LARGO — On just the third play of the game Friday, junior running back Diquan Walker took a handoff 20 yards for a touchdown, and Clearwater Central Catholic rolled from there 48-0 over Indian Rocks Christian.
Walker led the way for the Marauders (9-1), compiling 102 yards and two touchdowns on six carries in the fist half. Along with a touchdown from senior Domenic James, Walker gave Clearwater Central Catholic an early 21-0 lead, and they didn't look back.
"We got up on them early," coach John Davis said. "I think both teams wanted to rest their guys. They got their main guys out early, and didn't play a couple key players. It got away from them a little bit tonight."
Marauders quarterback Blake Gomez finished with 70 total yards in the first half. Linebacker Ethan Thompson also ran an interception back for a 35-yard touchdown.
Despite recovering two fumbles on defense, Indian Rocks Christian (6-4) was unable to score. The Golden Eagles failed to reach the red zone and were forced to punt eight times.
One of those punts was returned for a 38-yard touchdown by defensive back Trey Larry, making the score 28-0.
Beginning midway through the second quarter, both teams benched their starters and made way for the backups. Running back Eric Davis took advantage, finishing with 56 yards and a touchdown on the Marauders' final drive of the first half.
"I was happy with the way we came out and played," Davis said. "We've got Frostproof next week, and they're a good football team. I've personally never beaten them, so we've got to get ready, prepare and do the things we've done all year. Hopefully we stayed healthy tonight and didn't get anyone banged up too badly."