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Football: With a day to regroup, CCC comes back to defeat Berkeley Prep

CCC scored on all five of its offensive possessions to defeat the Bucs 35-14.
Berkeley Prep sophomore Jaden Sheffield breaks free for big yardage at Clearwater Central Catholic in the first quarter Friday night. Torrential rains soon followed, however, and the game was stopped for a rain and lightning delay with 8 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the second quarter. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Berkeley Prep sophomore Jaden Sheffield breaks free for big yardage at Clearwater Central Catholic in the first quarter Friday night. Torrential rains soon followed, however, and the game was stopped for a rain and lightning delay with 8 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the second quarter. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Published Aug. 26, 2018|Updated Aug. 26, 2018

CLEARWATER — When Friday night's season opener between Clearwater Central Catholic and Berkeley Prep was postponed due to heavy rain and lightning, the Bucs led 7-0 and had the momentum. With 24 hours to regroup, the Marauders looked like a different team when play resumed on Saturday night.

CCC scored on all five of its possessions and the defense clamped down in a 35-14 win. Casey Levy gained 109 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown for CCC. Quarterback Rory Hicks threw two touchdown passes, and Jerjuan Newton ran for a touchdown and caught a TD pass to lead the Marauders.

"We came out with a completely different mentality and we dominated," Levy said.  "Once we put our mind to something, we can't be stopped."

On  Friday night, Berkeley Prep was able to score on its first possession when it went 60 yards on 13 plays. Jakob Hines capped that drive with a 1-yard run.

On Saturday night, CCC (1-0) scored on its first possession when play resumed with 8:13 left in the second quarter. The Marauders had the ball at their own 40 and used 10 plays to get the ball in the end zone when Melvin Jordan punched it in from the 1. The extra point was missed.

It was 7-6 Bucs at the half, but things changed dramatically after that.

Newton opened the third quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run that capped a 10-play drive. Then Newton struck again when he caught a pass from Hicks over the middle, broke two tackles and ran in from 56 yards to make it 21-7.

Berkeley Prep (0-1) made it interesting late in the third quarter when Josh Youngblood connected with Hines on a 17-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 21-14.

Another long CCC drive to start the fourth quarter ended with a 7-yard run from Levy. He had several key runs in the drive.

"Casey's a little meatball type guy," CCC coach Chris Harvey said. "He's not going to kill you with quickness, but he's going to bleed you out. Pound for pound he's probably the strongest person on the team."

The final Marauders touchdown came with under three minutes in the game when Hicks hit Brett Seither on a 14 yard touchdown pass.

"Sometimes as a coach you have to get out of your players way and I think I tried to do a little too much (Friday) night," Harvey said. "I just simplified things and the guys were amazing."

Marauders running back/linebacker Johnny Newton was limited to defense only due to injury. He should see action on offense next week.

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