ST. PETERSBURG — The Barons were already assured of a winning season regardless of Friday’s outcome.
But with an overpowering 51-7 win over Northside Christian, St. Petersburg Catholic (7-3) heads into the playoffs with a lot of confidence. The Barons also bring along their first winning record since 2005.
After the Barons took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, they recovered an onside kick. Though they didn’t score on the drive, the tone was set.
The Barons’ defense stifled the Mustangs (3-7) and repeatedly dropped their players behind the line of scrimmage. In doing so, they gave the offense a short field. That allowed a punt return for a touchdown and five scoring drives that started inside the 50 .
“We’re talented and we’re physical,” said Barons coach Steve Dudley. “I love our toughness.”
Running back Tony Jones had an impressive night, rushing for 157 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.
For the Mustangs, Fiante Bell carried the ball 15 times for 62 yards and a score. That touchdown came with less than a minute in the game.
The Barons lost to Cardinal Mooney 14-12 earlier this year.