Gulf Coast’s defense forced five turnovers, Kaden Frost threw three touchdowns, and the Sharks rolled to a 46-6 win over Hialeah on Friday.
Despite losing a slew of defensive talent to graduation, especially along the front, the Sharks(2-0) looked to be picking up where they left off last season, sacking Hialeah quarterback Jyzion Wade five times and intercepting him once. Zach Stenberg also scored a defensive touchdown for the Sharks after an errant snap went past Wade, falling on it in the endzone.
“Every week our goal is to try and improve in that phase,” Gulf Coast coach Pete Fominaya said. “There’s still a lot to improve, I think we’ve in no way reached our potential.”
That’s talking about a unit which has given up just one touchdown in two games this season. The only other score against Gulf Coast was a safety by Lely last week.
Frost, the four-year starter at quarterback, kept the Sharks offense moving, going 13-of-19 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. The senior was intercepted once – off a tipped ball – but threw touchdowns to seniors Maddux Kintz and Brandon Hannon, and to junior Luke Baker.
“He’s really taken it upon himself to be a better leader and a better football player, you can just see it in his maturity,” Fominaya said, pointing across the field to Frost helping athletic staff pick up equipment from the field after the game. “I really think he’s accepted that role of being a leader on the football team and I’m excited for the opportunity he has.”
That’s not to say everything was perfect for the Sharks. They turned it over three times, the interception and a pair of fumbles, the first shunt during a light drizzle on the opening drive, and a second a high snap over Frost’s head.
“We’ve improved a lot since last week, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Frost said. “We’re happy with how we performed but there’s still a lot of mistakes and we need to clean it up before next week.”
Hialeah(1-1) got their lone score in the first quarter, a 6-yard pass to Jason Lubin from Wade. Wade threw for 267 yards on 18-of-34 passing, but was intercepted once and lost two fumbles. He left the game with an apparent leg injury in the fourth quarter.
Next week brings Miami Monsignor Pace, a team which like Hialeah, the Sharks will face for the third year in a row. After winning 19-6 in 2015, a late field goal lifted Pace to a 16-13 win on Gulf Coast’s home field last season.
“I think we’ll be ready, we learned a lot from last year,” Frost said. “They’re big, they’re athletic, and they’re going to bring it to travel across the state and try and show us up on our home field.”
Senior running back Justin Hampton rebounded from a fumble on Gulf Coast’s first drive to finish with 103 yards on 13 carries…senior linebacker Colton Cormier scored on a 2-yard touchdown while lined up at fullback, his second career carry…Gulf Coast has outscored opponents 73-8 to start the season…Notre Dame-bound tight end George Takacs caught three passes for 53 yards.
Gulf Coast: vs. Miami Monsignor Pace
GULF COAST 46, HIALEAH 6
HI | 6 | 0 | 0 | 0 || 6
GC | 14 | 22 | 3 | 7 || 46
GC Maddux Kintz 5 yard pass from Kaden Frost(Jacob Strassel kick)
HI Jason Lubin 6 yard pass from Jyzion Wade(pass failed)
GC Richie Dimarzio 5 yard run(Strassel kick)
GC Zach Stenberg fumble recovery in endzone(Strassel kick)
GC Luke Baker 20 yard pass from Frost(Justin Hampton run)
GC Colton Comier 2 yard run(Strassel kick)
GC Strassel 28 yard field goal
GC Brandon Hannon 32 yard pass from Frost(Strassel kick)
Hialeah…Passing 266…Rushing 20…TOTAL 286…First Downs 11…Penalties 19-142…Turnovers 5(4 fumbles, interception)…Defensive 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, interception
Gulf Coast…Passing 203…Rushing 137…TOTAL 340…First Downs 16…Penalties 10-95…Turnovers 3(2 fumbles, interception)…Defensive 5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, interception, punt black, fumble recovery touchdown
Hialeah…Passing 14 Jyzion Wade 18/34 267 TD INT, 3 Alvonta Shelton 1/1 -1…Rushing 13 Arthur Roberts 6-16, 24 Nijeh Bethal 5-12, 8 Bobby Nelson 4-11, 3 Alvonta Shelton 1-2, 27 Thaddeus Stewart 1-(-4), 14 Jzyion Wade 10-(-17)(5 sacks)…Receiving 3 Alvonta Shelton 5-81, 8 Bobby Nelson 4-74, 10 Jason Lubin 2-58 TD, 7 Patrell Nadal 6-49, 13 Arthur Roberts 2-4…Defensive 4 Kasey Obsaint interception, 11 Nicholas Rivera 2 fumble recoveries, 55 Omar Rosete sack.
Gulf Coast…Passing 16 Kaden Frost 13/19 203 3TD INT…Rushing 22 Justin Hampton 13-103, 21 Richie Dimarzio 7-41 TD, 4 Colton Cormier 1-2 TD, 16 Kaden Frost 5-(-9)(2 sacks)…Receiving 1 Brandon Hannon 7-92 TD, 9 George Takacs 3-53, 21 Richie Dimarzio 1-33, 8 Luke Baker 1-20 TD, 10 Maddux Kintz 1-5 TD…Defensive 3 Gio Torres fumble recovery, 4 Colton Cormier 1.5 sacks, 21 Richie Dimarzio punt block, 28 Eli Carter interception, 32 Zach Stenberg fumble recovery touchdown, 0.5 sack, 33 Elvis Circi sack, fumble recovery, 40 Ismael Adam 0.5 sack, 42 Ryan Rogers fumble recovery, 92 Kenneth Martin 0.5 sack, 93 Tyler Algigi sack…kicking 24 Jacob Strassel 5/5 XP, 1/2 FG(28).
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