Pirates stop Lakewood 12-7 for first district win.
By BRANDON WRIGHT
Published September 17, 2005
ST. PETERSBURG - Fumbles, punts and turnovers on downs precluded a thrilling finish as visiting Boca Ciega held off Lakewood 12-7 in the teams' first district game of the season.
"The point of this team that has had me the most worried is our defense," coach Jean Gordon said. "But they stepped up big down (at the goal line)."
Out of timeouts and trailing 12-7, Boca Ciega (3-1) had one last chance from the Pirates 9. Quarterback Corey Henderson rolled to his right but Jamar Newsome blitzed off the right edge and recorded his second sack of the game to seal the win.
"Our philosophy on defense is bend but don't break and we bent a lot tonight," Gordon said. "Fortunately we only broke one time."
That one time came on the previous possession as Lakewood, trailing 12-0, marched 85 yards and cut the lead to five on a 21-yard touchdown from Corey Henderson to King Moore with 2:23 remaining. Henderson converted a third and 15 and a third and 17 through the air on the drive.
The ensuing onside kick then skimmed off Andre Leshore's fingers and Lakewood (0-4) recovered on the Pirates' 45. Henderson (11-of-20, 178 yards) scrambled three times for 26 yards on the drive, including a 14-yard burst to the Pirates' 15. A 5-yard out then put Lakewood at the 9 but Newsome - who rarely plays defense - tracked down Henderson from behind to end the game.
"(Newsome) doesn't work (with the) defense, so we didn't want to put him in any coverage and get him confused," Gordon said. "And we gave him no run responsibility, we just cut him loose."
The teams combined for nine fumbles and Boca Ciega turned it over on the Lakewood 3 near the end of the third quarter. But following a three and out at the goal line and a 15-yard punt, LeShore (74 yards rushing) broke open a scoreless game, punching in his first of two touchdown runs from 10 yards out for a 7-0 Pirates' lead with 27 seconds left in the third quarter.