Make us your home page

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: Clearwater Central Catholic 44, Admiral Farragut 3

CLEARWATER — As with any good team, momentum is usually generated by the defense.

Friday night, some soul-crushing, fourth-down stops in the first half made Clearwater Central Catholic even more unbeatable as the Marauders cruised past district challenger Admiral Farragut 44-3 for their second straight Class 3A-5 championship.

"Defense wins championships, and we always like to get the momentum going," said mobile linebacker Ethan Thompson, who had seven tackles on the night, including a fourth-and-3, second-quarter jailbreak at the CCC 13-yard line that became a big 6-yard loss.

"It helps our offense a lot, that's for sure."

Starting off with an interception by Demetri Royer at his own 30 followed by three straight stops on downs — two in the red zone — Clearwater Central Catholic (7-1, 4-0) shackled the Blue Jackets (4-3, 1-2) to just a 25-yard Sean Young field goal.

Even after inserting JV players in the later stages, the Marauders forced three more turnovers to run away with the convincing victory.

"When the defense plays good, the offense plays good," said senior running back and birthday boy Eric Davis. "It's great for the whole team and really gives us a lot of energy."

And when the Marauder offense is energized, watch out.

With weapons galore (11 players rushing for 325 total yards), CCC had six players reach the end zone and two athletes kick for points.

"There's no selfishness on this team," said Davis, who had 86 yards on the night. "Nobody cares about stats, all we care about is winning. Everybody on this team has a role and if we do our jobs, we win."

Davis wrapped up a solid 24 minutes of ball with a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the hosts what would be an insurmountable 23-3 halftime advantage.

And after the rout was done and the celebrating had begun, all that was left was for coach John Davis to call Eric up front so the team could sing "Happy Birthday" to him. A perfect serenade to end a championship Friday.

Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 44, Admiral Farragut 3 10/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:45am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”
  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays sure made it interesting Sunday, taking an early lead, watching their beleaguered bullpen blow it, rallying to tie in the ninth, battling the Twins to take a lead in the 14th then giving it up again.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    The Rays won because they got two innings of good relief from each of the two pitchers who contributed to them losing Saturday's game, Danny Farquhar (who again struck out Miguel Sano) and Tommy Hunter, who both posted zeroes.