First Baptist Academy looked like a finely tuned machine Thursday night, shutting out Bishop Verot 48-0 in their home spring game.
The Lions were forced into a three and out their first possession but scored five touchdowns on their next seven possessions to take a commanding 34-0 lead at the half.
“I think the defense set the tone for us, they did a great job,” First Baptist coach Billy Sparacio said. “We came out and punted right off the bat and weren’t running the ball as clean as we like. I think the defense set the tone, we had a pick right away.”
The First Baptist defense had eight takeaways, five of which were interceptions thrown by Verot starting quarterback sophomore Quinn Farrell.
Farrell went 2-for-12 for 36 yards in an offense built around the passing game. Verot coach Phil Dorn said the amount of miscues from Farrell was new to him.
“We haven’t seen that in practice so we were all shocked on that one,” Dorn said. “Quinn is usually a pretty accurate passer and we have over time been building our offense around him. We planned to do a lot of throwing tonight but he just wasn’t quite in sync.”
First Baptist is in the midst of a quarterback race between freshman Tyler Dean, the son of former University of Florida quarterback Terry Dean, and eighth-grader Jack Bueltel.
Dean was 4-for-10 for 91 yards with two passing touchdowns and Bueltel was 5-for-9 for 65 yards with one touchdown through the air.
Dean said the coach wouldn’t make a decision until the fall but both were seen cheering for each other on the sidelines throughout the win.
“I’m just going to keep playing as good as I can and go out there and get the win,” Dean said. “Hopefully we will see more passing. We looked good tonight. We worked hard in the spring and it really showed.”
Sophomore Christian Rodriquez was all over the field for the Lions, grabbing two interceptions and running for a 17-yard touchdown to go along with a 44-yard touchdown reception.
Tyler Brecher hauled in two touchdown passes from the Lions. Dean and Bueltel had one each.