LaSalle 26, Florida Christian 10

Quick start fuels LaSalle over Florida Christian

 

Manny Readon had two touchdown runs to propel LaSalle to a road victory over Florida Christian on Friday.

Special to the Miami Herald

With a chance to remain undefeated in the Southeastern Football Conference, LaSalle knew four quarters would be required to beat host Florida Christian.

After jumping out to a three-score lead, the Royal Lions held off the Patriots for a 26-10 victory Friday night at Wadsworth Field.

“Nice quick start, but one thing about Florida Christian — they’re always never going to give up,” LaSalle coach Willie Trimmer said. “They’re feisty, tough, a well-coached bunch, and we knew you could get up by a few touchdowns, but you’re going to have to play four full quarters against them.”

LaSalle (3-0, 2-0) scored on its first three possessions to take a 19-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Royal Lions orchestrated a nine-play, 60-yard opening drive, culminating with Manny Readon’s 9-yard touchdown run — his first of two for the game — with 7:12 left in the first.

On its next drive, Joey McCain’s quarterback sneak picked up 2 yards on fourth-and-1. McCain found Rodrigo Berdullas for one of his four catches for an 8-yard touchdown.

After the Patriots (2-1, 1-1) fumbled on their first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive, LaSalle took over at the 24.

The offense stalled but faked a field goal. Kicker Alejandro Cardenas rushed for a first down. McCain found Ronique Robinson on the next play for an 11-yard strike to extend the lead to 19-0.

Florida Christian ran just five plays in the first quarter and didn’t pick up its first first down until there were less than two minutes remaining in the half.

Facing a second-and-23, AJ Barba’s screen pass out of the end zone to Nick Tejedor went for 47 yards.

Back-to-back completions to Jeremiah Tejedor paired with a 15-yard facemask landed the Patriots inside the opponent’s 17-yard line. They settled for Josiah Bazyler’s 33-yard field goal with 19 seconds left.

Readon’s second score — an 11-yard run — came with 7:39 left in the third to push the lead to 26-3. He finished with 55 yards on 12 carries.

As a team, six rushers collected a combined 195 yards.

But the Patriots would try to rally with Barba’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Larry Arroyo with 8:07 remaining in the game. Barba went 11 for 28 for 122 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

A short LaSalle punt gave Florida Christian a possession that began at midfield. Poised to make it a one-score game, Barba threw four consecutive incompletions from the 18-yard line to turn the ball over on downs.

“We were just trying to cover the deep pass, stay short,” Readon said. “Good defensive stop. Defense played good [Friday] and came up big.”

Read more Miami-Dade High Schools stories from the Miami Herald

  • Roundup

    Two Cooper City athletes sign with colleges

    Cooper City pitcher and first baseman Johnny Haney signed a scholarship with the Point Park University (Pittsburgh) baseball team. The left-hander is 6-0 so far this season with 31 strikeouts, three complete games and 1.28 ERA. He is hitting .317 with a homerun, 13 RBI and 16 runs scored.

  • High Schools roundup

    Doctors Charter boys’ track relay teams qualifiy for states

    The Dade Christian boys’ track 4x100 relay team will head to the State Championship for its second year in a row. Abigael Neus, Sam Mompremier, Jeanmaxon Adrien, and Cameron Floyd. Darwin Abreu qualified fourth overall in the mile. The 4x400 relay team, Torrian Wallace, Jovyn Pierre, Andrew Dodds, and Jonathan Gill needed to finish fourth out of 16 teams and run under a 3:42 to qualify for states. Freshman Jonathan Gill lead the team to a time of 3:36, awarding them fourth place to also qualify them for states.

  • State Tennis Championship

    Ransom Everglades’ Allegra Hanlon galls short of state title

    Everything seemed in place for Allegra Hanlon to end her high-school career with one more tennis championship. Then the rains came.

Get your Miami Heat Fan Gear!

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category