Two longtime private school rivals went at it hard on Saturday afternoon and in the end it was Belen Jesuit, on the strength of a late touchdown run that prevailed over host Gulliver Prep 13-10 in front of a big crowd of students and alumni at Sean Taylor Field.
With Belen down 10-7, freshman running back Don Chaney took off around the left side on a power sweep and scored from 25 yards out with 1:44 left to put the Wolverines up.
With Gulliver facing a fourth-and-3 with just over a minute to go, Belen’s Matthew Martin dove for Gulliver quarterback Will Poses legs on a quarterback draw and brought him down for no gain to end the issue.
“It hasn’t been in consecutive years but this is 12 times in row we’ve beaten them and our kids did not want to be the ones that saw that streak end,” said Belen coach Rich Stuart, whose team spent a week in Ireland the previous week and did not return until Monday. “This was a tough week because the kids were definitely in a little of a funk for a while from the jet lag but fortunately they came out here [Saturday] and found a way to get it done against one of our great rivals.”
On the strength of a 16-yard Pedro Garcia touchdown run early in the second quarter, the Wolverines nursed the 7-0 lead all the way into the fourth quarter before seeing it all fall apart.
That’s when, despite being sacked seven times on the day for 60 yards in losses, Poses came through. On third-and-goal from the Belen 14, he avoided a sack and found Jordan Lyon for a touchdown to tie the score 7-7 with 9:40 left.
Davonte Montgomery then intercepted Belen quarterback Lucas Pola on the next series setting the Raiders (1-2) up at the Belen 25, which led to a Chris Hoyos 22 yard field goal with 5:42 left to put Gulliver up.
When Pedro Jimenez picked off another Pola pass on the very next play to set his team up at the Wolverines’ 19, it appeared the Raiders had things won.
But a poor exchange between Poses and running back Robert Burns on the very next play resulted in a fumble and Ryan Fernandez recovered giving the Wolverines the ball back at their own 20 with 3:58 left to set up the winning drive.
“It was a basic buck sweep and my o-line did a great job of sealing the blocks and springing me outside,” Chaney said of his winning score. “I just wanted to come through for my team and was glad there were no flags when I scored.”
The fact that there was no flag on the ground when Chaney found the end zone was a feat in itself as the Wolverines spent most of the day dealing with penalties, 16 of them for 152 yards, a half dozen of them unsportsmanlike penalties.
“Absolutely unacceptable and practice will be quite interesting on Monday,” Stuart said. “You can rest assured of that.”
▪ Late Friday — Reagan d. Goleman (25-13, 25-6, 25-6): Sara Requena 12 kills. Wilnelis Giusti 11 assists, 9 aces. Isabella Pacheco 14 aces. Ivana Brull 7 aces. RR 6-0.
▪ Late Friday — La Salle d. iMater (25-8, 25-9, 25-14): Briana Blanco 6 kills, ace. Ivana Santoscoy 5 kills, blocks, 2 aces. Erika Perez 12 digs, 2 kills. Vanessa Pedroso 14 assists, 4 digs. LS 6-3.
▪ Late Friday — La Salle d. iMater (25-9, 25-8, 26-6): Nina Gutierrez 6 kills. Ivana Santoscoy 5 kills, 5 digs. Daniela de la Iglesia 7 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs. Isabella Sbarra 9 assists, 4 aces. LS 7-3.
▪ Late Friday — Palmetto d. Braddock: 200 M, 200 Free, 400 Free: Roosevelt Malone. 200 Free, 100 Breast: Jake Sanchez.
▪ Late Friday — Pine Crest 211, Westminster Academy 94: MR: PC: Soderberg, Petreski, Vale, Ferrara-1:39.42. 200 F: E. Kotikovski, PC-1:51.48. IM: N. Vale (PC) 1:59.19. 50F: N. Ferrara (PC) 22.12. DIV: K. Mendez (PC) 264.67. FLY: M. Petreski (PC) 55.73. 100F: C. Soderberg (PC) 49.30. 500F: C. Urbanek (PC) 5:24.29. 200 FR: PC: Kotikovski, Silberman,Vale,Petreski 1:33.55. BK: C. Soderberg (PC) 56.17. BR: M. Petreski (PC) 1:03.00. 400 FR: Kotikovski,Ferrara,Vale,Soderberg 3:18.61. PC 5-0.
