FORT MEADE — Fort Meade's streak of district titles was challenged Friday by Clearwater Central Catholic.
The top-ranked Miners (9-0), missing six starters because of injuries or violation of team rules, were saved by two big plays in the final minute as they captured their 12th consecutive district title.
The loss eliminated CCC from playoff contention as Berkeley Prep clinched the runnerup spot in the district with its victory over Indian Rocks Christian.
The Marauders (6-3) scored first but the Miners answered with four consecutive touchdowns to open up a 27-7 lead.
The Marauders scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to 27-21.
CCC managed a 16-play drive and got a first down on a fake punt to rattle the Miners in the final three minutes.
With CCC driving on third and 10 from the Fort Meade 9-yard line, Miner Jamie Willis came up with a sack. An interception by Ronald Jones on the next play saved the streak.
"They always seem to rise to the occasion," Fort Meade coach Jemalle Cornelius said.