The Killian football team got back on track after its 27-0 Week 1 loss to Carol City.
The Jaquan Johnson-less Cougars, a regional finalist in Class 8A last season, staggered South Miami with their hard-hitting defense and physical running game out of the Wing-T in a shutout win at Tropical Park on Friday night.
That was the first step get rid of that ugliness we had to cough up and spit out from last week, said Killian coach Cory Johnson, whose team only returns four starters. It was the first step to making an identity.
We got a lot of new guys that are meshing and gelling, but were still the same team. Were a tough and scrappy team.
Already up 14-0, Killian made it a three-score game on the first play of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Joel Careaga found Nicholas Adams in the middle of the field with a short pass that Adams turned into a 55-yard touchdown after breaking a tackle.
But the Cougars are known for their ground game offensively. They ran the ball 36 times for 162 yards as a team.
Jamaal Burgess, who led the team with 58 rushing yards on just five carries, scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter, and Cliff Smith had one of his own on a sweep from 14 yards out.
The Killian defense held South Miami to 90 yards of total offense and only eight rushing yards on 23 attempts -- nine of which went for negative yardage.
The closest South Miami came to scoring was on a last-second 21-yard field goal attempt before halftime, but Killian blocked it to preserve the shutout.