VALRICO — Chamberlain running backs were met by a wall of pads wherever they went. The quarterback was constantly swallowed up by a relentless pass rush.
Bloomingdale defenders were everywhere Friday night. They pounced on fumbles. They recorded sacks, even a pair of safeties.
Most of all, the Bulls allowed zero tolerance for their foe, posting their second straight shutout, 32-0.
Some of Chamberlain's woes were due to quarterback Tyler Riddell serving a one-game suspension.
It was a huge blow. After all, the Akron commit threw for more than 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last year. Without their biggest weapon on offense, the Chiefs struggled to find any consistency.
But the inability to generate offense had a lot to do with an improving Bloomingdale defense.
Last year, the Bulls started 0-2, including a 50-27 loss to Chamberlain. It was the most points Bloomingdale gave up all season.
That rout was the turning point. The Bulls' defense tightened up. As a result, Bloomingdale went on to win seven of its final nine games and made the playoffs.
In the offseason, the Bulls asked Jake Colson of Texas to be the defensive coordinator. He had the luxury of working with eight returning starters.
"Jake has come in and done an excellent job with this group," coach Max Warner said. "I know Chamberlain was missing some guys, but we didn't give them a whole lot of breathing room either."
Bloomingdale has guys such as linebacker Landon Moody and defensive back Levi Williams who have big-time stats and big-time offers. But the key to the defense starts up front with linemen Malik Womack, Quinton McCoy and Ethan Mcaniff. That trio can stuff the run and apply pressure.
Most of the offensive production was provided by Charles Montgomery. The multipurpose back scored on pair of short runs and on a 37-yard pass from Lance Alderson. Dominic Gonnella also scored on a short run.