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)

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

Bishop McLaughlin28
Merritt Island Christian7

Football: Bishop McLaughlin 28, Merritt Island Christian 7 11/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2011 11:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College World Series puts Florida Gators in elite company


    With Tuesday night's College World Series win, the Florida Gators put themselves in rare company.

  2. Bucs like their offensive line, but PFF, not so much


    As the Bucs prepare for training camp and the buildup to the 2017 season, no position presents more of a he-said-she-said dichotomy than offensive line.

    The Bucs have confidence in third-year left tackle Donovan Smith (76) as well as right guard J.R. Sweezy and center Ali Marpet, shown during mandatory minicamp this month.
  3. Sign up for our new daily News at Noon email newsletter


    The Tampa Bay Times will soon launch a daily newsletter called News at Noon. You can make sure to be among the first to receive it by signing up now.

  4. Rays morning after: Why Alex Cobb was out of the game and Alex Colome was in


    Alex Cobb obviously did a really good job pitching the first eight innings for the Rays on Tuesday.

    Alex Cobb said he had no problem with the decision, even though he had what would have been the Rays first complete game since May 14, 2016, in his sights.
  5. Florida beats LSU, wins first College World Series title


    OMAHA, Neb. — Maybe this wasn't Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan's best team. It is, however, his first national championship team.

    UF’s Nelson Maldonado, left, and Deacon Liput high-five after a run scores.