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 56, Calvary Christian 21

CLEARWATER — Teams need the ball to score and St. Petersburg Catholic wouldn't let Calvary Christian have it until 14 points were in the bank.

The Barons grabbed a lead they did not lose Friday night, putting a damper on the Warriors' homecoming with a 56-21 victory to lock up a berth in the Class 3A playoff for the first time in eight seasons.

After wrapping up an impressive opening drive with the first of two scoring connections between quarterback Jack Sheehan and wideout Chris White, the Barons executed a perfect pooch kick that was recovered by sophomore Tony Jones. Four plays later, Jones matched his uniform number with a 24-yard romp to paydirt to give SPC (6-3, 3-1 in 3A-5) a 14-0 lead before Calvary Christian (5-4, 1-3) got its first touch on offense.

When the Barons pulled off another onside kick to start the second half — again fallen on by Jones — and finished with the second of three TDs from junior Jacquan Fuller (165 of SPC's 527 yards), the lead bulged to 35-7 and the game was over.

"We work on the onside kick every week not knowing if we're going to get to use it," said Barons coach Steve Dudley, who took his squad from two wins to the playoff in three seasons. "This team has had a history of playing pretty good offense but weren't stopping anybody. Now we're dialing up blitzes, getting huge play from lineman Leo Corringon and others, and getting to the quarterback. Kids are really buying into what we're selling."

Football: St. Petersburg Catholic 56, Calvary Christian 21 11/02/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 2, 2013 12:47am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ryan Callahan encouraged by his return

    Blogs

    Captain Steven Stamkos wasn't the only key Lightning player to make a triumphant return Friday night against Nashville.

  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb hates to hear how he "battled through" or "grinded out" a start rather than just dominated, but that's kind of what he did Friday, allowing nine hits and a walk and being charged with two wild pitches but only three runs in earning his 12th win.

  3. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  5. Ww's Odessabeach makes run at Husker Magic stakes final

    Parimutuels

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Hurricane Irma blew through Florida earlier this month, Ww's Odessabeach remained in her comfort zone.