Atlantic rallies to top Glades Central in spring game
Friday, May 27, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Atlantic coach Chris Bean wanted his team's spring game against Glades Central to be an event.
While it was a sloppy game with six combined turnovers, Bean got his wish.
There were college coaches from Miami, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and other schools, and a good crowd in the stands.
Best of all for Bean, his team gave the home crowd a show with a 21-14 win that Atlantic can hang its hat on heading into the summer conditioning period.
Despite the victory, Bean said the Eagles have plenty to work on.
"Mentally, we missed a lot of plays," Bean said. "I can't say we played a good game, but we did some good things. The sky's the limit for us."
Rising junior quarterback A. J. Puente showed some promise in his new full-time starting role. He threw two touchdown passes, including a perfectly lofted 25-yard fade to 6-foot-4 receiver Adly Enoicy.
Enoicy and 6-2, 190-pound senior-to-be Chad Ward give Atlantic the physical presence on the edge it lacked last year.
But the good came with the bad. Puente also threw two interceptions, though those came against what is probably the best secondary in the area - if not the state.
Glades Central played the game without its projected starting quarterback and running back. The Raiders used senior-to-be wideout Jaime Wilson at quarterback.
Along with defensive back/receiver Will Likely, Wilson accounted for much of the playmaking. He punched in a 1-yard run to tie the game at 7-7, then his across-the-field, 43-yard bomb to Likely put Glades Central up a touchdown before the half.
But penalties and turnovers hurt Glades Central. The Raiders committed 14 penalties for 110 yards and lost three turnovers.
After a Brisly Estime interception, hard-running Atlantic tailback Marcus Gaskins muscled his way to a 13-yard TD with 6:35 remaining to give his team its final lead.
"We have to have ball security and we have to cut down the penalties," new Glades Central coach Roosevelt Blackmon said. "When something like this happens, you have to take the good from this and we'll try to do that."