Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Football: St. Petersburg Catholic 35, Cardinal Mooney 34

SARASOTA — St. Petersburg Catholic used a ball-control offense and got help with a missed extra point for its first postseason win in eight years, 35-34 over Cardinal Mooney in a Class 3A, Region 3 semifinal on Friday. Barons junior Jaquan Fuller scored four touchdowns.

The Barons (8-3) play district foe Clearwater Central Catholic in the region final.

"We are in the elite eight," SPC coach Steve Dudley said. "That is awesome. … We've got nine guys going both ways and they never leave the field. To get this far with that kind of obstacle I couldn't be more proud of them."

SPC, leading 35-28, punted with less than two minutes left. Mooney (7-3), which edged SPC 14-12 earlier in the season, needed just one play to score. Quarterback Reese Vita hit Sean Morris on a 67-yard pass with 1:32 remaining.

But Morris stuck the ball out just as he crossed the line and the referees called an unsportsmanlike penalty.

"I didn't see it," Dudley said. "They (the referees) talked to us before the game and they said any taunting would be called."

The Cougars had to kick a 35-yard PAT, which missed wide right.

In the first half, Fuller scored two of his three rushing touchdowns. He finished with 152 yards on 23 carries as the Barons rushed for 371 yards.

"My team did an awesome job," Fuller said. "We fought hard until the end and came away with a victory."

Fuller also returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a TD just 16 seconds into the game.

With 8:44 left, Mooney tied the score at 28 on a 83-yard pass from Vita to Morris plus a two-point conversion. The Barons then marched 80 yards on six plays as Fuller scored on a 18-yard run with 6:04 left.

Football: St. Petersburg Catholic 35, Cardinal Mooney 34 11/16/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:51am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs kicker Nick Folk focused on own performance, not competition

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Nick Folk, an incumbent for most of his career as an NFL kicker, finds himself the challenger with the Bucs, setting up one of the team's most interesting position battles in the fall.

    Nick Folk, who comes to the Bucs after posting a franchise-best 81 percent success rate on field goals in seven seasons with the Jets, hopes to get to face his old team when Tampa Bay hosts New York in November.
  2. Rays' Chris Archer sees little benefit to scheduled doubleheader

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Rays officials from principal owner Stuart Sternberg down are excited about the single-admission doubleheader they scheduled for June 10 as a novel and retro experience, including a between-games banner parade.

    Chris Archer
  3. What to watch for in Sunday's Indianapolis 500

    Auto racing

    Three things to know about today's 101st running of the Indianapolis 500:

    , of Spain, answers a question during a press conference for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) NAA103
  4. Twins eventually cash in as Rays lose, fall back to .500 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays could only battle their way out of trouble for so long Saturday afternoon before succumbing in a 5-2 loss to the Twins.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 27: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates hitting a two-run home run as Derek Norris #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on during the eighth inning of the game on May 27, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Rays 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010973
  5. Rays Tales: The stories behind Corey Dickerson's ascension

    The Heater

    The 25 pounds DH/LF Corey Dickerson lost during the winter through diet and exercise are considered the primary reason for his ascension to one of the American League's most productive hitters, going into the weekend leading in hits, multi-hit games and total bases, and ranked in the top five in average, runs and …

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) connects for a sac fly, scores Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Steve Pearce (28) in the fourth inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.