It didnt matter that 10 of 11 offensive starters are new. When you play in a regimented system that coach Rich Stuart has at Belen Jesuit, you just plug them in to the system and away they go.
Such was the case on Friday afternoon when the Wolverines traveled to Broward County and used that patented wing ground attack to roll to an easy 34-13 victory over Archbishop McCarthy in a spring game at McCarthy High School.
As they always seem to do, the Wolverines dominated the clock and the ground attack, rushing for 329 yards on 46 rushing attempts with Alex Alvarez leading the way with 112 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.
These guys were our scout team last year and now they get their chance, Stuart said. Alex is a perfect example of a kid who got knocked around on our scout team last year, and now hes taking advantage of his opportunity and ran well [Friday].
Generally, Im pretty pleased with what I saw out there, although there are still plenty of things we have to shore up on, especially on the defensive side of the ball as we got pushed around a little more than I wouldve liked to see.
Daniel Neptune (80 yards on 12 carries, one TD) and Xavier Hines (74 yards on seven carries, one TD) were the other two big offensive catalysts for the Belen ground attack.
On the other side, McCarthy coach Byron Walker definitely knew he might be in for a rough day. After inheriting a team that made it to the regional finals in 2010, he suffered through major graduation losses and defections in 2011.
He wound up going 5-5 and knows he still has work ahead.
Looking at [Belen], they are where we want to be at some point, said Walker, who came over last year after 17 years at Plantation American Heritage. We obviously still have a ways to go, but I liked some things that I saw Friday] and feel were in pretty good shape up front.
Were hurting at linebacker and secondary and some skill positions as well.
Frantz Petitpapa, a transplanted running back playing quarterback for McCarthy, struggled throwing a pair of interceptions, both to Belens Daniel Perdomo, and would have had a third had a certain pick-six been dropped.
The Mavericks answered a Belen opening touchdown drive with their best drive of the day, going 70 yards on six plays with Petitpapa scrambling the final 16 yards to even the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter.
Thanks to a pair of Alvarez touchdown runs of 2 and 9 yards, Belen led 20-7 at the half and put the game away with one of their patented clock-eating drives (14 plays, 70 yards, 9:13 elapsed time) to open the second half.
McCarthys only other score came with 10:27 left in the game on a 4-yard touchdown run by Paul Boy.
Belen finished off the scoring when backup quarterback Jorge Pona found Alex Cortez on a 25-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-2 with 7:21 left in the game.
• Florida Christian School 14, Pine Crest 7: Florida Christians offense totaled 335 yards as Julian Seekins rushed for 147 yards on 18 carries in a spring football contest.
J.J. Burmiester had a 1-yard touchdown run, and Kenry Tejedor added an 8-yard touchdown run. Florida Christians defense held Pine Crest scoreless until three minutes left in the fourth quarter.