TAMPA — On a day that looked like it might be a characteristic barn burner, with junior tailback Robert Davis 276 yards from 2,000 yards, Class 2A, District 5 surprised again. Calvary Christian put up more than 300 yards of offense, held Davis to under 100 yards rushing and lost to Carrollwood Day 28-21.
“We did prepare for Davis this week and I credit defensive coordinator James Carey,” Calvary coach Dave Bonchi said.
What the Warriors (4-5, 3-5) were not prepared for was junior receiver Andy Embody. Embody took a screen pass from senior quarterback Deuce Gruden 54 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. Gruden led an 85-yard drive that carried into the second quarter and was capped by an 18-yard touchdown run from Davis. The Warriors closed that gap before halftime when junior quarterback Derek Barnes hit an open Julian Brodie in the corner of the end zone to make it 14-7.
Calvary came out running in the second half, mixing it up creatively. It scored when Derek Barnes took an option right, got the corner and scooted in for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Davis could no longer be held back and he broke an 80-yard return for a touchdown to stretch the lead back out to 21-13.
The Patriots (6-4, 4-4) engineered another great drive thanks to some tough running from Gruden that set up a touchdown pass to senior receiver Dillon Floyd from 4 yards out.
“That was a nice way to cap the drive and end the season for Deuce and Dillon,” Patriots coach Lane McLaughlin said.
Calvary brought in freshman quarterback Jeremy Wood, who got the Warriors back in the game with a 26-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Bradley Jordan. Wood completed several passes to Jordan on the drive. The two-point conversion cut it to 28-21 Pats.
The Warriors forced a punt, got the ball back but a forced throw was picked off by Embody and CDS was able to run out the clock.
Gruden finished 11 of 17 passing for 115 yards. He also rushed for 50 yards and scored two touchdowns. Wood was 6 of 8 passing for 70 yards with a touchdown on the final two drives.
“We really threw that kid (Wood) to the fire and he’s responded; he’s amazing,” Bonchi said.