MSD varsity football faces off against Coral Glades in last game of regular season


Carolina Ochoa Lozano

Tight end Tucker Jean (17) stops with the football after a run into the sideline. Jean contributed towards the MSD Eagles’ 42-7 victory over Coral Glades High School.

Quincy Siffort and Josue Lopez

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School varsity football team had an away game against rival Coral Glades High School on Friday, Nov. 4. Coming into this highly anticipated game, MSD was looking for their seventh win of the season during Coral Glades’ senior night. Coral Glades, on the other hand, was looking to end their two-game losing streak, as well as finish their season with a win.

The Eagles came out early with back-to-back rushes for over 15 yards, leading to a touchdown by running back Justin Spano (3). After a missed extra point to follow the touchdown, MSD was up 6-0.

Soon after, MSD marched down the field lead by their great rushing attack and scored a 26-yard passing touchdown from quarterback Ryan Spalina (15) to wide receiver Clayton Cannon II (2). The touchdown brought MSD’s lead to 12 after a failed two-point conversion attempt.

“I saw there was one-on-one coverage on [Cannon II], and I had confidence that he would beat the defender,” Spallina said.

In the first drive of the second quarter, Coral Glades scored a touchdown to make it a 7-12 after driving down the field with ease.

MSD quickly punched back quickly with a rushing touchdown by Clayton Cannon Jr. (1), to put the Eagles up 20-7.

As momentum continued to build for MSD, their defense proved to be too much for the Jaguars. In the Eagles next possession, they scored another rushing touchdown by Spano, making it his second of the game and extending their lead to 28-7 at halftime.

“Their defense was undisciplined and I used it to my advantage when running,” Spano said.

To begin the second half, MSD continued to dominate as they scored another rushing touchdown by Cannon Jr., extending their lead to 35-7 in the first five minutes of the third quarter.

In the final minutes of the third quarter, MSD made a dagger after scoring another touchdown, putting the score at 42-7.

The Eagles eventually won 42-7 after dominating against one of their biggest rivals. This game gives the team some confidence as the post-season approaches and better teams are put in front of them.