LARGO — Thursday’s Class 2A, District 5 matchup between Indian Rocks Christian and Admiral Farragut came down to the wire as the Blue Jackets managed to outlast the Golden Eagles' second-half push for a 34-32 victory.
Junior running back Todd Macon put his Blue Jackets (5-1, 3-1) out front early after scoring the game’s first touchdown on a 19-yard run. It would be one of three trips to the end zone from Macon, who led all players with 173 yards on 25 carries.
IRC quarterback Casey Woods saw his first pass of the game intercepted by freshman defensive back Dontae McGee, who ran it 64 yards the other way for a score. Pressure was constant on Woods all night, and while the Golden Eagles grinded their way back into the game, the passing attack never managed to settle in as Farragut’s Diego Harris was in the backfield nearly every play. Woods went 7 for 25 with 152 yards and two touchdowns.
IRC running back Vinny Capobianco and wideout Sean Culkin managed to “ham and egg” their team down the field with timely contributions. Capobianco ran for 99 yards on only six rushes and scored all three of the Golden Eagles' rushing touchdowns. Culkin reeled in six catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
After the Blue Jackets offense stalled for most of the second half it was Culkin’s 42-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter that gave the Golden Eagles (4-2, 3-2) a shot at a game tying two-point conversion, which they couldn't convert with 13 seconds left in the game.
“They’re (Indian Rocks Christian) a great football team," AFA coach Chris Miller said. "They had no quit in them, but this is huge for us. It’s our third straight conference win. Not sure exactly where we stand right now but it’s a huge win.”