NAPLES — A few big passes meant a big win for First Baptist Academy of Naples over Carrollwood Day on Friday night.
First Baptist quarterbacks Jack Bueltel and Tyler Dean hooked up with Tyler Brechel for two long scoring passes as the Lions beat Carrollwood Day 20-0 in a 2A region semifinal.
First Baptist limited the Patriots (7-4) to 116 yards rushing.
"We played well, but the game came down to a few big plays that First Baptist was able to make," said Carrollwood Day coach Lane McLaughlin. "We played well physically, but we made some mental mistakes that you just can't make in a big playoff game like this. If you take away a few plays, it could've been different."
McLaughlin also noted the difference in size and numbers between the Patriots and Lions.
"They have some big guys that were hard to handle," McLaughlin said. "A big problem was our guys played both on the offensive and defensive line. We have to get up to 45 players on the team, that's our problem right now. They (First Baptist) have just as many juniors and seniors as we do players on our whole team. So we hope to get more guys out."
First Baptist did not allow the Patriots closer than the 18-yard line the whole game.
"It was a great defensive effort by our guys," said First Baptist coach Billy Sparacio. "Carrollwood Day also played well defensively. I think we did a good job of wearing them down, and that's what we kind of hoped for tonight."
The Lions quelled the notion of a Patriot comeback by sacking Taylor King three times in the fourth quarter. First Baptist had nine sacks with Nicholas Aristizabal recording four.
Thomas P. Corwin, Times correspondent