TAMPA — While Alonso was looking at replacing its graduated quarterback, Freedom was looking to see how it would respond to another coaching change.
Both programs might have gotten their answers as Alonso took advantage of Freedom miscues and dominated a penalty-marred game with a 29-0 victory.
With Dylan Fisher at quarterback, the Ravens scored three first-half touchdowns, two coming off turnovers. Fisher and Brandon Holloway scored on short runs, and Fisher hit Gigi Pettion for a 26-yard score.
Alonso's defense was stout, limiting Freedom to four first downs. Defensive end Anthony Chickillo had five tackles, three quarterback pressures, a blocked pass and an interception.
Freedom did not help itself in coach Tchecoy Blount's first game. The Patriots had 17 penalties and had two drives stall deep in Alonso territory.
Alonso scored with seconds left when running back Ish Whitter scamped for a 14-yard touchdown.
"The kids played hard like we want them to," first-year Alonso coach Lee Meitzler said. "Our defense flew to the football and made plays. We made some mistakes, but overall we really gave it all (Friday night)."
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent