TAMPA — When Clearwater Central Catholic's final play was stopped at the Marauders' 40 to give Berkeley Prep a 24-17 win, Al Pisano, who was standing on the sideline, couldn't help but smile. The last time the Buccaneers beat CCC, he had been their coach.
The year was 1985.
"This is big," Pisano said. "This is terrific."
And for Berkeley Prep, it's also significant.
A year ago the Bucs failed to win a district game. On Friday night they moved to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in Class 2B, District 6. They have won four straight since dropping their opener.
A handful of miscues by CCC (3-3, 0-1) that the Bucs converted into points, including:
• A CCC lost fumble on the first play of the game. Three plays later, the Bucs went ahead on a 13-yard pass from Destin Nichols to Nick Orobello.
• A 6-yard Marauders punt early in the second quarter that gave Berkeley Prep the ball at the CCC 22. On the next play, Nichols found Jordan Crockett for a touchdown, which put Berkeley Prep ahead 14-7.
• A CCC punt that was blocked and recovered by Reggie Barnes in the end zone for a touchdown with 1:09 left in the third quarter. That gave the Bucs a 24-10 lead.
"What we did is implode," CCC coach Mike Jalazo said.
Still, the Marauders were in it almost until the end.
A 63-yard scoring strike from Eric Miller to Chris Taylor on the first play of the fourth quarter closed the Marauders to within 24-17. After that, one CCC possession ended with a punt and another was thwarted by two Berkeley Prep sacks.