TAMPA — Tampa Catholic (1-0) held on to an early lead to outlast Bradenton Bayshore (0-1) 17-14 in the season opener Friday.
The Crusaders defense was solid, but the first half showed the power of the offense.
Zach Dyer assisted in scoring TC's first 10 points. His 38-yard field goal was then followed by a 2 yard touchdown catch.
On the other side of the ball, Dyer added a tackle for a loss following fellow defender Kimo Vereen's 8-yard sack on the previous play. Both tackles shut down the only offensive momentum the Bruins could muster in the first half.
The first six combined possessions of the second half resulted in turnovers — including two on Crusaders' snap mistakes — which set up Bayshore's two touchdowns.
Bobby Winsler, Times correspondent