After spending the last 51 weeks fretting over an opportunity lost, the University School Sharks will get their shot to right a wrong next week.
Following a 45-14 rout of Belle Glade Glades Central in a Region 4-4A final at their field on Friday night, University will hit the road to take on Cocoa High School in a 4A state semifinal, the same team and the same field that saw them return home 49-14 losers a year ago.
“We’re a different team now,” said University head coach Daniel Luque. “A year ago we were a much younger, less experienced team that perhaps had overachieved during the season and had no idea what to expect going up against a veteran experienced team like Cocoa. Now we’re a team much more ready for the challenge that awaits us and we’re excited for another opportunity.”
The opportunity is there because the Sharks (11-1) got quality performances from a host of players on Friday night led by sophomore quarterback Nick Vattiato who completed 13-of-22 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those scores went to two-way player Christian Wells who finished with four catches for 139 yards on the night while making key pass breakups from his defensive back position.
Five-star running back Kenny McIntosh wasn’t about to be left out of the mix as he rushed for 155 yards on 15 carries and one score as the Sharks jumped out to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead, took a 28-7 lead to the locker room at halftime and were never threatened. Glades Central finished 9-4.