All Miami Columbus players had heard all week was how they would finally lose to rival Belen Jesuit. Talk was centered how the defending 3A state runner-up would waltz over Christopher Columbus.
Well, it didn't happen, and other than a 7-0 lead on a short field early in the first quarter, the Belen Jesuit Wolverines continued to take a lesson on winning big games from its bigger and more talented rival.
With over 12,000 fans watching the game in a small college-like atmosphere, it was all about defense for the Explorers in a convincing 35-16 win.
With the large crowd cheering both teams on, it appeared that Belen would indeed be the team on this night when talented junior linebacker
blocked a punt and the Wolverines recovered at the Columbus 4-yard line. On the next play,
scored for a 7-0 lead. But just like last year when Belen roared out to a big lead, Columbus (2-0) came right back.
Using University of
on offense, and a defense, sparked by
, the Explorers put together a complete performance as they tuned up for Miami Northwestern in a few weeks.
Sumler, a senior wide receiver, helped to break the game open with three touchdown catches. He finished with 160 yards on four catches.Senior running back
and senior quarterback/kicker
ignited the offense.
had a solid game at linebacker for the Wolverines.
Some of the rising players for the future for Columbus included
(2012, DB, 6-1, 175),
(2012, RB, 5-9, 210),
(2012, DE, 6-1, 190),
(2012, DL, 5-10, 250),
(2012, 6-0, 250) and Belen transfer
(2013, RB, 6-1, 190).
One of the top players on Belen Jesuit is 2012 RB
, who had an impressive game in the state championship against Pensacola last year. Davis will be sidelined for three more weeks with a separated shoulder.
The Wolverines are loaded for the future as well with linebacker
a 5-10, 190-pounder, that many are calling the best football player ever at the school! There is also
(2012, RB, 5-10, 165),
(OL, 6-0, 270), Danny Admire, QB, 5-10, 170) and sophomore kicker