SPRING HILL — Former NFL and Florida State star Derrick Alexander's first game as Bishop McLaughlin coach started well, but not all went as planned in a 38-6 loss to Carrollwood Day in Friday night's Kickoff Classic.
The Patriots scored first on their opening possession. Senior quarterback Deuce Gruden went 4-of-4 for 43 yards and rushed for 9 more while Robert Davis capped the drive with a 7-yard run.
The Hurricanes answered in short order. On the next drive, Bishop McLaughlin dominated the trenches and senior tailback Jordan Betancourt pounded the ball behind the offensive line for 59 yards on five carries. Christian Nummy used his only carry on the drive for a 2-yard touchdown scamper to tie the game.
"We did some good things (in this game)," Alexander said. "I don't think the final score is representative of who we are as a team."
After a couple of stops on defense, a combination of dehydration and defensive breakdowns caught up with the Hurricanes. Davis tore apart Bishop McLaughlin at the seams, rushing for 112 yards on only eight carries with two touchdowns. He also caught a 38-yard screen pass for another score.
Gruden also showed his mettle, leading the offense despite his 5-foot-6 stature. The senior signal caller didn't play in the fourth quarter but finished 8-of-16 for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 69 yards on nine carries and another score.