At Indian Rocks Christian in Largo
Spring game breakers: Indian Rocks Christian quarterback Blake Farver looked extremely efficient in his first look as the Golden Eagles' full-time starter. The junior-to-be threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Patric Yancey and added a 41-yard touchdown strike to Buddy Kaufman on fourth down later in the first half. … IRC fullback Lou Mason scored two touchdowns in goal-line situations, plunging in from the 1-yard line for the Golden Eagles' first score and from 2 yards out to put them up 35-0 late in the first half. … IRC running back Ethan Englebert had touchdown runs of 22 and 11 yards. … Tampa Cambridge quarterback Etienne Turner threw a 91-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dixon Phillips with four seconds left in the first half to account for the Lancers' only score. Phillips caught the ball at his own 40-yard line and outraced the Golden Eagles defense to reach paydirt. … Cambridge cornerback Ryan Campbell recovered an IRC fumble in the end zone to thwart a Golden Eagles' scoring opportunity.
Did you know?: Seven of Cambridge's football players also played on the Lancers' baseball squad that finished second at the Class A state tournament earlier this week. Those seven players had just three days of conditioning before putting on the pads for the first time this spring against IRC. … Cambridge coach Rick Shears said only two players on his defense had any prior playing experience. … With a comfortable 35-6 halftime lead, IRC played a number of eighth- and ninth-graders in the second half. … IRC did not attempt a punt all evening and scored on its first six drives. … Officials switched to a running clock midway through the third quarter.
Audible 1: "This game should give our offensive line more confidence. All spring, we've had a lack of offensive linemen. Without them, it's going to be impossible for us to go farther in the playoffs than we did last year."— Farver
Audible 2: "We've got probably six games next season that will be against opponents like (IRC) or better. This will give us a good look at what we need to do this summer. We needed this type of game to show the kids we need to work over the summer." — Shears
Bryan Burns, Times staff writer