LARGO — Neither rain nor multiple penalties could deter Indian Rocks Christian. The undefeated Golden Eagles sliced and diced the Panthers for 432 yards, putting the game into running time with three minutes left in the second quarter.
Key drive: Theo Anderson's dive play rode a huge block from Jonathon deVries for a 27-yard score to end an 80-yard drive, his second TD of four on the night.
Plays of the game: From an IRC defense that held Bradenton Christian to 104 yards: Fisher Jones forced a fumble that Christian Frost recovered at the BC 17-yard line to set up the Golden Eagles' second TD. Jaylen Shazell intercepted a first-quarter pass, with Zeke McGaughy quickly turning that into a 71-yard TD romp and a 21-0 advantage.
Stars of the game: Anderson (131 yards of offense), Jacquan Fuller (102 yards rushing and a 30-yard TD catch) and McGaughy (119 ground yards and a TD).
Stat of the game: IRC had 115 yards of penalties that took four touchdowns off the board, two on the same drive.
Final word: "There was a little bit of stress because things weren't going our way. We made a lot of mistakes, and we know we have to work a lot harder." — Anderson, on IRC's penalty-riddled effort.
Chuck Frye, Times correspondent