Coral Shores Hurricanes running backs accounted for seven touchdowns — four from junior running back Chris Cooper — in a 48-14 victory over non-conference opponent Palm Glades Prep Academy Eagles at Barley Stadium on Oct. 16.
A long drive by the Canes in the first quarter culminated with junior fullback Dominick Monteagudo punching it in for the touchdown. The Canes entered the half with a 13-0 lead, following a muffed punt that resulted in a touchdown run by Cooper in the closing seconds.
The game opened up in the second half with a 25-yard touchdown run by senior running back Lucas Dennis and a short touchdown run by junior running back Osvaldo Vega. Cooper opened up the game in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs of 85, 49 and 3 yards and finished the game with 181 rush yards.
Despite rainy conditions, the Canes didn’t turn the ball over. While the Canes’ Alphonso Bryant was pleased with the running game, he emphasized how the Hurricanes (3-0) must come out of the gate strong this week when they head on the road to face Westminster Christian (2-1) on Friday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.
Overall, Bryant gave his team a C-minus grade in the victory over the Eagles.
“I thought we played horrible in the first half. It took the second half to kind of find ourselves. To be honest, I’m not satisfied with that because (this) week we face a tougher opponent and we have to come out clicking on all cylinders,” he said. “It’s going to be about getting better in terms of discipline and about making sure we’re following our alignments and assignments.”