Indian Rocks Christian held Fort Meade close for nearly one half of football, but two late passing touchdowns before halftime broke open a close game and the Miners pulled away for a 41-6 victory.
"We played really tough," Indian Rocks Christian coach Mark Buchanan said. "I'm proud of my kids, the way we hung in there and fought. There had been times in the past, certain teams we had would have folded, but we kept fighting."
The Golden Eagles' Devonte West rushed into the end zone from 4 yards out in the third quarter to cut Fort Meade's lead to 21-6.
Fort Meade, however, scored 20 unanswered points to roll to its second victory of the season. The Miners have outscored opponents 68-6 in 2010.
Buchanan singled out the play of middle linebacker Kyle Cleary and quarterback Casey Woods in the loss.
"I thought Casey made some great throws and good decisions," Buchanan said. "We had five or six drops that could have kept drives going, and we had two drops in the end zone that would have been touchdowns.
The Golden Eagles fell to 0-2 to start the 2010 season.
Bryan Burns, Times staff writer