Scores: Bloomingdale 13, Brandon 13; Tampa Cath. 12, Newsome 0
Spring game-breakers: Bloomingdale was able to overcome a 13-point deficit thanks to quarterback Tommy McLaughlin, who completed 11 of 16 for 160 yards. McLaughlin scored the team’s first touchdown on a 10-yard run. …Lineman Darren Lester made the defensive play of the night, tipping one of McLaughlin’s passes in the air before catching it and returning it 51 yards for the game’s opening score to give Brandon a 6-0 lead. …Tampa Catholic quarterback Kyle Ploucher had a rough game under the pressure of Newsome’s defensive line. He completed 2 of 5 attempts, but it was his 51-yard toss to Tre Watson that gave the Crusaders the lead. Kenny Bryant added to that lead in the final minute, breaking off a 55-yard touchdown dash in a 72-yard rushing performance on the night.
Did you know? Bloomingdale junior Austin Shear returned to his old stomping grounds at Newsome, where he played last season and caught the winning TD pass in the Wolves’ 2012 spring jamboree.
Audible 1: “The fight and determination is what we can take from this. We could have packed it in and walked home after turning the ball over three times in one half, but we kept battling and go home having fought our way back and that is something you guys can feel good about.” — Bloomingdale coach John Booth to his team
Audible 2: “The running game is going to be our staple, and I was happy with the way our offensive line played tonight considering we had three new guys in the group. On the other side of the ball we’re returning a lot of experience, so I think we’ll be okay defensively.” — first-year Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory