SEFFNER — Calvary Christian coach Dave Bonchi feels his team's final record isn't indicative of the success it should have had. Close losses to Cambridge Christian, Keswick Christian, Bradenton Christian and Carrollwood Day knocked Calvary out of playoff contention, but Bonchi's team persevered when it could have quit on the season.
"We had a couple of close games that got away from us, and in our minds we should probably have a better record," Bonchi said. "In this district, it's a pretty good improvement from last year."
Calvary (5-5) finished its season on a high note, defeating Seffner Christian 23-20 on Thursday.
Seffner (6-4) couldn't slow Calvary's potent ground attack, which gained 306 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Derek Barnes led the Warriors with 39 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
"We controlled the clock and played Calvary football," Barnes said. "My line blocked well and they allowed me to go out and do it."
Up 10-7 in the second quarter, Calvary orchestrated a four-play, 40-yard drive with Barnes punching it in from 9 yards out. Stephen Rice scored from the 4-yard line to put Calvary up 23-14 after an unsuccessful two-point try.
Seffner quarterback Tanner Richardson found Brandon Ardley for a 59-yard touchdown pass on the following possession, making the score 23-20. The Crusaders had a chance with 12 seconds remaining, but Alex Leonard intercepted a pass to end the game.