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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 11:39 am | Updated: 10:15 am, Sun Aug 26, 2018.

After jumping out to a 6-0 start against Reagan in a kickoff classic game, Homestead was unable to build on the early lead and lost 14-6.

The game was indicative of what head coach Ahmad Ward has been concerned about with his team as they were missing 14 players, including standout receiver senior Rahmod Smith, for multiple reasons.

In addition to not having a large roster, two of the Broncos’ top three offensive players in the game went down with minor injuries in the game.

“Even with those 14 guys out, I see that we’re going to be a small team,” Ward said. “We’ve got to be a well-conditioned team because we might have some guys that have to play both ways. The game showed me we have to change up our conditioning, our attitude about the game.”

At full strength, Ward expects to have as many as 36 active players and hopefully as soon as Friday’s regular season opener at Braddock.

“Braddock is going to run a similar offense to Reagan, similar type of kids, they might have a couple speedsters, but we just have to get it done,” Ward said. “I know Braddock wants revenge from last year-it was an 8-0, tough game.”

Seniors Andrew Eloissaint, Trema Baptiste, and Tasheem Reese each took turns at quarterback and were moved around the offense in addition to each playing on defense. Eloissaint led the way with 102 total yards (73 rushing and 29 receiving) on 11 touches, Baptiste completed 7 of 10 passes for 75 yards with an interception, and Reese caught three passes for 39 yards with 14 yards rushing.

“We’ve got to score points,” Ward said. “There were so many opportunities we had, but we had too many stupid penalties we have to correct.”

Junior Jacquez Caldwell scored the only touchdown of the game for the Broncos when he recovered a fumble by Baptiste at the 1 and took it in.

Reese is expected to take over the full-time quarterback duties when Smith is on the field.

“He gives me confidence,” Reese said.

Senior defensive tackle Greg Pruitt was a bright spot against Reagan with nine tackles, six for loss, and three sacks.

“I’ve improved on my strength a lot, I’ve gotten way stronger than I was, and my takeoff on the ball is much faster than what it was,” Pruitt said.

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