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: Tampa Catholic 13, Clearwater Central Catholic 10, OT

TAMPA — The day before Tampa Catholic and Clearwater Central Catholic renewed their cross-bay rivalry, Crusaders first-year coach Mike Gregory installed a new play that had been a staple under previous Crusaders coaching regimes.

At the snap, the tight end, lined up to the left side of the formation, falls down. The quarterback takes the snap and rolls right while the tight end gets back up and flows left, away from the action.

If it's run correctly, the quarterback should turn back across the field to find a wide-open tight end.

Facing third and goal from the CCC 7-yard line and trailing 10-7 Friday after the Marauders kicked a field goal on their overtime drive, Gregory decided to give the play a shot.

Tampa Catholic quarterback Kyle Ploucher ran right, pivoted and lofted a pass to uncovered tight end Trajan Herr in the left corner of the end zone to give the Crusaders a dramatic 13-10 overtime victory a snap a two-game losing streak to the Marauders.

"It was like a trick play," Ploucher said. "It looks so pretty when it works."

Trailing 7-0, Tampa Catholic (1-1) tied the game with 2:41 remaining in the third quarter when Ploucher threw a jump ball into the end zone for Justin Motlow, who outfought a defensive back to haul in the 17-yard touchdown.

CCC (1-1) had a couple of opportunities to regain the lead in the fourth quarter but couldn't take advantage. Early in the fourth, the Marauders went for it on fourth and 3 from the Crusaders' 36-yard line, but Blake Gomez was sacked by Tre Watson and Malik Barrow.

CCC got the ball back at its 1 with 6:15 to go and drove into Tampa Catholic territory. The Marauders' Diquan Walker (21 carries, 108 yards) found running room off the left side but fumbled as he was tackled, and the Crusaders recovered with 2:12 on the clock.

A dead ball personal foul on CCC gave Tampa Catholic the ball at the Marauders' 42. The Crusaders advanced the ball to the 17 with 29 seconds left, but a false start and a chop block pushed the ball to the 37. With time expiring in regulation, Tampa Catholic's Michael Sarafianos attempted a-winning 54-yard field goal that had enough leg but was wide right.

CCC lost 2 yards on three overtime plays from the 10, but went back in front when Yanni Ramos was true with a 34-yard field goal.

Tampa Catholic gained 3 yards on its first two overtime plays before Herr's game-winning catch.

"It felt like it took an eternity for that ball to get there," Herr said.

CCC took an early 7-0 lead on Connor Dorris' 3-yard plunge. That was set up by a 79-yard pass from Jeff Smith to C.J. Cotman. The Marauders, however, were undone by 125 penalty yards and just 101 yards of offense after halftime.

Football: Tampa Catholic 13, Clearwater Central Catholic 10, OT 09/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:51am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 11:01: No Dickerson today as the Rays go with seven right-handers.

    Here is the lineup:

  2. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  3. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. This Tampa Bay Lightning wing rides the newest wave of fan interaction

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There are photos of Lightning fan Shaun Egger as a toddler at center ice at the then-Thunderome, aka Tropicana Field. He's played in the Lightning's high school hockey league for Palm Harbor University. But his closest personal encounter with players had been waving through a crowd after a training camp …

    Tampa Bay Lightning player J.T. Brown wears his anti UV glasses as he talks over the headset with a hockey fan while they play against each other on line in an XBOX NHL video game in Brown's game room at his home in south Tampa. The fan chose to be the Washington Capitals and Brown, of course, was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown interacts with fans through video game systems as he streams the games live on Twitch with plans for the proceeds to go to charity.
  5. ‘Biggest fight' behind her, Petra Kvitova returns ahead of schedule

    Tennis

    PARIS — Five months after a home invader's knife sliced into her left hand, Petra Kvitova will return to competitive tennis at the French Open, a last-minute decision to make her comeback earlier than expected.

    Petra Kvitova adjusts her hair during a news conference at Roland Garros Stadium, where she will make her tennis return at the French Open. Kvitova's left hand was badly injured by a knife-wielding intruder in December; she has recovered ahead of schedule. [Associated Press]