Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) rebounded from a season opening loss to Pahokee, pulling away from Jupiter High School for a 34-14 win last Friday night. Virginia Tech quarterback recruit Mark Leal turned in a big game for the Eagles (1-1), amassing 268 yards passing and five touchdown passes.
“I was in my rhythm. I was in my zone and the offense was clicking,” said the 6-1, 185-pound senior signal caller. “That’s how I want to be every night. I try to go for 250-plus yards a game and have a high completion percentage. That’s what I expect out of myself every game.”
Completing only 11 passes in 26 attempts the previous week served as sufficient motivation.
“I kind of made myself have a big game,” Leal said. “Anytime after a loss, I try to come out and prove myself. I try to come out and put up big numbers like I did.”
Team-wise, Leal says, “I think we’re back on a roll now. After the first game, we bounced back and got a big win last week. This week, we play Boynton Beach. They’re not too bad. They are athletic and they have good playmakers on the team. We’ll win, but it shouldn’t be a blowout. They should give us a good test.”
Two of Leal’s five touchdown passes went to Ohio State recruit James Louis, a wide receiver Virginia Tech offered and was in serious contention for at one point. Another went to another senior receiver the Tech staff may be eyeing.
“We try to get James the ball as much as possible, but other teams know who he is,” Leal said. “Other teams will double, sometimes triple cover him. James is my main go-to-guy, but we also have another wideout. He is another player to transfer in this year. He’s also a big-time player. He is actually our leading receiver. Virginia Tech has been taking a look at him ever since he got here. Louisville and Ole Miss have offered.”
Who is this other receiver?
“His name is Quadrius Mireles,” Leal said. “He’s about 6-0 tall. He is our fastest receiver. Once he’s in the open field, he pretty much makes everybody miss. He can breakout for big yards.”
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