After both teams spent the entire game moving the ball back and forth between the 20s, it was Miami Springs that finally came up with the big play in a spring football game on Thursday afternoon against Coral Reef.
On a third-and-goal from the 7, quarterback Jacoby Clark rolled to his right and found Walter Williams for 7-yard touchdown with 8:35 left in the game, and Springs — thanks to a great defensive effort — made it hold up in a 6-0 victory over the Barracudas at Coral Reef.
“I love that play, it’s our bread-and-butter go-to play and we called it at the right time,” Clark said. “Walter was wide open and it was just a matter of making a good throw and let our defense do the rest.”
Clark alternated at quarterback all game with Sincyre Gray. Gray came up with a big play four plays earlier when, on third-and-10 from midfield, he found Anthony Colonel for a 30-yard gain to set up the winning score.
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Coral Reef drove to the Springs 38 with two minutes left. But but Sacorey Stringer put a big hit on Christian Mojica inside the 30 that jarred the ball loose. Springs recovered and ran out the clock.
“It may have only been a spring game but when you’ve got a bunch of young kids out there who you are trying to get to buy in to what you’re selling, winning a game like this is important going into the summer,” Springs coach Darryel Bethune said.
▪ Monsignor Pace 27, Southwest 6: Running back Thomas Willis scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as host Monsignor Pace pulled away to coast to the easy win in a spring game played in heavy rain for most of the night.
The biggest news of the night might have come midway through the third quarter when gunshots rang out in a nearby neighborhood. Everybody in the stadium hit the ground and did not get up for five minutes until the all-clear was issued and play continued.
Pace still led 7-0 entering the fourth when Willis — following an interception by Elvins Disarmes — plunged into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 9:05 left to make it 14-0.
On Pace’s next drive, he scored from 17 yards out with 3:35 left. After Ian Valdes reeled in a tipped pass and turned it into a 73-yard score for the Eagles, Pace wrapped up the scoring on a 12 yard scoring pass from William Ferreira to Tyrone Douglas with 1:32 left.
“A good effort by the kids tonight which will give us something positive to build on going into the summer,” Pace coach Joe Zaccheo said.