A District 15-8A showdown between Coral Reef and Belen Jesuit turned into the Danny Esteban show on Friday afternoon.
Not even a third-quarter lightning delay could slow him down as the Belen running back scored all four of his team’s touchdowns as the host Wolverines cruised to a 26-6 victory over the Barracudas. The win raised Belen’s overall record to 3-2 but kept them undefeated in the district at 2-0. Coral Reef dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in district play.
Esteban scored three of his touchdowns in the first half as Belen blew out to a 19-0 lead at the break. He capped off a short 40-yard Wolverine drive to open the game scoring from 2 yards out and then scored from 2 yards out again midway through the second quarter to capping an eight play, 78-yard drive to make it 12-0.
When the Barracudas fumbled on the very next play after the kickoff to give Belen the ball at the 21, Esteban carried the ball on four of the Wolverines’ five plays, scoring again from two yards out 1:55 before halftime. Esteban scored his fourth touchdown, this time from 3 yards out with 3:40 left in the third quarter.
“Being a fullback, it’s usually just about grinding those tough short-yardage yards out so I’m just happy I got the call down around the goal line so much today,” said Esteban. “But a running back doesn’t get it done without the O-line doing it up front so I give it up to them today and our defense for really shutting the other team down and now we want to just keep this thing going.”
Coral Reef avoided the shutout when quarterback Milton Calafell snuck over from a yard out with 6:30 left in the game.
Thursday: Southwest Miami d. Ferguson 12-2; Columbus d. Miami 43-0; Carol City d. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 47-0; Sunset d. Mourning 12-0.
Early Friday: Palmer Trinity d. St. Brendan 43-0; Champagnat d. Gulliver Prep 28-27; Coral Gables d. Miami Beach 37-0.
▪ Westminster Christian d. Pine Crest 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-21): Saskia Hernandez 23 kills, 9 digs, 6 service points; Sydney Bond 41 assists, 5 digs, 7 service points; Emily Matias 6 kills, 4 digs; Alyah Cadavid 6 kills, 16 digs. WC: 15-4.
▪ Cardinal Gibbons d. Jensen Beach 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17): Jenna Giaquinto 14 kills, 7 digs, 2 assists, 14 service points, 6 aces; Caitlyn Faber 34 assists, 5 kills, 8 digs, 1 block, 5 service points; Dylan Andrews 9 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist, 7 service points. CG: 10-6.
▪ TERRA d. Varela 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 27-29, 25-17, 20-18): Isabella Armas 28 digs, 9 aces; Amanda Palma 25 assists, 3 digs; Isabella valeriano 19 kills, 2 aces, 1 block; Gaby Medina 13 kills, 1 block.
Cardinal Gibbons 194, Pompano Beach 200 at Deerfield, par 36: CG – Kaylee Ehret 39, Jaclyn Schembri 50, Taylor Schembri 52, Annie Wilson 53, Jayden Boros 57; PB – Heidi Christiansen 42, Sophia Chatalon 51, Ausette Ifill-Duproux 52, Luci Scavedra 55, Cassie C’John 57; DB – Lauren Weeden 61, Marcel Harley 64.