TAMPA — Last year’s Carrollwood Day-Calvary Christian matchup was an 82-point barn burner in which the Patriots won their first district title.
With Patriot Robert Davis and Calvary’s Barnes brothers graduated, the 2013 matchup was sure to take a different tone — but it did not. Friday’s game burned more hay in more barns as the Patriots won 60-39.
“We don’t have a stadium, we don’t have 60 guys but we love to play football,” Patriots coach Lane McLaughlin said.
The tone was set from the opening kick. Calvary tried an onside kick, one of four tries, but was flagged, then kicked off to Patriot junior Elias Earley who took it 90 yards to the house. The Warriors answered with a 50-yard completion from junior Conor Regan (12-of-16 for 225 and four touchdowns) to freshman Graham Hoffman.
Then the big plays started going down. Senior Mike Smith (144 yards receiving, one TD) nabbed a 63-yarder that set up a Max Frankel touchdown. Regan hit Sedale Houston for a 65-yard TD and the score was 27-19 Patriots at the half.
The second half was all guts as fatigue began to set in for both squads. It was all Earley needed to run loose on the Warrior defense.
Earley broke a 70-yarder to make it 34-19 and ended the day with 151 yards and three overall touchdowns. Junior Willie Parker got going, scoring on two big runs and racking up 123 yards of his own.
Senior Dominic Cuono again led his team in tackling including one of two big stops that really drove the stake into the Warrior resolve. Cuono also had 90 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Warriors still had 479 yards of offense, and Regan to junior Jeremy Wood (107 yards, two TDs) was solid all day. Danny Giordano got it done the hard way, toting the rock 15 times for 127 yards.