CLEARWATER — The Warriors (2-1) came up 1 yard short with one second left in their 3A home game against the Royals (4-0) from Orlando.
After a missed First Academy field goal, Calvary started at its 20 trailing 26-18 with 2:37 to play. The Warriors drove the length of the field, and on fourth and goal Alex Laccabue connected with D'andre Ferguson for an 11-yard touchdown pass with one second left. On the two-point conversion, Laccabue dropped back to pass, was pressured and rolled to his right in a dash for the goal line but was stopped at the 1.
The Warriors had driven to the 5 in a little over a minute, setting up first and goal. But First Academy got a sack, then forced an incomplete pass before a false start penalty pushed Calvary to the 11 to set up the final touchdown.
The Royals scored on the game's opening drive when Alex Eleyssami threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Parker Mara. They scored on their next possession as well, with Mara's 15-yard run giving the visitors a 13-0 lead.
Calvary scored twice in the second quarter, a 2-yard run by Smash Lopez and a Laccabue-to-Ferguson pass of 3 yards with two seconds left in the half. The Warriors took their only lead in the third quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Laccabue to Amari Burney.
The Royals' offense was led by Rolous Frazier, who rushed for 180 yards and two second-half touchdowns. He scored from 5 yards out late in the third quarter, and burst through the middle for a 76-yard touchdown run in the final period to give First Academy a 26-18 lead.