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University School wallops Homestead

8/29/2013, 9 a.m.

Homestead was regarded the underdog in their preseason 41-21 loss to University School (Fort Lauderdale) at Cypress Bay High School (Weston) last weekend for many reasons, mainly because University School is the reigning Class 3A state champion and ranked number 21 in the country. But Homestead has its own challenges: a program in the middle of another rebuilding year that has its third coach in as many years.

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“We were unfortunate in our preparation,” said Larry Coffey, Homestead head coach. “We’ve got something to build on.”

The Broncos have had some difficult seasons in the past — going 5-5 in 2011 and 6-3 in 2012. But their coach says win-loss records don’t always tell you about the talent or toughness of the squad. Homestead’s roster includes University of Florida-bound and nationally-recognized receiver Ermon Lane as well as the undersized, but big-hearted quarterback Maurice Alexander, who threw two touchdown passes last week for 253 yards.

Alexander also had to rely on his running game a lot because Lane, who was not 100 percent according to Coffey, was heavily covered.

“There were some good things, but there were an awful lot of bad things,” Coffey said. “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves; we have to get back to work on Monday.”

“They have a lot of talent, but they’re under a new scheme and it’ll take some time to adjust,” said Roger Harriot, University School head coach.

Homestead, who started to show some signs of life last season, missing the playoffs after a close district tie-breaker with Carol City and Northwestern, under former head coach Patrick Burrows, who is now an assistant principal at Richmond Heights Middle School, will have its work cut out for it in districts with opponents Central, Northwestern, Carol City, and the newest addition, Norland.

Burrows, who was on the sideline before the game said that he is happy to be part of the program and that he believes in Coffey’s abilities.

“I support him,” Burrows said. “He’s had some pretty organized and disciplined teams at Palmetto.”

The Broncos head to Broward to play Boyd Anderson (0-1) Friday at 7 p.m.