CLEARWATER — Whatever could go wrong for Carrollwood Day did go wrong Friday, and Calvary Christian was more than happy to turn those miscues into points early and often. The visiting Patriots lost three fumbles, two returned for touchdowns, and were intercepted twice by junior Doug Murphy as the Warriors scored 21 points off of turnovers. Murphy struck when Carrollwood Day made Calvary re-kick after booting the ball out of bounds, only to see the Warriors recover an onside kick. Dressing only 21 players, the Patriots were undermanned and overmatched.
Key drives: Two first-quarter mini-marches gave Calvary (3-5) the lead. Pinned back in its own territory, Carrollwood (1-5) lined up to kick but the punter fielded a low snap with his knee on the ground at his 1-yard line. Jaque Sarnoff eased into the end zone on the next play. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Murphy deftly stepped in front of a Patriot receiver and returned the interception 24 yards to the 3. Two plays later, Calvary QB Richie Mize bulled in from the 2 and the rout was on.
Stars of the game: Senior James Grenier's lone carry was a 1-yard touchdown run, and he added two sacks along with a 92-yard scoop-and-score to wrap up Calvary's scoring. His first sack caused a fumble that sophomore Peterson Rice grabbed and rumbled 4 yards to score. Murphy had the other fumble recovery.
Stats of the game: Despite allowing five sacks for 58 lost yards, Carrollwood outgained Calvary 153-152. The lone Patriots' score came on a 36-yard bomb from Ray Woodie III (14 of 23, 152 yards) to Markeis Colvin (three catches, 102 yards). … Mize contributed 113 of Calvary's offensive yards, 54 on the ground and 59 passing.
Last word: "All this week, our coaches were telling us if we came out hard like we did against Clearwater Central Catholic (last week), we'd get the job done. It meant a lot to compete against a team like CCC and we want to finish out the season strong." — Murphy