RUSKIN — Tampa Catholic's balanced offense and solid defense combined to lock up a third straight district title for the Crusaders with a 31-0 shutout of Lennard.
Henry McCloud pounded the Longhorns for 163 yards on 15 carries and scored twice. Quarterback Christian Green split time with D.J. Williams, but Green threw two touchdown passes in the first half.
"It feels good (to win the title)," Crusaders coach Bob Henriquez said. "It's been a long run this year, starting off with injuries and some other stuff we've had to overcome."
Tampa Catholic (6-2, 4-0) scored on a 35-yard field goal from Matt McLaughlin, then McCloud broke out for a 43-yard score on its next possession. Green extended the lead on the next drive with an 11-yard strike to Kenny Broadnax. He later connected with A.J. Mulkey for a 10-yard touchdown.
Lennard (4-5, 2-2) struggled, crossing midfield once in the first half. It was Tampa Catholic's second shutout in the last four games, and both came in district play.
"Our defense has been playing extremely well for the last six weeks," Henriquez said. "It was good for our defense to have such a good game."
Lennard was led by quarterback Andrew Burdick, who completed 13 of 29 passes for 97 yards with one interception. Both teams were heavily penalized, totaling 20 penalties and 175 yards between them. Both also missed field-goal attempts.
Lennard can move into a tie for second place in the Class 2A, District 5 playoff race with a win at Mulberry next week.