TAMPA — Carrollwood Day (1-2) righted the ship Thursday with a 49-22 rout of Shorecrest (1-1). The Patriots led 20-7 at halftime before an explosive third quarter ran the score up to 41-7 on the back of some splash plays, many courtesy of junior Michael Smith.
"This was our get-back game; it was good for the whole team. We played as a whole today," Smith said.
Smith and senior quarterback Taylor King hooked up for three touchdowns, and Smith finished with five catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns.
The Patriots struck hard and early in the third with a 45-yarder to Smith, a 28-yard touchdown run from junior Willie Parker, and a 52-yard touchdown run from junior Elias Earley. Junior Max Frankel, who was tenacious in short-yardage situations, also scored.
Shorecrest junior Chad Swindell gained more than 100 yards in the first half. Junior quarterback Travis Dugan had rushing and passing touchdowns.
"We struggled the first couple weeks but we came out today and we played like a family and we won," Smith said.
Andy Warrener, Times correspondent