Father Lopez’s (3-4, 1-1) offense took too long to get into the game, and the Green Wave was defeated by the Maclay Marauders 17-14 Friday, Oct. 17, at Alumni Stadium.
The Green Wave’s offense didn’t cross the 50-yard line until the third quarter, and they fumbled doing so. They gave up the ball three times to the Marauders, fumbling twice and throwing an interception in the fourth quarter.
Father Lopez managed to score on two touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the game, both 10 yard runs by Brandt Williams. On both drives, Williams did most of the work on the ground. The Green Wave threw the ball just once on the two scoring drives, which led to the draining of the clock at the end of the game.
When asked about his lack of trust in the passing game, coach Jason Dunlap said, “We just wanted to change up. You have to find what works, and running was working for us.”
Father Lopez’s defense, on the other hand, played exceptional. They sacked Maclay’s quarterback an astounding 11 times. Those who contributed to their sack total were: Hogan Wilder, Micah Mirino, C.J Williams (3), Roman Mack (4) who also had a fumble recovery, Zach Polans and Juwan Ross.
“The defense was phenomenal,” Dunlap added. “John Cheney does a good job with those boys. They spent too much time on the field. Too many dropped passes killed us tonight.”
Father Lopez will play Seffner Christian Friday, Oct. 24, at Alumni Stadium.
The 2014 Father Lopez homecoming court were seniors Adelina Feuerbacher and Michael Cain.