Javier Valdes notched his first win as head coach at Coral Reef High School, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. After an 0-3 start, his Barracudas football team traveled to Braddock High School on Saturday morning for a District 15-8A opener for both teams.
Coral Reef (1-3, 1-0) scored three touchdowns in the second half to break open a close game. Braddock fell to 2-2, 0-1.
“It wasn’t a very good start to the season for us,” said Valdes, “but in a district that figures to be very competitive, the right time to start winning is when you start your district games.”
Ahead 14-12 early in the third quarter, the Barracudas scored twice in less than 20 seconds, and both involved the same player. Harvey Clayton took a backwards lateral pass and broke loose on the sideline for a 53-yard touchdown run on the third play of the third quarter. Following the ensuing kickoff, Braddock running back Yosami Sanabria fumbled, and Clayton, playing corner back, scooped up the loose ball and raced 31 yards for another score, increasing the lead, 27-12.