TAMPA — Alonso lost its starting quarterback, five fumbles and even a down. But those issues didn't keep the Ravens from tying the 2003 team for the best start in the school's 11-year history.
With running backs Brandon Holloway and Ish Witter combining for 259 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Alonso (5-0) held off Bloomingdale (3-3) 20-14 in a Class 8A-6 opener Thursday.
Alonso quarterback Brandon Hawkins was sidelined after the second series with a right shoulder injury. After that, Holloway ran the wildcat and backup quarterback Ethan Winget provided the deciding points with a 43-yard scoring pass to Eddie Castillo to give Alonso a 20-0 lead.
Alonso fumbled seven times and was denied a down with four minutes remaining when the down marker was erroneously changed when it had the ball.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent