CLEARWATER — Clearwater Central Catholic defeated Cardinal Mooney 27-13 Friday.
The Marauders scored first thanks to a bad snap on a punt. Justin Goodloe recovered the fumble at the Cardinal Mooney 6 and ran it in on the next play for a 7-0 lead.
Cardinal Mooney took advantage of a bad snap on a punt by CCC to score its first points as well, recovering the ball at the CCC 28. Alex Ojeda converted a 30-yard field goal and added a 29-yarder as time expired in the half.
The Marauders came out strong in the second half, scoring on their first drive on a 12-yard pass from Jake Shade to Domenic James. Joe Revenbark intercepted a pass to give CCC the ball at the Cardinal Mooney 25.
The Marauders took advantage with a 17-yard touchdown pass by Shade to Goodloe. After stopping Cardinal Mooney on downs at its 37, CCC drove for its final score, a 22-yard run by Diquan Walker.
"We had some sloppy play in the first half but we did a very good job in the second half offensively and defensively," CCC coach John Davis said.
Colby Cole, Times correspondent