Tampa Catholic broke open a close game with 28 unanswered second-half points to beat Sarasota Cardinal Mooney.
Cardinal Mooney centered on taking Crusaders running back Hank McCloud out of the game in the first half, but Tampa Catholic used its passing game, completing 8-of-12 passes for 140 yards.
Quarterback Christian Green ran for 67 yards and one touchdown on three rushes and caught two passes for 80 yards with D.J. Williams (4-for-5, 94 yards) at quarterback. Six TC players had receptions.
McCloud was held to 27 yards in the first half, but finished with 127 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Fullback Hunter Joyer also added a 35-yard touchdown run.
"The past couple of weeks we've been pretty balanced," Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez said. "We're getting everyone involved. It's not just Hank and Christian."
Tampa Catholic (6-0, 2-0) can take control of Class 2B, District 5 next Friday with a win over rival Mulberry.
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer