CLEARWATER — Admiral Farragut’s punishing defense and relentless running attack staggered Calvary Christian early and often as the Blue Jackets defeated their Class 2A, District 5 rival 38-7 on Friday.
In the second quarter, Blue Jackets defensive end Demetrius Lewis exploded through the offensive line to block a punt and return it 5 yards for a 7-0 lead.
“We had a big special teams play early on, which really jump-started us,” AFA coach Chris Miller said. “We got blood in the water and the kids played hard.”
AFA (6-1, 4-1) forced three three-and-outs in Calvary’s first six possessions of the first half. Defensive lineman Leo Corrigan Jr. had two sacks and a forced fumble in the first quarter.
In his first action since coming off an injury, USF commit Rayshawn Jenkins joined in, hitting Calvary quarterback Jeremy Wood in the open field to end the half.
“That all comes with the responsibility of being a defensive back,” Jenkins said. “You can’t just cover. You have to come up for the run and hit.”
AFA workhorse junior running back Todd Macon gained 150 yards on 24 carries. Macon had a 28-yard run, then quarterback Kyle Craichy found Jenkins on a 29-yard fade route for a touchdown, making the score 28-0 in the third quarter.
Sophomore Napoleon Maxwell added touchdown runs of 36 and 1 yard. Calvary (3-3, 2-3) had no answer for AFA’s running game.
“This district’s crazy,” Macon said. “There’s a lot of great talent in this district and a lot of great teams. Everybody comes out hard every Friday.”