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Football: Bishop McLaughlin 28, Merritt Island Christian 7

The Hurricanes rallied from a one-point halftime deficit to score 22 unanswered points in the second half Friday and earn a trip to the playoffs in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference.

"We turned this thing around," first-year coach Derrick Alexander said of a team that lost its first five games but has won four in a row. "I'm so excited for the kids. … I've been telling them the whole time, if we can get hot at the right time, we're a very dangerous football team."

Bishop's offense proved dangerous in the second half. Quarterback RJ Perciavalle threw three of his four touchdown passes in the final two quarters. A.J. Beeble caught two of them, while Evan Barhonovich and Jordan Betancourt each had a touchdown catch for Bishop (4-5).

Betancourt also had an interception on a defense that played well late. Merritt Island Christian recovered its onside kick to start the second half, but Zack Lockhart and Bishop's defense stopped the drive.

"Then finally we started getting the wheels going," Alexander said.

The Hurricanes face Seven Rivers Christian next week.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

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Football: Bishop McLaughlin 28, Merritt Island Christian 7 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:40am]

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