By: Matt Rothman
Marjory Stoneman Douglas football started the season 2-0. However, two minutes into their game against Deerfield Beach High School, Eagles quarterback Ryan Spallina suffered an unspecified injury and will miss the remainder of the season.
MSD then suffered injuries to a pair of linebackers and multiple starters throughout their lineup, leading to Head Coach Quentin Short turning to several inexperienced players the last few weeks.
Despite a strong effort Friday night against Monarch High School, where the Eagles held a 21-0 lead, MSD dropped their last three games. It is the first time since 2018 that the Eagles have lost more than two games in a season and the first time under Coach Short.
The Eagles fell to Deerfield Beach 29-2 during their homecoming game on September 17th. MSD then dropped one on the road to Boca Raton before their latest loss to Monarch.
“They came back this week and played extremely hard,” said Coach Short. “We were up 21-0 but turned the ball over on three straight possession in the third quarter.”
Monarch recorded a safety in the final minutes to move the Eagles to 2-3. Still, Matt Wilson had another strong game. He rushed for two touchdowns while Luke Evans returned an interception for a touchdown.
Up next, MSD will attempt to end their skid when they return home for the first time in a month when they play West Boca Raton Community High School. The kickoff for this District matchup will be on Friday, October 15th, at 7 p.m.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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