CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian (2-0) started slowly Friday but fortunately for the Warriors, so did Northside Christian (1-1).
After a 46-point performance last week, the Mustangs were shut out against a relentless defense combined with big plays for a 28-0 Warriors victory.
Key plays: Despite a lack of offensive production in the first quarter, a blocked field goal and a fake punt provided plenty of excitement. Perhaps the most exciting play for Northside Christian came when coach Mike Alstott chose to fake a punt on fourth and 8. Just inside Calvary territory, senior fullback Noah Simpson moved the chains after an 18-yard gain. Special teams came into play again on the drive thanks to a Doug Murphy blocked field goal for the Warriors on an attempt by Caleb Yawn.
Key drive: After a scoreless first quarter, the Warriors got on the board when Amari Burney took a direct snap 20 yards for the touchdown. The Mustangs hung tight throughout most of the half, but two late touchdown passes gave Calvary a commanding 21-0 halftime lead. Burney, a Florida commit, hauled in an 81 yard touchdown reception before D'Andre Ferguson added a 62-yarder.
Stars of the game: Northside Christian tailback Marcus Hooks was unable to penetrate the Warriors defense. He rushed for just 44 yards on 19 carries. Calvary quarterback Alex Laccabue completed 5 of 10 for 163 yards, with 143 of those coming on the touchdown throws to Burney and Ferguson. The Calvary backfield was impressive as well. The combination of Keoki Abasial and River Wood combined for 141 yards rushing on 13 carries.