Carrollwood Day made it through spring practice despite a slew of injuries that kept numbers low, but 17 players — including eighth-grade quarterback Aaron Angelos — were almost enough to win the Patriots’ spring game.
The Patriots ran for 330 yards and had the lead late before falling 28-24 to Class 3A Daytona Beach Father Lopez on Friday.
“We just ran out of gas,’’ coach Lane McLaughlin said.
But not before his team showed some promise for the upcoming season.
Trailing 13-0, CDS got two interceptions from Jackson Danner, which helped lead to touchdowns from running backs Willie Parker and Elias Earley to take a 24-13 lead.
And the Patriots kicked as many field goals — one — as it did all of last year when female kicker Carli Gauthier split the uprights from 28 yards. She was also 3-for-3 on extra-point tries.
Parker, who picked up his first offer last week from Eastern Michigan, rushed for 149 yards, and Early had 102. Fullback Max Frankel added 55 yards and had 17 tackles on defense.
Angelos completed 6-of-13 passes in his first varsity start.
“I was disappointed we didn’t finish the game (better), but I’m really proud of how they played,’’ McLaughlin said. “We played a 3A school, a bigger team with bigger players; they did well.”