Sagemont at Hialeah Educational Academy, 3:30
Miami Edison at Booker T. Washington, 3:30
Everglades Prep at Miami Community Charter at Florida City Youth Activity Center, 4
Miami Southridge at Coral Gables, 5
Coral Park at Hialeah Miami Lakes, 5
Miami Norland at Miami Northwestern, 5
North Miami at Dr. Michael Krop, 5
Miami Beach at Hialeah Gardens, 5
Hialeah at Miami Senior, 5
La Progresia at Hebrew Academy, 5
South Miami at Miami Jackson, 5
Doral Academy at Ferguson, 7:15
Riviera Prep at Archimedean Academy, 7:30
North Miami Beach at Miami Central, 7:30
Miami Killian at Coral Reef Senior, Cutler Ridge Park, 3
Westland High at American, Palm Springs North Pool, 3:30
Miami Palmetto at Coral Reef Senior, Palmetto Golf Course, 3:30
Ronald Reagan at North Miami, AMF Pembroke Pines, 3
Coral Park at Miami Senior, AMF Pines, 3
Hialeah Gardens at Hialeah Miami Lakes, AMF Pembroke Pines, 3
TERRA at Miami Palmetto, Bird Bowl, 3
South Dade at Coral Reef, Bird Bowl, 3
G Holmes Braddock at Gulliver, Bird Bowl, 3
Carol City at American, AMF Pembroke Pines, 3
Ferguson at Southwest, Bird Bowl, 3
Krop at Barbara Goleman, AMF Pembroke Pines, 3
Killian at Sunset, Bird Bowl, 3
Miami Christian at Princeton Christian, 3:30
Doctors Charter at Hialeah Educational Academy, 3:30
La Progresia at Edison Private, 3:30
LBA Academy at Northwest Christian Academy, 4
Archbishop Coleman at SLAM Charter, 4
Varela at Homestead, 4:30
G Holmes Braddock at Miami Coral Park, 5
South Miami at Lourdes Academy, 5
Miami Edison at Monsignor Edward Pace, 5
Divine Savior at Hebrew Academy, 5
Miami Sunset at Saint Brendan, 5
La Salle at Mater Lakes, 5
Mater Academy Charter at Westland, 5
Barbara Goleman at Hialeah Miami Lakes, 5
Miami Springs at Miami Jackson, 5
Coral Shores at Keys Gate Charter, 5
Mast Academy at Coral Gables, 5
Carrollton at Gulliver, 5
Ronald Reagan at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, 5
Dade Christian at Greater Miami Academy, 5:30
Miami Country Day at Sagemont, 5:30
Riviera Prep at Florida Christian, 6
Princeton Christian at Miami Christian, 6:30
Pinecrest Prep at Westwood Christian, 6:30
Ferguson at Southwest, 7:15
Miami Palmetto at Miami Killian, 7:15
Terra Environment Research Institute at Doral Academy, 7:15
Coral Reef at South Dade, 7:30
South Dade at Miami Sunset, Bird Bowl, 3
Hialeah Gardens at Barbara Goleman, AMF Pembroke Pines, 3
Miami Springs at Miami Beach, AMF Lanes, 3
Columbus at Southwest Miami, Bird Bowl, 3
Dr. Michael Krop at Miami Carol City, AMF, 3
Miami Christian at Gulliver, Bird Bowl, 3
Terra Environment Research Institute at Coral Reef, Bird Bowl, 3
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame at Hialeah Educational Academy, 3:30
Marathon at Miami Community Charter, 4
Somerset Charter at Everglades Prep, 4
Dr. Michael Krop at Hialeah, 5
iMater at Mast Academy, 5
Miami Norland at North Miami Beach, 5
Miami Northwestern at Carol City, 5
Hialeah Gardens at Miami Senior, 5
Terra Environment Research Institute at Westland, 5
American at Miami Beach, 5
Booker T. Washington at Miami Central, 5
Keys Gate Charter at Archimedean, 5
Alonzo and Tracy Mourning at Varela, 7:30