It was just a spring game victory, and it came against a winless opponent. ¶ But consider Mike Alstott’s coaching debut at Northside Christian a success.
After two years of seeming to exist just to give opposing teams a week’s respite, the Mustangs got a taste Saturday of the success others had enjoyed at their expense with a 21-0 victory over Ocoee Central Florida Christian.
Alstott’s game plan followed a similar pattern to the one the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used when he played. There was a heavy dose of the run game with a few-play action passes. On defense, the Mustangs were stifling and opportunistic.
Northside gained nearly 400 yards, scoring early in the first quarter when Max Massengill threw a 4-yard touchdown to Aiden Anderson.
In the second half, Northside recorded an interception deep in its own territory. RJ Bauer followed with a 97-yard scoring run that sealed the win.
With the win, Alstott has momentum he can carry into the summer, a big step for a program that finished 1-9 last fall.
Chargers can't maintain early success
Shorecrest’s Dave Moore, another former Buccaneer standout, made his coaching debut against Bradenton Christian. The Chargers looked good early, jumping out to a 31-21 lead in the fourth quarter. But Shorecrest could not hold on as the defense allowed two touchdowns in the final eight minutes in a 35-31 loss.
The Chargers led 25-14 at the half with the big play coming on a 31-yard run by Aaren Johnson for a touchdown on their second possession.
In the fourth quarter, Garrett Schulte scored on a 1-yard run to make it 31-21.
But the Chargers had trouble stopping receiver Sinclair Laskett, who scored two of Bradenton Christian’s three touchdowns in the second half, both coming on big plays.
Laskett’s first score was a 73-yard run; his second was a 52-yard reception that made it 31-28. He also had a 28-yard run that set up Lance Perkins' 2-yard run for the winning score.