South Miami 23, Braddock 19

Glenn Roberts seals win for South Miami against Braddock


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Glenn Roberts ripped through the coverage and returned a third-quarter kickoff 70 yards for the go-ahead score in South Miami’s victory over Braddock.

Roberts, who also had a sack in the game, caught the kickoff with the Cobras down 19-16 as time expired in the third quarter.

“Braddock is extremely well coached,” Cobras coach David Gray said. “They run that offense great, so hats off to them. Any win is good for the program, but we need to improve on everything.”

The Cobras (3-1) won the slippery skirmish despite allowing 282 rushing yards to the Bulldogs (0-4). Lazaro Cespedes had 19 carries, 147 rushing yards and a score in the loss.

“I found out these guys have character,” Bulldogs coach Frank Rojas said. “When any team starts the season with three straight losses, it’s easy to fold. There was no folding tonight.”

A soggy field meant a lot of first-half running as each team traded rushing touchdowns in the first quarter. Jamal Brown rushed for a 30-yard score at 8:28 for South Miami. Next it was Cespedes — who tallied 110 yards on 13 carries in the half — with a game-tying one-yard run.

Each team missed its point after attempt, before South Miami quarterback Patrick Coats broke open the 6-6 game with a 43-yard pass to Anthony Truesdell. Christian Linares scored next for the Bulldogs, after a Michael Lora interception return to the one yard line. But it was South Miami’s kicker, Adrian Izquierdo who connected from 29 yards to give the Cobras a 16-13 halftime edge.

In the second half, the Cobras clamped down on Cespedes and held the Bulldogs scoreless until Javie Ramirez found Frank Ramirez on a 15-yard touchdown pass. The Ramirez brothers score gave the Bulldogs its first lead of the game.

“We actually disciplined (benched) about seven guys on the offense,” Rojas said. “The kids came out and played. They fought for the entire game and that’s all you can ask for.”

But with the scoreboard seconds slipping, it was Roberts who silenced the stands and claimed the last word. Roberts’ followed the score with a sack on the Bulldogs final push.

The Bulldogs also held a 14-7 edge in first downs in the game but passed for just 18 yards. Coats was 8 of 17 with 104 passing yards, one interception and one touchdown. Truesdell caught three passes for 72 yards.

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