What's a run-minded team to do when both its running backs are injured and it's up against perhaps the toughest team it will face in a promising season?
If you're Boca Ciega most years, you improvise and then you pray. If you're Bogie 1992, you do both and then you win.
Quarterback Kojara Ransom passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 40 yards and another score, leading Boca Ciega to a 26-7 romp over Jesuit Friday at Beauchamp Memorial Field.
The non-district victory ups the Pirates' record to 4-1 on the season. Jesuit falls to 3-2.
"We felt coming in we could throw the ball on them we just didn't know it would be so much," said Pirates coach Jon Bolen, who was forced to go to the pass due to injuries to starting running backs Dwan Brown (542 yards and 7 TDs this season) and Termain Burton (5 TDs). "The kids played their hearts out and we hit the (daylights) out of (Jesuit) out there. They (the Tigers) just couldn't wear us down like they thought the would."
And they certainly had the time to do it. In the first half alone, the Tigers owned the clock for 20 of the first 24 minutes. They also ran 36 offensive plays to only 10 for the Pirates, but could not put the ball away when it counted.
Bogie jumped out to a 13-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the game, thanks to the arm and leg strength of Ransom. The senior fired a 26-yard scoring strike to flanker Osceeand set up his own 4-yard TD two minutes later with a 57-yard sideline bomb to Ron Hudson.
The Pirates offense ran only four more plays throughout the rest of the half, but their stifling defense made inefficiency entirely acceptable, stopping a 20-play Jesuit drive, which included efforts from the 6 and the 14 (twice), and a 15-play drive with runs from the 6, the 4 and the 1.
"The defense really came to play tonight; I told them if they (Jesuit) didn't score, they wouldn't beat us," said Pirates defensive coordinator Robert Pachulla. "They had hard determination and a lot of hard drive. They were the ones that one the game."
The Tigers finally got on the scoreboard midway through the fourth quarter on a 2-yard dive by tailback Kevin Bouis (18 carries for 55 yards on the night). However, Ransom answered with a 62-yard TD to Jermaine Ivery. Deon Jackson also scored on a 14-yard run.
"Kojara played a hell of a game," Bolen said of his quarterback, who also had two touchdown passes _ including an 80-yarder to Calhoun _ negated by penalties. "Everybody did a great job tonight but starting right now, the only thing that matters to us is Osceola."
Boca Ciega (2-0 in Class 4A, District 10) hosts Osceola (also 2-0 in the district) next week for a stranglehold on the 4A-10 standings. The Warriors annihilated Lakewood 48-0 in a non-district game Friday.