The Barracudas’ defense forced three turnovers and quarterback Nico Pierre went 9 of 12 for 139 yards and threw two touchdowns to lead Coral Reef (1-0) to the season-opening victory at Southridge Stadium Thursday afternoon.
Joe Suarez led the defensive effort with three sacks. Marcus Leslie and Harvey Clayton each had an interception as Coral Reef held Varela (0-1) to 63 total yards.
Pierre connected with Jacob McCrary in the first quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass to give Coral Reef a 13-0 lead. Leslie, Jordan Edwards and Jawon Hamilton each had rushing touchdowns.
Coral Reef dominated in spite of committing nine penalties for 90 yards including five holding calls in the third quarter during a drive that took nine minutes and 35 seconds and still ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Pierre to Bryan Bradshaw.
“For the most part the kids played with the intensity and effort level we asked them too,” Coral Reef coach Chevas Clements said. “But we still have a lot of work to do to clean up those mental errors.”