Patrick Burrows has been able to help elevate programs to success twice in his coaching career.
Things are also going well at his new job at Homestead High.
For the third consecutive week, the Broncos came up with a quality victory, this time rallying to beat host Belen Jesuit 34-33 in overtime Friday afternoon at De La Cruz Stadium.
Homestead (3-1, 1-0 District 16-6A) erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and came up with the decisive goal line stand in overtime when its line stopped Belen quarterback Ryan Murphy on a two-point conversion sneak at the 1-yard line.
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Belen (1-3, 0-1) put itself in position for the win after Christian Barrial scored a touchdown from 4 yards out. The Wolverines chose to go for the win after an offside penalty moved the ball inside the 2-yard line.
But as it did for most of the fourth quarter, Homestead’s defense answered the challenge.
Following a tough season-opening loss to Killian, Homestead has defeated Southridge, Coral Reef and now Belen.
“We try to preach to our guys that as long as we respect our opponent and not stop going 110 percent in games, we can make things happen,” said Burrows, who guided Southwest and Southridge to district championships before becoming Homestead’s coach before this season. “We kind of stressed all week that we may score most of our points in the second half. We knew if we kept grinding we could keep scoring and make it happen.”
Belen was able to establish its wing-T rushing attack for most of the first three quarters led by Brandon Silvestry’s 134 yards on 17 carries. Silvestry broke a 43-yard touchdown run that appeared to give Belen a comfortable lead at 27-13 late in the third.
Belen’s defense to that point had played well coming up with big plays at key times led by defensive ends Justin Lorenzo and Andres Garcia. Homestead’s offense finally got in true rhythm thanks to its offensive line in the fourth. The push up front allowed its playmakers to step up.
Junior wide receiver Ermon Lane, who caught seven passes for 154 yards, snared his second touchdown of the game on a 38-yarder from quarterback Maurice Alexander. The Broncos tied it at 27 when Alexander scampered in for the two-point conversion.
Alexander threw four touchdown passes and completed 11 of 17 for 211 yards and no interceptions.
His other two touchdown throws went to sophomore running back Johnnie Hankins, who also finished with 71 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown.
Hankins caught a screen pass from Alexander in overtime for a 7-yard touchdown that put Homestead ahead for good.
The Gators had a solid rushing attack despite poor weather conditions. They mounted successive touchdown drives in the first half.
Freshman Tory Myers helped lead the offense with 50 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Goleman also recorded five takeaways (three fumble recoveries and two interceptions) to hamper the Sharks’ offense.
•Gulliver Prep 70, Doral Academy 21:
Quarterback Jowan Watson threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Raiders (1-3) to their first win. Freshman receiver Dionte Mullins caught two touchdown passes and totaled 138 yards receiving, and running back Bo Ellis ran for 115 yards and four touchdowns.
For Doral (2-2), Gabriel Hernandez rushed for 85 yards and scored on a 90-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.
•Coral Gables 21, Braddock 0:
The visiting Cavaliers (1-3) scored 21 points in the second quarter as they recorded their first win. Quarterback Edgardo Mendez threw one touchdown, and running back Gregory Howell added a 24-yard touchdown run in the quarter. Special teams also scored off a blocked punt.
“We don’t measure success by wins and losses; we measure successes in effort,” Coral Gables coach Roger Pollard said. “We have gone through the film every week and have seen our progression. This week we are finally reaping our rewards.”
Braddock is 0-4.
•Columbus 49, Miami High 0:
The Explorers (3-1, 1-0) scored seven touchdowns, all on the ground, in an impressive win at Curtis Park. This was the first district game of the season for both teams.
Darly Chestnut led the way with 103 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Lorenzo Woodley III rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. In the first half, the Explorers rushed for 254 yards and five touchdowns.
“The offensive line did a great job of creating lanes for me to run through,” Chestnut said. "They made the holes, and I hit them. I am thankful to have an offensive line like that.”
Columbus will face Miami Central (1-2) next week.
“It’s going to be a tough one,” Chestnut said. “They have two great running backs, Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook. I feel like it’s going to be a game of the backs, with me and Lorenzo, even our young back Oshton Armstrong.”
•Monsignor Pace 49, Archbishop Carroll 6:
The visiting Spartans scored early and often.
Led by quarterback Kelly Benson, Pace (2-1) rolled up six touchdowns in the first half to take a 42-0 lead at halftime and a running clock in the second half.
Benson was nearly perfect, completing 9 of his 10 pass attempts for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Ben Voke completed 3 of 4 for 53 yards and a touchdown as well. Guy Lemonier caught two touchdown passes of 35 and 32 yards, and Jared Charles led the way rushing with 64 yards including a 51 yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Carroll fell to 0-4.