Dealing with the major distraction of losing their beloved head coach for two weeks, it never showed on the field for the Cypress Bay Lightning on Friday night.
Hosting Boyd Anderson in their official season-opener, Cypress Bay players came out focused and determined and made the Cobras pay, shutting them out 27-0 before a packed Cypress Bay crowd, many of whom were holding Mark Guandolo masks.
Two weeks ago, Guandolo was suspended for two weeks for slapping quarterback Lucas Tellefsen on the side of the helmet during a kickoff classic game against Homestead that was caught by national television cameras.
And it was appropriately Tellefsen who was one of the offensive stars of the evening for Cypress Bay, ranked in the Herald’s Top 10 at the start of the regular season. The numbers weren’t huge, 3-for-9 passing for 49 yards and a touchdown pass, 12 rushes for 78 yards and a touchdown, but Tellefsen ran the Lightning offense with veteran savvy, never making a mistake.
“He was terrific tonight and all of our kids were, to be honest,” said offensive line coach Joe Courcelle, who served as the interim head coach and joked about ‘‘going out undefeated’’ still soaked from a water cooler bath. “We prepare these kids for all kinds of situations and they know how to deal with it. They did a great job of staying focused these last two weeks and it showed out there tonight.”
Tellefsen led his team down field on its opening drive of the night, going 65 yards in six plays. The payoff was a 27-yard scoring pass to Kadeem Goulborne to put CB up 6-0.
The score would remain that way until midway through the third quarter when, led by the other offensive star of the night, running back Dylan Rupert (12 carries, 140 yards), Cypress Bay turned in another one of its patented grind-out, clock-eating drives (68 yards, 10 plays). Rupert went over from 9 yards. Tellefsen ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-0.