Monday, February 19, 2018
Sports

Football: St. Petersburg Catholic 35, Admiral Farragut 10

ST. PETERSBURG — As the first quarter wore on Friday and St. Petersburg Catholic continued to make mistakes, coach Steve Dudley kept his patience. The Barons threw an interception and failed to convert on two fourth-and-short situations to start their Class 3A-5 game against Admiral Farragut, but Dudley figured it was a matter of time before his team settled down.

His patience was rewarded in the final three quarters as SPC ran away from the Blue Jackets 35-10. The Barons outrushed AFA 280-102 and did not allow a second-half point.

"We were really amped for this game and it took us a couple of possessions to get settled down," Dudley said. "And then in the second half we were really confident about what we could do on offense, and that kept our defense off the field. That's something we didn't do last week."

The Barons (3-1, 1-0) bounced back from last week's loss to Melbourne Central Catholic thanks to the trio of Jacquan Fuller, Tony Jones and Stephon Williams. Fuller led all rushers with 96 yards and a touchdown. Jones added 85 yards and two touchdowns and Williams had 49 yards and a TD.

The Blue Jackets (1-2, 0-1) scored first early in the second quarter on a 46-yard field goal by Sean Young. SPC put together a nine-play scoring drive on its next possession that ended with a 4-yard sweep by Fuller.

AFA's Cortavious Givens, who finished with 88 yards, took over on the next drive and scored from 35 yards for a 10-7 lead.

Just before halftime, Jones scored his first touchdown with a 6-yard run that capped a seven-play drive. Then SPC took over in the second half.

Stephon Williams ended a 10-play drive with a 1-yard run to make it 21-10. Then Leo Corrigan blocked a punt to give the Barons the ball at the 26. Three plays later, Jones was in the end zone again after a 19-yard run.

SPC's final score came early in the fourth when Jack Sheehan hit Adrian Snead on a 31-yard pass, the first passing touchdown for the Barons this season.

SPC had 48 rushing attempts and just six pass attempts.

"Our run game is our bread and butter," Dudley said. "We're going to gain yards and chew up the clock and keep our defense on the sidelines."

Williams said it doesn't matter which back gets the touchdown.

"It's all about trusting each other and getting the job done," Williams said. "Our line blocked well all night and we were able to get some big runs. There's no competition. We're brothers out there."

Blue Jackets coach Ryan Hearn said dealing with SPC's run game is no easy task.

"They have a very good 1-2-3 punch," Hearn said. "That's a lot to deal with. But we also made some mistakes that are going to happen with a young team like this."

Comments
Live from Port Charlotte: First full squad workout

Live from Port Charlotte: First full squad workout

The Rays held their first full squad workout today, though RF Steven Souza Jr., did not work out because of a family matter. He had already reported to camp.More fallout from Saturday's Jake Odorizzi trade and DFA'ing of Corey Dickerson. This time fr...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Better ‘D’ starts at home with Lightning

Better ‘D’ starts at home with Lightning

TAMPA – The Lightning still might land that top tier defenseman it certainly needs by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. But if that player was wearing a Tampa Bay sweater Saturday, would the outcome against the Devils have been any different?The Ligh...
Updated: 26 minutes ago

Boys basketball: Top seed Carrollwood Day dominant from start

CLEARWATER — Pressure, intensity and energy.In Saturday's Class 4A-4 district title game at Calvary Christian, Carrollwood Day's six-man rotation put the heat squarely and constantly on Tampa Prep. Playing up-tempo offense behind savvy poi...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rumor mill: What Lightning might do at trade deadline

Rumor mill: What Lightning might do at trade deadline

Reports and rumors involving the Lightning leading up to the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 26:Feb. 17A smaller move could pay big dividendsIf you look at the history of recent Stanley Cup champions, their pivotal moves were subtle, not splashy, the Time...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida Gators to start spring ball with two open practice sessions

Florida Gators to start spring ball with two open practice sessions

The Florida Gators will begin the first spring practice of the Dan Mullen era with two sessions open to the public.The team's March 16 and 17 workouts will be open for fans to attend. UF hasn't yet announced the start times.UF also announced that it ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

1. Land O'Lakes (2-0)Up next: Tuesday vs. Wesley Chapel; Wednesday vs. Cypress CreekThe buzz: The Class 6A defending state champion is in a good position to make another run at a title. A majority of the starting lineup returns, including the Ta...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Kevin Kiermaier sounds off on Rays’ weekend moves: ‘I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset’

Kevin Kiermaier sounds off on Rays’ weekend moves: ‘I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset’

Standout CF Kevin Kiermaier made very clear Monday what he thought of the Rays' weekend decisions to part ways with veteran OF/DH Corey Dickerson and RHP Jake Odorizzi:"I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset with the moves. No beating around the ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.The Black Eyed Peas singer's slow, bluesy rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night wasn't particular...
Updated: 3 hours ago
U.S. women’s hockey team back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

U.S. women’s hockey team back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Americans played their way back into the only women’s hockey game that matters: a showdown with Canada for the Olympic gold medal. The Americans are back in the title game for a third straight Olympics after ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Goodbye, Jake Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Goodbye, Jake Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson

The Rays continue their salary dump as they trade Jake Odorizzi to the Twins for a Single-A shortstop and designate All-Star Corey Dickerson for assignment, saving about $10 million in the process.In his latest podcast, Rick Stroud breaks down the mo...
Updated: 4 hours ago