PLANTATION KEY — A number of flaws exposed in the first three games of the Coral Shores High football team’s unbeaten run to start the season finally caught up with the Hurricanes.
Yet the overwhelming disappointment that came from the Hurricanes’ 35-0 loss to former coach Ed Holly at Westminster Christian was even more evidence Coral Shores believed that no matter the issues, they could find a way to overcome them.
Covering up those problems — mostly on defense — through their 3-0 start required the Hurricanes to have near-perfect performances from Chris Cooper and the running game with a few key defensive stops in scattered moments for Coral Shores to remain perfect.
But what came out of the loss to the Warriors is when Cooper is contained, the Hurricanes are going to have trouble.
Cooper was still good against Westminster, rushing for 115 yards in the first half and 120 overall to give him 626 yards during the first four games, but for the first time this season he was held out of the end zone, including on a 63-yard run when he was caught from behind.
Hurricanes quarterback Brian Lesko went 3-for-8 for 22 yards and added an 8-yard run, Osvaldo Vega had 65 rushing yards, and Lucas Dennis finished with a season-low 12 rushing yards.
The 35 points is not the most the Hurricanes have allowed this season; Coral Shores defeated True North Classic 49-43 in the second win of the season.
Last week, the Hurricanes allowed Palm Glades to score its season high of 14 points, so while Cooper and the offense should not always have to be near-perfect, the loss to the Warriors was a reminder of how thin the margins are for a team that struggles on defense.