Homestead 35, Boyd Anderson 18

Homestead Broncos hold off rally by Boyd Anderson Cobras


Special to the Miami Herald

In one word, Homestead is explosive.

The Broncos showed that explosiveness by jumping out to a 28-0 lead en route to a 35-18 victory against host Boyd Anderson on Fright night.

Homestead quarterback Maurice Alexander was 15 for 22 for 370 yards and four touchdowns.

His touchdown passes were spread around, with two to Ermon Lane, one to Gilbert Johnson and one to Antonio Calloway.

Lane finished with seven catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a punt return for a touchdown called back by penalty.

After his first touchdown reception, a 45-yard grab where he broke two tackles, Lane let the world know he was a Florida Gator.

“Because, before the game, they were throwing up UM,” Lane said of the doing the Gator chomp.

But Boyd Anderson (0-1) wouldn’t simply fold.

Trailing 28-0, the game appeared over, but the Cobras responded with a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown.

On Homestead’s next play on offense, the Broncos fumbled and BA recovered at the Homestead 3-yard line. BA’s Travonte Franklin scored from 3 yards out on the next play to cut it to 28-12.

The next play on offense for Homestead (1-0) ended up in a 59-yard interception return for touchdown by BA’s Marcel Philmore and the Cobras were back in the game, trailing 28-18.

In an eight-play stretch which covered 2:03 of the third quarter there were two turnovers, both by Homestead, and five touchdowns, two by Homestead and three by Boyd Anderson.

“You know the frustrating thing about the interception they got, we had the play that we wanted, we misread it, we had him wide open down the field. Two weeks in a row, special teams hurt us with things that hurt us that we have to tighten up,” Homestead coach Larry Coffey said. “We’ve got some explosive receivers. It is what it is.”

Homestead ended any thought of a comeback by marching down the field and scoring with 23 seconds to play in the third quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Alexander.

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