Alonso 20, Bloomingdale 0

On a night bogged down by more than 200 penalty yards and a soggy field, Alonso was thrilled just to be heading home. A shutout victory over a district opponent doesn’t hurt either, as the Ravens (3-2, 1-0) defeated Bloomingdale (3-3, 0-1), 20-0 Friday night.

While the Bulls tried and failed to throw the ball, Alonso was content working their junior running back. Ish Witter finished with 112 yards on 25 carries.

Tensions ran high for most of the game, climaxing with the ejection of Bloomingdale defensive end Tyler Jahn after he tossed his helmet while walking off the field.

“There’s always rivalries with district games and we’re dealing with 16-, 17-, and 18-year-old kids,” said Alonso coach Brian Emanuel. “I think the officials did a good job of controlling it.”

This article can be found here as it was originally published in The Tampa Bay Times.

Bloomingdale 28, Strawberry Crest 27

VALRICO — In his first career varsity game, Isaiah McIntyre was efficient and explosive. More than that though, he was perfect.

McIntyre finished 11-for-11 in the game for 140 yards and two touchdowns as Bloomingdale edged Strawberry Crest 28-27. The young quarterback added 22 yards on the ground as well, including a key first down with less than two minutes left in the game.

“You’ve got a 14-year-old under the lights. How is he going to perform? I didn’t know,” said Bloomingdale Coach John Booth. “He completely blew away any expectations that I had.”

Strawberry Crest was held scoreless in the second half by a ferocious Bulls defense, and a special teams squad that blocked two field goals and an extra point.

This article can be found here, as originally published in The Tampa Bay Times.