On the last play of the game Coral Shores defender Dantay Diorio runs back his interception for some yardage. DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly

The theme Friday night at Barley Stadium was “Neon,” and the Hurricanes of Coral Shores definitely outshone the Panthers of Everglades Prep. The typical distractions of homecoming celebrations did not hamper the play of the ’Canes, who put on an offensive and defensive show for the crowd, earning their fourth shutout of the season with a 37-0 win and improving their record to 4-1.

Coach Ed Holly had a lot of praise for the team, calling the victory a team effort. “They played well together and trusted in the process,” he said. 

Chuck Jacobsen had two rushing touchdowns in the game, running hard for the ’Canes.  Sophomore quarterback Yencel Moreno connected with Angel Jester for another 6 points.  Ethan Marguet added 3 to the score with a field goal.  

Defensively, the Hurricanes were perfect again, shutting down the Panthers from the start. Elias De La Torre had a pick-six on the night, and AJ Putetti was “all over the field” according to Holly, playing both sides of the ball for the entire game. Coral Shores has been particularly stingy this season, allowing just 14 points in four games.  

The Hurricanes will be tested on Friday, Sept. 30 against the 3-1 Ransom Everglades Raiders. The game is at Coral Shores at 7 p.m.

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Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.