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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 9:12 pm

When Daniel Henderson made a go-ahead 34-yard field goal with 1:16 left, the Coral Reef Barracudas were in a good position to win the game.

When Braddock faced a fourth down with under a minute left on their own 38, the Barracudas were in a great spot.

However, Braddock’s Anthony Cordovi found a wide open Genesis Williams for a 29-yard gain to keep the drive alive and the two connected again in the final seconds for a 16-yard touchdown handing Coral Reef a 28-24 loss.

“This one stings because our kids faced a little adversity this week,” said interim head coach Tom Fanakos.

It was a week of turmoil for Coral Reef (4-5), who had their head coach Joseph Petisco suspended by the FHSAA for the rest of the season for his actions leading to an ejection the week before in a loss to Southwest.

When asked if Petisco will resume coaching with the school following his suspension, athletic director Kevin Whelan said, “I believe so. That’s my plan.”

The fourth down play to Williams proved to be difference as Braddock found the end zone three plays later with 13 seconds left.

“We had a blown coverage,” Fanakos said. “We kind of knew they were looking for their best guy and we blew the coverage. One of our guys sunk inside and he should have been outside on a wheel route. He got wide open on us and got away from us. That’s a learning experience for our defensive guys.”

Williams then came down with a jump ball in the end zone to win the game.

It was a disappointing loss given Henderson’s heroics following two long touchdown runs by Isaiah Pagan to tie the game at 21.

“The snap was perfect, the hold was perfect, we got everything executed and we thought we’d control it from there,” Fanakos said. “And he gave us an outstanding kickoff kicking out of the end zone. Then they had a penalty and we let them out.”

Senior safety Christopher Perez returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown and senior linebacker Dillon Ford intercepted a pitch and went 43 yards in for a score giving the Barracudas a 13-7 lead at halftime despite only

running 12 offensive plays.

Andres Ruiz-Sanchez scored the Barracudas’ other touchdown on a 26-yard run earlier in the fourth quarter. Keyno Dean led the ground attack with 74 yards on 15 carries.

Coral Reef concludes its season Friday against Palmetto (8-1).

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