“This is last year’s junior varsity defense, which gave up one first down all of last season. They did a great job tonight,” coach Jorge Riestra said.
Reagan had six different players reach the end zone, with running back Keenan Springer scoring three times.
Goleman’s lone touchdown came early in the first quarter on a 73-yard score by Mauricio De Zayas, but the turnovers proved costly.
• Southridge 42, Coral Gables 6: Southridge defeated Coral Gables with the help of its stellar defense, which accounted for four sacks and a touchdown before halftime.
The Spartans offense was led by junior running back Jamal Adajamah, who had two rushing touchdowns and 125 yards on 11 carries.
The Spartans defense kept first-year Cavaliers coach Roger Pollard’s offense in negative numbers for total offense in the first half.
The Cavaliers were able to put together some offensives drive in the second half behind dual threat freshman quarterback Derrick Walker.
Senior linebacker Terrance Brown had the marquee defensive play after a down the middle blitz led to a 20 yard fumble recovery in the second quarter.
• South Dade 48, Ferguson 8: Six first-half touchdowns propelled the Buccaneers to a opening victory at home.
Four of the touchdowns came in the second quarter. Defensive back Antwan Cordy scored on a 68-yard punt return to put South Dade up 41-8 going into halftime. Cordy also returned a first-quarter punt for a touchdown, but it was called back because of a penalty.
Buccaneers running back Leroy Wilson rushed for a game-high 132 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns. Receiver Devontay Keaton scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and another on a pass from quarterback Brian Stewart. Stewart passed for 69 yards and three touchdowns.
• Palmetto 49, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: It was an impressive debut for Palmetto coach Matt Dixon, as the Panthers blitzed the Trojans with a 28-point second quarter and cruised to the easy win at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School.
“You can’t ask for much more than that for your first game,” said Dixon, who spent the previous two years as Varela’s coach. “We were a little sluggish in the first quarter but really got things cranked in the second and never looked back. It’s a long season, we’re in a tough district and we have a lot of tough games ahead of us, but this is a good way to start.”
Palmetto was led by running back Kendtron Daye, who rushed for 89 yards and one score, and quarterbacks Matt Coll and John Perez, who split time and combined for 7-of-11 passing, 141 yards and three touchdowns. Troy Hamilton (35 yards), Alfredo Davis (15) and Wendell Dunn (20) were on the receiving end of the scores.
The Panthers defense dominated as well, holding HML to 43 yards of total offense.
• Varela vs. Edison (canceled): Varela led 7-6 at halftime against Edison on the strength of running back Zachary Deerr’s 45-yard touchdown when malfunctioning lights at Tropical Park caused officials to cancel the game.
Because no officials were available to resume the game Saturday, the Vipers’ will not officially begin their season until next Thursday’s matchup against South Dade.
• Westminster Christian 42, Barrington Christian 6: Hunter Boyett led the Warriors with 220 yards passing with four touchdowns. Jordan Cronkrite and Elber Gaitor each had two receiving touchdowns. Tim Irvin had 13 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns.