This year has been a historical one for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School varsity football team. With five straight wins, each by 14 points on average, the Eagles have made it clear that they have high goals and plan on attaining them with hard work, dedication and drive.
Keeping these goals in mind has allowed the football team to roll through September and into October with momentum.
The Homecoming game, on Friday, Oct. 10, had the Douglas Eagles playing against West Broward High School in what might have been their game with the highest stakes.
When the Eagles took to the field, they were entering the battle for their undefeated season and playoff hopes in front of one of their largest crowds.
The West Broward Bobcats, who entered this game with just one win, clearly were not ready for the speed and athleticism that MSD brought to the table.
After a slow first quarter that featured specifically strong defensive play from the MSD linebacking core, MSD offense and defense exploded for 23 more unanswered points in the second quarter.
With a 26-0 lead at the half, MSD was yet again comfortably leading early. Week after week, this quick destruction of opponents is paving the road to victory.
After polishing off West Broward in the second half, the scoreboard read 36-0. Going final at this score, MSD had defeated their homecoming game opponent.
Even though MSD has put up 30 or more points in every game this year, this is the first shutout that the defense has concocted.
This statistic speaks to MSD’s determination to absolutely suffocate teams and punish them when they get the ball back on offense.
“We’ve been looking for a shutout all year; it was our objective and a big goal. Felt really good about ourselves because we had an interception, over five sacks, a safety and balled out. We had a really good night, and played as a unit,” Senior linebacker (48), Baar Machluf said.
The defense has started to unite as the Eagles make their postseason push and attempt to bring success and championships back to MSD.
MSD will look to roll this momentum over into their matchup against the Titans of Nova High School, this Friday, Oct.17 at Nova High School beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Titans have yet to win a game this year and should be another opportunity for MSD to show their talent as they attempt to close out a perfect regular season.