SARASOTA — Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis is always trying to figure out ways to get senior Trey Larry the ball. Against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, Larry showed why as he scored on an 81-yard screen pass and a 66-yard punt return Friday to lead the Marauders to a 17-7 victory.
"(Larry) has been unbelievable this year," Davis said. "He gets the ball twice and scores. You think the guy calling the plays, that would be me, would learn to get him the ball more."
On the Marauders' first series, Blake Gomez found Larry on a short middle screen that he turned into an 81-yard score. Matt Fosnacht made it 7-0.
The Cougars started their first drive with a 30-yard halfback pass, but that was their only big play of the night. The CCC defense held Cardinal Mooney to 80 yards of offense and racked up eight sacks.
"Our defense can run and that's what we do well," Davis said. "We wanted to get that fourth shutout but that's really hard to do."
In the second quarter CCC (4-1) added a 42-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead. On their next possession the Cougars blocked a punt and were threatening before a sack and missed field goal ended the threat.
To open the third quarter, the Cougars recovered an onside kick and drove for their only points. Halfback Alex Sobczak found Blair Perry on a 4-yard pass.
The teams traded possessions before Larry put away the game with his 66-yard punt return for a touchdown.
"I'm disappointed with our run game, and I felt we were out played and outcoached," Davis said. "But I'll take an ugly win over a great loss any day."