SARASOTA — Tampa Catholic cruised to a 43-0 victory over Cardinal Mooney in a clash of Class 3A schools Friday.
Michael Sarafianos opened scoring with a booming 47-yard field goal and it looked as if the Cougars would answer before the Crusader defense stiffened to force a punt. That was the only the real threat of the night as the Crusader defense allowed 138 yards, forced three turnovers and scored three touchdowns.
"The players feed off each other so much," TC coach Mike Gregory said. "The defense does well and the offense wants to match that. "
Cody Endris recorded the first interception and after a penalty on the return, Kyle Ploucher found Justin Motlow for a 14-yard score.
On the ensuing possession Ryan Belfiore picked off a pass and raced 45 yards for the touchdown.
In the second half, Ploucher, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 66 yards, scored on a 1-yard run, connected with Darius Corbett for a 24-yard touchdown and found Tre Watson form 11 yards out.
Nathan Cowan, Times correspondent