You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Spring football: Switch keys Spanish River over St. Andrew’s

Spanish River coach Bill Caesar made a change in his defense at halftime of Thursday’s spring game against St. Andrew’s and the tweak paid off, keying the Sharks to a 30-7 victory.

With the game tied at 7, Caesar switched the team’s defensive scheme from a 3-5 to a a four-front.

Thirty minutes later, Caesar smiled after making the right call.

“We started out in that 3-5, which (St. Andrew’s) was used to playing against and we knew that at halftime, we could switch things up to the four-front,” Caesar said. “They didn’t make an adjustment to the four-front and I think we’re more aggressive (in that formation).”

With more defensive lineman in the picture, the Sharks were able to not only pressure St. Andrew’s quarterback Wyatt Ruth into errant throws, but remove the Scots’ running game as an option entirely.

Caesar pointed to the usage of rising senior Sam Burton, who switched to nose guard as part of the formation switch, as a key factor in the defense shutting the Scots down in the second half.

“In the first half, they kept spreading us out because he was playing outside linebacker and we wanted to get him out of the box,” Caesar said of Burton. “We realized that if Sam’s out of the box, he’s a waste because they’ll keep throwing at him. We moved him in and put a younger guy in the box and we were able to get after the quarterback.”

Burton welcomed the switch.

“At halftime, we were tied and coach was telling us, ‘it’s zero-zero, we have to come out here and finish the game,’ ” Burton said. “We had 24 minutes and had to go all out.”

Burton also scored the game’s first touchdown, reaching the end zone with 16 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

St. Andrew’s Gadiel Cartagena tied the game at seven in the second quarter, but a touchdown reception by Spanish River’s Miguel Caraballo early in the third quarter gave the Sharks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

2017 Manchester Bombing: Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi reacts

The May 22 attack in Manchester, England was sobering for Jay Ajayi. (Getty Images) DAVIE–Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was dismayed by Monday’s deadly explosion in Manchester, England, which is about a four-hour drive from where he grew up in London.
Veteran Trinity Christian baseball team ready for state semifinals
Veteran Trinity Christian baseball team ready for state semifinals

Six Trinity Christian senior baseball players crossed the stage for graduation Tuesday night. They didn’t have any time to celebrate, though. After graduation, they and the rest of the reigning state champion Warriors baseball team traveled to Fort Myers to play in the Class 2A semifinals against Jacksonville-Christ’s Church Academy at...
Josh McRoberts opts in to return to Miami Heat for $6 million salary next season
Josh McRoberts opts in to return to Miami Heat for $6 million salary next season

Heat forward Josh McRoberts drives against Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in a game earlier this season.
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat could be headed to an amicable final breakup

With July 1 approaching, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat are expected to have an amicable separation. (Associated Press) Chris Bosh’s departure from the Miami Heat appears to be headed exactly as the organization had hoped.
That’s Jay Ajayi! Everyone’s recognizing this Miami Dolphin now
That’s Jay Ajayi! Everyone’s recognizing this Miami Dolphin now

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has arrived. But he says he can go higher. (Bill Ingram/The Post) DAVIE — A year ago, Jay Ajayi could walk through an airport unnoticed.
More Stories