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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 9:11 pm

It was a frustrating game for the Coral Reef Barracudas in a 26-6 loss to the Belen Jesuit Wolverines.

“I was obviously frustrated,” head coach Joseph Petisco said. “The guys didn’t execute the game plan that we had put together for the game defensively. That’s basically how it went.”

Coral Reef (3-3) got a late touchdown run by Andres Ruiz-Sanchez to prevent the shutout as the Barracudas played without leading rusher Daniel Ramirez due to a thigh injury.

The Barracudas are currently fourth in Class 8A, District 15 and 12th in Region 4 with eight teams making the playoffs. After a bye week, they return to action on Oct. 11 against Ferguson with games against Southwest, Braddock, and Palmetto after.

“We think we can win the next three games for sure,” Petisco said. “Palmetto is going to be a completely different animal.”

Division-leading Belen Jesuit (3-2) played without its top player in junior running back Don Chaney Jr. due to a foot injury, but a number of players filled in admirably including Daniel Esteban, who had four rushing touchdowns.

Part of the frustration for Petisco was the defense’s inability to slow down a similar Wing-T offense his team employs and faces each day in practice.

“That’s the frustrating part about coaching kids, you never know what you’re going to get,” Petisco said.

Coral Reef’s biggest offensive play of the game came in the second quarter when Milton Calafell connected on a halfback pass to Adrian Manach for 29 yards down to the 11-yard line. However, the drive stalled and Daniel Henderson’s 27-yard field goal attempt was blocked keeping the Barracudas scoreless down 19-0 going into halftime.

A lightning delay halted the game in the third quarter and when the game resumed Esteban found the end zone for the fourth time for a 26-0 lead.

Ruiz-Sanchez’s 3-yard touchdown run with 6:20 left put the Barracudas on the scoreboard.

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