Make us your home page
Instagram

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: Carrollwood Day 42, Imagine School of North Port 7

TAMPA — Carrollwood Day started its 2012 campaign with a bang. The Patriots dropped 21 points on the Imagine School of North Port before the first two minutes of Friday's game ticked away. They built a 35-0 halftime lead on the way to a 42-7 victory and were able to get reps for their second-team athletes against the Sharks, who are in just their first year of team football.

"You guys (Sharks) remind me a lot of us five years ago when we started out," Patriots coach Lane McLaughlin said as he addressed both teams. "You fought hard, you played to the whistle and you have 29 guys already — you're off to a great start."

Senior tailback Robert Davis drew first blood for the Patriots when he scooped up a Shark fumble and took it 30 yards for a score on the third play of the game. Patriots defensive lineman Adam Morse recovered a Shark fumble on their next play, then Davis ran it in from 8 yards on the Patriots' next play. On the Patriots' next possession, quarterback Vidal Woodruff found senior receiver Andy Embody with separation down the sideline and hit him in stride for a 40-yard touchdown.

"This game gave me tons of confidence," Woodruff said. "I feel like I can throw any pass to anyone on this team right now."

The Sharks' option-run offense was moderately successful early. They opened holes and got the chains moving but Carrollwood Day stopped them each time. It was not until the Patriots started making defensive substitutions that the Sharks broke through and got their touchdown.

Davis had only 11 carries but got 136 yards closer to his goal of all-time Hillsborough County rushing champion. He also had two rushing touchdowns. Woodruff was 3-for-3 for 75 yards and a touchdown. Senior Nate Lewis, back after a 10-month rehab assignment, got his first cracks on offense and defense in a long time.

"It feels great to be back," he said.

Lewis caught two passes for 28 yards and made some key stops on defense. The Patriots face their first district opponent in Keswick Christian next Friday.

Football: Carrollwood Day 42, Imagine School of North Port 7 08/31/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 31, 2012 10:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. History shows Ole Miss upheaval tough to overcome

    College

    After Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, with the opener six weeks away, offensive line coach Matt Luke is being thrown into an interim head coaching position. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations.

    After coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State went 6-7, including a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, in 2011.
  2. Bucs add top executive from MLS to business side

    Blogs

    The Bucs have hired a top executive from Major League Soccer to their business operations in Atul "AK" Khosla, who has spent the last six years as chief operating officer of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.

    Atul Khosla, 38, spent the last six years as chief operating officer of MLS' Chicago Fire. He joins the Bucs as their new chief corporate development and brand officer.
  3. Minors also a training ground for umpires with big-league dreams

    The Heater

    Umpire Tom Fornarola, 23, left, and Taylor Payne, 24, facing, talk before the start of the Gulf Coast League game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at the Tigertown complex in Lakeland, Fla. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
  4. For starters: Souza not in lineup vs. Rangers

    Blogs

     

  5. Remember that famous Fred McGriff TV commercial? He's back, in a parody

    Blogs

    If you've ever seen Fred McGriff's TV commerical for Tom Emanski's Defensive Drills video it will always be fresh in your mind, with the deadpan delivery and famously ill-fitting cap.

    Fred McGriff in his new commercial for Chassis, a men's grooming line, that looks a lot like his old one.