Posted: 5:10 pm Sunday, August 29th, 2010

It’s early, but Atlantic still looking for leadership 

By Matt Porter

The Eagles are trying to turn the page, but right now, it’s the same old story.

A kickoff classic loss to Miami-Booker T. Washington showed Atlantic coach Chris Bean that his team has talent, but hasn’t yet got it together.

“It’s a new season,” he said. “We’re trying to do different things, and put them in a new direction with the way we’re shaping our program. We’re trying to get them to see it that way. It’s tough.”

The Eagles come off an inconsistent 5-5 season that its share of behind-the-scenes trouble. Bean wants to turn the focus to the field, but he said the players on the field, well, need to focus more. And the Eagles have leaders, but it’s unclear who they are.

“I haven’t seen a guy that I really thought stepped up and said, ‘Hey, this is my team. This is how it needs to be done,'” he said.

In Friday’s 33-12 loss to Miami’s Booker T. Washington, the Eagles surrendered two blocked punts on special teams, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Booker T.’s defensive line pushed around Atlantic’s front, and the Eagles “sputtered” on offense, according to Bean.

“They were aggressive. I thought for the most part, we didn’t match that intensity,” said Bean. “You have to fight back, and we didn’t fight back.”

Atlantic opens with Pahokee on Friday, another team that looked shaky in the preseason. That game is nearly impossible to predict. If the Eagles don’t make progress Friday, they need to sort things out at Jupiter and Boynton Beach before hosting Dwyer on Oct. 1.

“We’re going to be competitive. We just have to clean it up,” said Bean.