JUPITER — Jupiter football’s road to rebuilding began with a 35-0 spring shutout against Jensen Beach on Friday.
It was an abrupt departure even from last year’s Jupiter team which finished 5-5, missing the playoffs but maintaining an average margin of loss of 9.6 points.
The Warriors’ heavyweight offense exited this offseason with head coach Tim Tharp after seven seasons at the helm, along with former starting running back Emonte Brown, who took his talents to Treasure Coast for his senior year.
New head coach Jason Kradman leads a team that will likely be characterized by its defense in the fall.
“Tonight was not a normal Jensen-Jupiter game,” Jensen head coach Tim Caffey said.
Jupiter has size on Jensen Beach, but not the power of the Falcons’ offensive trio: quarterback Gio Cascione, running back Dennis Palmer and wide receiver Nick Venezia.
Cascione led the night with three total touchdowns – two assists and a quarterback. His favorite target, Venezia, had two scores for the Falcons.
“They’ve had a really good connection since they started building it last year,” Caffey said of the transfers, Cascione from Connecticut and Venezia from West Virginia.
“Unfortunately they both got injured and they couldn’t finish the season, so this year they worked really hard in the weight room and are doing a great job.”
A passing snap for Jupiter resulted in a touchdown by way of fumble recovery from Jensen’s Julius Puryear.
Jensen even showed his depth, putting in the sophomore duo of running back Dy’lond Holmes and quarterback Vaughn O’Brien, who added a rushing touchdown.
“Jupiter and Jensen are not too different – same type of children who feel neglected. They play with a chip on their shoulder,” Caffey said.
Despite its size, Jupiter faces experience issues, returning just six starters and welcoming 38 sophomores to its roster.
“You could say the short weeks we have to prepare for when you’re trying to create a new offense or prepare for something are a bit more difficult for someone whose kids are young and I’ve been there,” said said Caffey. . “We were there last year, so I think they will be fine.”
“We’ve had a quick three weeks, and I got here two days before the start of spring, and I’m leaving tomorrow,” Kradman said, preparing to iron out the final details at his current Chicago home before finalizing his move to South Florida.
Benjamin transfer Logan Steiner and returning starter Edwin McCain promise that Jupiter has at least two players who can sustain the Warriors until they fire on all cylinders.
Although Steiner proved his talent with some flashy catches at receiver. He shone the brightest on safety, picking up a number of pass breakups, especially at a time when it looked like Jensen’s receivers could jump to snag six more on the board.
“We had a few guys in the high school backend who made a few plays,” Kradman said. “I’m delighted with our defence.”
Offensively, however, Jupiter is still at the drawing board.
“I think we played three quarterbacks tonight – just to try to get a look and give all three guys an opportunity. They had about a quarter each, so I think there are positives to take there,” Kradman said.
“We just have to do a better job up front, just giving them time in the running game and the passing game.”