Excessive College Soccer: Wellington hosts the Spring Jamboree
WELLINGTON – After Thursday’s soccer jamboree with Royal Palm Beach, Forest Hill and Wellington High School, all three coaches believe their teams have a chance at success in the fall by getting bigger and stronger in the summer.
The Jamboree – in this case Spring Scrimmages – saw all three schools face each other at some point in the night, but it was Wellington who stood out the most, beating Royal Palm and Forest Hill 2-0.
After beating Royal Palm Beach 20-0 in the first game, the Wolverines took a break before beating Forest Hill 15-6 in the third game. While the defense looked unstoppable on Thursday night, it was the offensive – led by quarterback Ryan Anthony, who had three touchdowns on Thursday – that looked flawless on the field against both teams.
Both Wellington and Forest Hill secured victories against Royal Palm as the Wildcats were the only winless team of the night, losing 22-0 to the Falcons.
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Same Royal Palm Beach, different faces
Wildcats trainer Darin DeCosta will have his hands full ahead of the 2021 season. After being banned from both games, he said the team will focus on getting back to working with whoever it has.
“We’re rebuilding everything and it’s not the proliferation crime we’re used to. We don’t have the boys, ”he said. “We have to be more disciplined and we have to get stronger and we just have to perform with one goal.”
One of the guys he won’t have is quarterback Peyton Mainolfi, who is graduating this spring and going to play soccer at Bethany College, Kansas. In 2019, Mainolfi threw for 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns and was honored with an Honorable Mention on the Palm Beach Post All-County team in the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic.
Thursday night was a glimpse of who Royal Palm Beach will be leaning on at the start of the season, as the Wildcats had Jason Worthen and James Williams at the quarterback in the meantime.
“We have seen good things with everyone [Thursday night]”Said DeCosta.” We’re trying to do different things so people will play us different ways so we can get ourselves into better situations, but we’ll have to wait until August to find out. “
New coach, new scheme in Wellington
When Danny Mendoza was hired as Wolverines’ next head coach in March, he knew he needed to replace the nine-year familiarity left by former coach Tom Abel, who is now the offensive line coach at Campbell High School in Georgia. After 2-0 at the Jamboree, it looks like it will work.
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Mendoza said he plans to take some of what he learned while serving as assistant coach at Red Bank Regional, New Jersey and Apopka High School, and his players appear to be at it already.
“Red Bank Regional had a great head coach who always held me accountable as the offensive coordinator and made sure I knew why I was doing things and not just calling games,” he said. “Apopka is great for a reason: take the recipe they have and try to bring some of these things here, like great camaraderie, great fellowship, getting parents to lead the people to the games, the kids to keep in school and avoid trouble and in their academics. “
Not a draper? No Jeter? No problem for Forest Hill
With Jalen Jeter and Donovan Draper’s quarterback / wide receiver duo graduating, head coach Jim Basford still had a few gaps to fill in his first year. Jeter was the first post school team in all counties after completing a total of 1,206 yards and 12 touchdowns in four games. Draper made the second team and will play soccer for Navy.
“It’s really hard to say that you could ever really replace a Donovan Draper or a Jalen Jeter,” said Basford. “These kids are phenomenal soccer players.”
One player he believes will have a great season is aspiring senior athlete Dmitry Peters, who has played all over the field since his first year.
“Dmitry Peters will be one of Palm Beach County’s best players,” he said. “I talked to him about moving to quarterback and he’s ready to go. He’ll play quarterback, he’ll play safety, he won’t leave the field. I’m going to be leaning really hard on him to pull the strings on either side of the ball. “