TAMPA — Behind the strength of two Michael McDermott touchdown passes, Cambridge Christian raced to an early lead, then held off a fourth-quarter comeback by Bradenton Christian en route to a 21-14 victory Friday at Skyway Park.
It was a night of redemption for the Lancers, who lost to the Panthers 28-0 last season.
"Last year they waxed us pretty good," Cambridge coach Bob Dare said. "We're trying to turn a corner, and hopefully this is something that will help us continue to do that."
Junior Daniel Hamilton played a central role for the Lancers. The running back opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give his team a 7-0 edge.
With just more than eight minutes left in the game and Cambridge holding a 21-7 lead, Panther lineman Kenny Virgil stripped Hamilton of the ball and ran it in from 20 yards to pull Bradenton Christian within one touchdown.
Hamilton made the play of the game, however, stepping in front of Sean McCarthy's intended target, Adam Dumas, at the Lancers 30-yard line for an interception with 40 seconds left.
"My job was to cover the fullback," Hamilton said. "I saw him go, and got him. That's it."
"If Hamilton doesn't make that play, it's probably six points," Dare said. "After the fumble, I was proud of him for coming back like that."