriors won 2-0 as the match was the second consecutive match for OCP following an exciting 2-1 victory over Merritt Island Christian.
Both teams sit in the top 2 spots in the FHSAA 2A Region 2 District 7 rankings published by FHSAA.com. The top seeds host district games in the 6-team field, including the championship game. An OCP win may go a long way towards giving the Lady Warriors the top seed and home court advantage in districts.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Warriors defeated City of Life Christian Academy for the annual Dig Pink Match 3-1 (29-27, 25-9, 23-25, 25-13). Senior Lydia Mascari led the team with 5 serving aces and 36 assists. Senior Aalyssa Gunn had a team-high 16 kills, along with 18 digs. Junior Kalyn McIntyre had a team-high 39 digs. Sophomore Lilly Lach served a team-high 17 consecutive points, which included 3 aces, in the second set.
The following night, OCP defeated Central Florida Leadership Academy (CFLA) 3-0 (25-5, 25-12, 25-12). Senior Carlee Cruz had a team-high 8 serving aces and Mascari had a team-high 7 kills.
OCP's Class of 2023 seniors, known as the "Fab 5," are a mix of players that have grown up in the volleyball program and newer contributors.
Ariana Cintron, defensive specialist, is in her first year at OCP after playing varsity volleyball since her sophomore year at her previous school. Marieva de Paulo Junco, middle, is in her second year at OCP and on the varsity volleyball team. Despite missing significant time last year due to injury, de Paulo Junco has been a steady presence at the net this season.
The trio Cruz (middle), Mascari (setter) and Gunn (outside hitter) have been 4-year varsity players under Head Coach Omar Soto.
Cruz, who also plays softball for OCP along with travel softball, has grown into a confident server and attacker from the middle this season.
Mascari has played in the OCP program for the past 9 years. As the primary setter she has become one the best in Class 2A this season. She averages 8.2 assists/game, which is tied for 5th best in the state.
Gunn serves as captain and outside hitter with a 3.2 kills/set average, which ranks Top 20 (t.17) in Class 2A. She has been a two-time All-District player and was the team's 2021 Offensive Player of the Year. A rare 3-sport athlete, Gunn was named the OCP Female Athlete of the Year for the 2021-22 school year as she played basketball and ran track after the volleyball season.
The "Fab 5" have done a great job of leading this team through a challenging season where much of it has been played without the full opening season roster. Now, they sit in position to accomplish a team goal of advancing to the district championship game, winning district and advancing to the state tournament.