By EMILY NIPPS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 24, 2002
TAMPA -- By Tampa Catholic coach Jim Guderian's standards, the 12 points the Crusaders scored Thursday night translated into a vast improvement.
"This program is 1,000 times better than last year," he said after the Crusaders defeated second-year Alonso 12-0.
Guderian acknowledged the Crusaders are still "two, three, four years" from being where they want to be, but the players were encouraged by their game at Gaither.
Tampa Catholic junior quarterback Mike Damico threw two touchdowns and Alonso struggled to move the ball.
The Crusaders had several new faces, including kicker Catherine McMillan.
"We had a girl come out and ask if she could play," Guderian said. "I said, "Hey, it's an equal opportunity country.' She's got a lot to learn, but we'll see (if she plays in the fall)."
Jesuit's offense, led by junior quarterback Anthony Severino, looked sharp against Sickles.
Severino completed 9 of 12 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns with the help of junior wide receiver Shane Robinson.
Junior kicker Garrett Rivas was 4-for-4 on extra points as the Tigers beat the Gryphons 35-7.
Sickles running back Jon Price caught a lateral and ran it 47 yards for the Gryphons' lone touchdown.
"We did okay," Jesuit coach Dominick Ciao said.
"We didn't run the ball like we'd like to, but it's always nice to end the spring season with a win."
Leto took an early 6-0 lead before Gaither wiped it out with Chris Swindle's 35-yard field goal and a touchdown.
Cowboys fullback Craig Bullara scored the game-winner on a 4-yard scramble into the end zone to give Gaither a 10-6 win.
An interception by Gaither's Jonathan Kirschner on the Cowboys' 5-yard line spoiled any chances of a Leto comeback.