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Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Bradenton Bayshore 0

BRADENTON — The Clearwater Central Catholic football team had just one challenge during Friday's preseason game at Bradenton Bayshore.

With the Marauders scoring so quickly, they had a hard time finding enough opportunities to showcase all of their junior playmakers.

Quarterback Jakob Parks hooked up with C.J. Cotman on two second-quarter touchdowns, and Rashaad Stewart and Dilan Scargle each scored on the way to a 37-0 victory against the overmatched Bruins at Balvanz Stadium.

CCC, which is coming off three consecutive trips to the Class 3A state semifinals and is ranked fourth in the Associated Press preseason poll, racked up 30 second-quarter points and did all its damage in the first half. When Parks found Cotman for a 5-yard score on the final play of the half, the Marauders triggered a running clock for the second half and made way for the backups.

"We've got some skill," CCC coach John Davis said. "We're very young. This was a typical kickoff classic. We were sloppy, and there are a lot of things we've got to shore up. But anytime you can come in, get a win and not get anybody injured … I feel pretty good about it."

The CCC defense dominated as well. The Marauders outgained Bayshore 249-16 in the first half. After CCC muffed a punt on its 16-yard line in the first quarter and the Bruins recovered, the Marauders promptly pushed Bayshore back 21 yards and out of scoring range.

Parks completed 9 of 15 passes for 137 yards and three scores. Stewart tallied 77 yards on eight carries and an 11-yard touchdown run, and Scargle hauled in three passes for 59 yards and a four-yard score.

The most impressive single play of the night may have been a kick. CCC's Tyler McDonald nailed a 49-yard second-quarter field goal that easily cleared the crossbar. The kick came one drive after McDonald missed an extra point and one play after the Marauders were flagged for a false start, moving the attempt back 5 yards.

Defensive end Jerquan Newton scored a defensive touchdown for the Marauders, scooping up a fumble at the Bayshore 12 and rumbling into the end zone as part of the second-quarter barrage.