Having been shut down offensively for most of the day, the Miami Beach offensive unit came up with a big drive at just the right time.
Locked in a scoreless tie with Reagan, quarterback Eddie Brill led the Hi-Tides on a 55 yard, nine play drive, the payoff coming on a three-yard touchdown run by Jedidiah Herring with 7:45 left in the game to give Beach a 7-0 victory at Reagan High School.
A defense that had played bend-but-don’t break all day long bowed up one last time. After Reagan drove to the Beach 12 and faced a fourth-and-two, defensive back Kama Jackson III came up and stuffed Reagan running back Jonathan Colon for no gain with 2:34 left that sealed it for Beach.
It ended a frustrating day for the Bison who had a pair of Brandon Cohen touchdown runs called back on the same drive in the second quarter and turned the ball over on downs in the red zone two other times.
“It was me or [Colon] and I knew the situation,” Jackson said.
“It was me or him and I had to make the tackle and stand him up. I’m the captain of this defense and captains lead by what they do on the field not what they say.”
Brill, who finished his day 9-of-22 for 178 yards including two first half interceptions, completed three of five passes for 37 yards on the winning drive and also came through with his feet, scrambling on third-and-10 for exactly 10 yards giving his team a first-and-goal at the three.
“It had been a struggle up to that point but it was just a matter of staying with it,” said Brill, whose team was 2-8 last year.
“This is a a great win for us. A lot of people doubted us coming into this season and we proved that we can play with anybody.”