Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Admiral Farragut defense clamps down on Clearwater Central Catholic

CLEARWATER — Admiral Farragut, beaten soundly in its most recent outing by Bradenton Christian, had one primary goal when it took the court Friday night at Clearwater Central Catholic.

"We wanted to come out strong," Blue Jackets guard Chris Myrick said.

AFA will have to settle for finishing that way.

After a sluggish start in which the Blue Jackets trailed by six early, AFA recovered thanks largely to some strong defense to win handily, 50-36.

"You've got to give the opponent some credit," AFA coach Sylvio Brutus said. "CCC is a well-coached team and it showed. I think there was some residual of (the loss to Bradenton Christian). But once we got going, we started playing the way we're capable of playing."

After CCC (2-4) jumped out to a 14-8 first-quarter lead, it was all AFA (5-1) after that.

And the reason?

"It started with our defense," Brutus said.

Marauder shots that initially went uncontested started to get challenged, lanes that once were open closed, and attempts that at first went in, suddenly didn't.

On the other end, Farragut started to get hot.

By the end of the first, it was 14-all. By halftime, AFA led 29-24. Midway through the final quarter, the lead was 18 and the game was over.

Myrick led the Blue Jackets with 19 points, Joe Lampley had 12 and Chance Russell added 10.

"We knew we had to start executing," Myrick said. "We had to dig in."

Admiral Farragut50
Clearwater Central Cath.36

Admiral Farragut defense clamps down on Clearwater Central Catholic 12/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 10:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Fennelly: Bucs' Roberto Aguayo has his backers, no matter how many kicks he misses


    He was perfect Friday, and not just because he didn't have to kick.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) takes a photo with fans following the first day of training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  2. Rookie Kendell Beckwith pleased with first Bucs practice


    Bucs rookie linebacker Kendell Beckwith is eight months and a week removed from November surgery to repair a torn ACL, so there was a proud sense of accomplishment in getting himself healthy enough to be on the field for the opening practice of training camp Friday.

    Bucs inside linebacker Kendell Beckwith (51) defends tight end Cameron Brate (84) during the first day of training camp. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Criticism part of the game for Bucs' Gerald McCoy, who is chasing 'ghosts'


    Who crossed the line with their criticism of Gerald McCoy?

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy jokes with teammates during the first day of training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  4. 2-year-old girl shows football team how its done


    ST. PETERSBURG — Football players may dread summer workouts, but not two-year-old Sophie Rosendale. She loves joining her father, St. Petersburg offensive line coach Mike Rosendale, three times a week for the Green Devils summer conditioning. Not only does she shout encouragement like her dad, she also straps on …

    Sophie Rosendale, 2, front, warms up with offensive lineman during practice at St. Petersburg High School, Wednesday. Rosendale is the daughter of offensive line coach Mike Rosendale. "She has been coming to practice for about one year," said Rosendale who has been a coach at the the school for 10 seasons. "She likes to show the players the proper techniques." [Photo/  Mike Rosendale]