Friday, September 18, 2020

Lely Passes Spring Test

Bodies fly as Lely stops a Blanche Ely drive.

Bodies fly as Lely stops a Blanche Ely drive.

By Roger LaLonde

There were both good and bad plays, but more good ones, in Lely’s 33-27 win over Blanche Ely in its spring game on May 20.

Blanche Ely traveled to Lely from Pompano Beach to play in a steady downpour in the first half that saw the Trojans take the lead and stay ahead.

Both teams had breakaway plays, yet each had great moments on defense.

A major defensive thrust for Lely came as the seconds wound down in the second quarter, but a lapse on defense set up the possible score for Blanche Ely.

The Trojans had the Tigers buried at its own one-yard line, but a risky screen pass in the end zone resulted in

Coach Maurice Belser runs onto the field to congratulate his defense for a successful goal line stand at the end of the second quarter.

Coach Maurice Belser runs onto the field to congratulate his defense for a successful goal line stand at the end of the second quarter.

a breakaway run to the Lely nine-yard line. One play later the Tigers were at the two. That’s when the Lely defense became a stone wall, keeping the Tigers out of the end zone as time expired for the half.

Lely quarterback Jacquez Carter ran for 101 yards and threw for 181 more, including two touchdown passes. Some of those yards in both cases came after Carter was forced out of the pocket as the Tigers defensive line had the edge in size over Lely.

Defensively, Lely’s line did well, but the lack of a consistent pass rush and key mistakes by the defensive backs led to all four of the Tigers’ scores. Pass plays of

Lely senior Tre Popoli sings the national anthem.

Lely senior Tre Popoli sings the national anthem.

35, 89, 16 and 14 yards gave them their touchdowns.

One play showed how coach Maurice Belser teaches to play out a play. Lely fumbled and it appeared the Tigers had recovered, but tackle Rolph Tanis battled under the pile-up to steal it back.

Lely’s defense, led by linebacker Will Glasser, confused the Tigers at times, causing two forced timeouts. The defense stopped one drive when Glasser blasted a Tigers runner, causing a fumble that Luc Thelice recovered.

Lely kicker Noah Reich showed he’s the front-runner for the job. He made good on three extra points and two field goals.

Overall there were many bright spots, giving Lely a positive outcome as it heads to summer workouts.

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