CLEARWATER — Clearwater Central Catholic used an efficient offense and a bend-but-don't-break defense to defeat nonconference opponent Naples Lely. The Marauders were in control the entire night, going up 14-0 before lightning delayed the game in the middle of the second quarter. Sophomore C.J. Cotman scored on a 3-yard run when play resumed as CCC cruised to a 28-0 halftime lead.
Drive of the game: After Lely drove to the CCC 23-yard line on the third series of the game but couldn't score, Jeff Smith led the Marauders 77 yards on the next drive, capped by a 15-yard touchdown run for the first points of the game.
Play of the game: Smith rolled right and hit Dilan Scargle in stride with a perfect spiral for a 32-yard touchdown pass just before the half.
Stars of the game: Smith was 16-of-19 for 146 yards passing and rushed for 73 yards. Cotman ran for 112 yards on 13 carries. Jared Brown had an interception and a fumble recovery. Lely's Tupac Esme ran for 175 yards in a losing effort.
Stats of the game: Smith was 10-for-10 passing in the first half.
Final word: "I'm very pleased with our offense right now. I thought Jeff Smith was real sharp, and C.J. Cotman is an exciting player. He can run."— CCC coach John Davis
Rick Cantor, Times correspondent