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Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 41, St. Petersburg Catholic 6

The Marauders only need one dominant half to get back to .500 on the season.
Football teams across Tampa Bay were in action Friday night. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
Football teams across Tampa Bay were in action Friday night. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Sep. 14, 2019

CLEARWATER — Zach Burrill threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another one as Clearwater Central Catholic rolled past St. Petersburg Catholic 41-6 on Friday.

The Marauders (2-2) scored all 41 points in the first half in winning their second straight to get back to .500 after an 0-2 start.

“As a coaching staff you want to see your team improve after they lose a game,” Marauders coach Chris Harvey said. “The last few years the game we lost was our last so it’s tough to improve from that. But it’s great to see this team battle and practice and prepare to come back from 0-2. They want to be the best team they can be when it matters.”

Burrill quickly got to the Barons defense through the air with touchdowns to Travis Roberson on the first two possessions. The second touchdown went 75 yards as Roberson broke several tackles after the catch to break into the open field and make the score 13-0.

With the passing game rolling, Burrill called his own number on an option fake to score from 16 yards out and make it 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.

His third touchdown pass was a 44-yarder to Jarquez Green to make it 27-0 early in the second quarter.

“We’ve always known what Zach is capable of,” Harvey said. “He’s got a lot of talent. We graduated a very good quarterback last year, Rory Hicks, and Zach probably has just as good of an arm. He executed the offense very well tonight.

St. Pete Catholic (1-3) struggled to get anything going on either side of the ball for much of the first half. Their first significant offensive play came midway through the second quarter when quarterback Cornelius Denmark connected with Desean Henry for a 22-yard gain.

The drive stalled there, however, as CCC forced SPC to punt six times in the first half.

“That’s what we expect to happen as we improve each week,” Harvey said. “There’s a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball. And we have to make sure they are in the right places and lined up correctly.”

CCC went back on the attack using its running backs. Jordan Niles and Terrion Williams provided the final Marauder touchdowns of the evening to make the score 41-0 in the second quarter.

The Barons finally got on the board late in the half as Denmark hit Henry on a 74-yard bomb to make the score 41-6.

The second half was played with a running clock.

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