CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian's 17-0 win over Admiral Farragut was marred with fumbles, interceptions, penalties and some missed blocks and tackles. It was not Football 101, but for Warriors' players and fans it was a thing of beauty.
Barring an upset against winless St. Petersburg Catholic on Oct. 31, Calvary Christian wrapped up at least second place in the four-team Class 3A, District 5. That means a playoff game, which would be the first in school history.
"We took this as a playoff game," senior receiver Jeremy Wood said. "Our school has never been to the playoffs before, so this was a huge game for us."
Wood played a big role in helping the Warriors (4-1) defeat the Blue Jackets (1-4). He caught two touchdown passes, one for 4 yards late in the first quarter and a 31-yarder in the fourth quarter that was the back-breaker.
In between Calvary's defense held Admiral Farragut to 146 yards and recovered two fumbles. AFA did not convert a third down and was held on downs three times.
The Warriors offense sputtered at points, but came through when needed.
Both teams started poorly. Admiral Farragut fumbled on its third play from scrimmage and Calvary Christian threw an interception on its fourth play, After the Blue Jackets were held on downs, the Warriors put together the only scoring drive of the first half. They drove 73 yards on 12 plays and scored on a 4-yard pass from Jack Sheehan to Wood.
Neither team could get anything going after that. Calvary Christian had the ball twice inside the Blue Jackets 40 yard line but both drives fizzled. The Warriors went to the locker room with a slim 7-0 lead.
The second half started with a bang for the Warriors when Sheehan threw a screen to Wood, who raced 68 yards to the AFA 14. Three runs failed to get a touchdown, so Michael Voor kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
Blue Jackets quarterback Dalton Collins was injured in the third quarter and replaced by Jestin Green. Green couldn't move his team either, and Calvary Christian removed any doubt midway through the fourth quarter.
On second and 4 from the 31, Sheehan found Wood in the corner of the end zone. Wood was interfered with but still made the catch.
"I've always got faith in my man Woodie," Sheehan said. "I saw he had him beat and I just laid it out there. When I saw he caught it I just went crazy. It's like a movie."
For Admiral Farragut coach Ryan Hearn, it was like a nightmare.
"Too many injured guys," Hearn said. "We're just not a good football team right now."
Wood caught six passes for 128 yards to lead the Warriors. Stephon Williams, Calvary's top runner, was held to 73 yards on 16 carries.
Calvary Christian is the only Pinellas County team to not make a playoff appearance.
"I told them before the game that everything is not going to go right," Warriors' coach Todd Yoder said. "It's what we do after the mistake that makes the difference."