MULBERRY — An early 20-point deficit was more than Mulberry could handle as Tampa Catholic defeated the Panthers 37-14 Friday.
"We can't give up 20 points in the first quarter," Mulberry coach Charlie Warren said. "The guys try to do more than they can do. When they calm down, they start playing better."
The Crusaders scored first on a 1-yard run, but the Panthers fumbled the kick return to give Tampa Catholic the ball back at the Mulberry 15. On the following play, Chivarsky Corbett's 15-yard pass to Joe Ogle converted the turnover to another score.
With only one second remaining in the first half, Mulberry's Leslie Young broke loose for a 15-yard touchdown and conversion run to close out the half 27-8.
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