Despite a 4-6 record last year, St. Cloud showed some explosive offensive capabilities in those four wins, all coming at the end of the year.
The Bulldogs kept it up in its spring game Friday, scoring 42 points in one half against Poinciana and posting a 56-21 win in three quarters of varsity action.
The Eagles, with the county’s only new head coach for 2019 (Randy Beeken) did the same, tacking on two more scores in a quarter of JV action, leading to there being a lot of happy people on each sideline at Tom Gannarelli Field.
Yards and touchdowns were aplenty. With quarterbacks Garhett King and Koron Perrin — who both started games last season — on the field at the same time, St. Cloud used a screen pass option play twice, a 36-yard Perrin-to-Romeo Medina connection on their first play, and a 51-yard bomb to Tyler Ford that set up Perrin’s nine-yard scoring run on the next drive.
King, who earned the starting job in the last half of the year, was 10-for-14 for 199 yards and a 50-yard scoring strike to Perrin. The Bulldogs’ ground game was potent as well, piling up 270 yards on just 14 carries. Patrick Forsythe had touchdown runs of 75, 10 and 70 yards on his 4-for-160 night, and Ronny Ramos (from 32 yards) and Romeo Medina (17) added TD runs.
“It was a great spring, a great three weeks,” Bulldogs Coach Bryan Smart said. “We’re very happy how things went. You could feel how we maintained the momentum from the second half of last season.”
While his team was outscored, Beeken also said he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We came in hoping to score four times, and we had five (twice during the JV quarter),” he said. “We showed a big improvement (Friday) over where we were at the start of the spring against a high-caliber opponent who we inherited from the last coach. We’re still changing the culture here, so we’re going into a very, very important summer.”
New quarterback Justin Carpenter showed off an arm, going 18-for-33 for 339 yards and three touchdowns, strikes of 62 and 70 yards to Trey Genter and a five-yard slant to Alex Quinones. Carpenter was not sacked or intercepted. Genter finished with nine catches for 221 yards.