Pinellas football

By Times Staff
Published October 2, 2005

LARGO - With a minute left before halftime, Tampa Baptist was ahead 13-0 and was containing Calvary Christian tailback Charlie Robinson.

Then Robinson went 48 yards for the score with seconds left to ignite the Warriors, who pitched a second-half shutout to win at Indian Rocks Christian's field Saturday night.

Robinson (219 yards, 23 carries) added a 23-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter that gave Calvary the lead.

"That was our first time all season we weren't down a bunch or up a bunch; it was the first time this team was really trailing,"' Calvary coach Dave Compton said.

After Robinson's winning TD, Calvary recovered its onside kick and capped a two-minute 40-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run from Taylor Bennett.

PLAYS OF THE GAME: Sophomore Armondo Jonescia and eighth-grader Chris Lundy gave Tampa Baptist something to smile about. Jonescia scored the first touchdown, a zig-zagging 82-yard kickoff return. Lundy made a one-handed interception off Calvary's Lucas Spoerl and went 50 yards to put the Rams up two scores in the second quarter. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Robinson was too much. KEY STATISTIC: Calvary recovered two of three onside kicks. THEY SAID IT: "This was a big game; we knew it. It's a battle for second place right now (with state ranked No.1 Keswick in the district lead). I'm glad to see we could get out of a tough game." - Compton

--ERIC MUSKATEVC, Times correspondent

Keswick Christian 28, Cambridge 0

ST. PETERSBURG - Keswick used a variety of rushing schemes to wear down Cambridge's defense Saturday. Relying heavily on sweeps early in the game, the Crusaders were able to rush the ball between the tackles later to keep the Lancers defense on the field for most of the evening. PLAY OF THE GAME: The opening possession dictated the outcome. After marching down the field, Jared DiMaggio found the end zone on a 15-yard run. The drive took less than three minutes and the Crusaders cruised from there.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: DiMaggio almost ran the offense by himself. He carried 29 times for 204 yards and crossed the goal line twice. KEY STATISTIC: Cambridge used two quarterbacks, rotating both throughout because its starter was injured in a previous game. The quarterbacks also had to play running back and several positions on defense, leaving them with little time to rest. THEY SAID IT: "Even though we're young, we became a football team tonight. We played the No.1 team in the state." - Rick Shears, Lancers coach

--DON WOLF, Times correspondent