A dominant defensive performance helped fuel Homestead to a 19-7 victory over Killian Friday night at Harris Field.
The Broncos (3-2) forced four second-half turnovers (five overall) and one turnover on downs on seven possessions to back a struggling offense.
“As a team we put a lot of pressure on our offense to score a lot of points, but when they don’t we have to come up and get a lot of stops,” senior linebacker Anthony Wint said. “And we did until they got something going.”
Killian (1-4), which has lost three in a row, jumped out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead while taking advantage of a short field.
After just missing a safety, junior Maurice Alexander’s punt paired with a good return kicked off a drive inside the 10. Two plays later senior Armando Martinez ran it in from 10 yards out for the touchdown.
Nineteen unanswered points helped Homestead bounce back beginning in the second.
On third-and-goal from the 4, Alexander found senior Gilbert Johnson for the touchdown to even the score with 8:18 left in the second.
Homestead extended the lead to 16-7 with junior Antonio Calloway’s 14-yard touchdown run with 6:13 left in the third.
“We are going to need that kind of effort next week [against Miami Central], but we’ve got to do some things offensively,” Homestead coach Larry Coffey said. “We had too many chances and did not take advantage of them with touchdowns. We’re scrambling a little bit on offense, but it’s a good win.”
Florida commitment Ermon Lane, the nation’s second-best wide receiver according to ESPN.com, did not play in the first quarter after violating a team rule, but played the remainder of the game after going in for a punt return to start the second.
Lane, however, did not catch a pass for the third consecutive game. He did collect an interception in the fourth quarter.