Around the county

Friday night football capsules

By Times Staff
Published September 23, 2006

Keswick Chr. 49, Santa Fe Cath. 0

ST. PETERSBURG - Keswick Christian improved to 6-0 and won its eighth consecutive game dating to last year.

The Crusaders offense dominated from the start. Jared Stacy's 26-yard scoring pass to Doug Sanson capped a three-play, 68-yard drive with 10:09 left in the first.

After the Crusaders defense recovered a fumble in Hawks territory, Jared DiMaggio scored from 4 yards out, the first of his three scores, to give the Crusaders a 13-0 lead. The Crusaders offense continued to dominate in the second as DiMaggio scored from 14 and 5 yards out. DiMaggio rushed for 159 yards, 142 in the first half.

Stacy, who went 7-for-7 with one interception, hooked up with Tony Anderson on a 20-yard strike before halftime.

The Crusaders closed out scoring when Tarvin Jones intercepted a Kyle Campbell pass and returned it 25 yards.

- AARON THOMAS, Times staff writer



LARGO - Whether it was Johnny Sitton on the right, Ethan Englebert on the left or Louis Mason up the middle, the Indian Rocks (1-3) running game pulled together for five touchdowns for the Eagles' first win of the season.

The first half saw little from either teams' defense. Agape quarterback Tarrick Bridges rushed for a 75-yard touchdown in the first and passed for three in the second, totaling 186 passing yards.

Both Engelbert and Mason rushed for a touchdown in the first. Late in the second, Johnny Sitton rushed for the Eagles' third touchdown. Sitton finished with 159 yards.

Indian Rocks junior Ryan Mercado landed three sacks in third quarter, and the team's offense relied on Mason to plow up the middle for two more touchdowns, giving him three with 156 rushing yards.

"It was a big win, and we needed it" Eagles coach Mark Buchanan said.

- ERIC MENNEL, Times correspondent


Northside Chr. 23, All Saints' 0

ST. PETERSBURG - The Mustangs led by coach Bob Dare's expertise kept the Saints on their heels all night. The Mustangs' balanced offense and rotating quarterback tandem of juniors Drew Phillips and Tyler Stowell proved both were capable signal callers.

Senior Cody Sirgey provided the only score in the first half when he raced for a 10-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. The half ended with a interception by the Saints' Alex Emanuel and the Mustangs clinging to a 8-0 lead.

With a nice mix of running and passing the Mustangs ended a nice scoring drive with a 15-yard run by Danny Speake.

Dare reached farther in the playbook on the extra point when Brett Anderson lined up at kicker and took the direct snap and hit Speake in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion. The Mustangs scored again in the fourth after a 5-yard run by Seth Cole.

- TORRIE NELSON, Times correspondent



ST. PETERSBURG - Canterbury mounted one successful comeback but was unable to muster a second, suffering its first loss.

After the Crusaders (3-1) tied the game at 20 early in the fourth quarter, the Lions (2-3) rebounded with two touchdowns in four minutes. Lions quarterback Stephen Johnson accounted for four touchdowns, scoring on two short runs and hooking up with tight end Clay Kessler for a pair of 19-yard touchdowns, one in each half.

Besieged by injuries in the second half, the Crusaders were forced to rely almost solely on the playmaking abilities of multipurpose sophomore quarterback Brandon Hamilton. With running backs Joey Cuda and J.D. Davis and receiver John Lancaster hobbled, Hamilton had runs of 36 and 20 yards during a game-tying, 86-yard drive that tied the scored at 2 early in the fourth. Hamilton closed the drive with a 5-yard touchdown.

- EMERY SKOLFIELD, Times correspondent



CLEARWATER - Clearwater Central Catholic set a pregame goal for its third shutout of the season, but visiting LaBelle spoiled those plans.

"We played horrible," said CCC coach Tom Bostic. "They wanted it more than us. We had our chances. They played hard, and we didn't. They deserved the win."

CCC (3-2) scored first on a 40-yard field goal by Jeff Ijjas. LaBelle (2-2) used an interception to set up a 52-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter and then recovered a fumble to set up a 20-yard scoring drive late in the quarter.

In the fourth, Jordan Becker caught a 22-yard touchdown from Brent Henderson to pull CCC to within 13-10. The Marauders were driving late in the game but fumbled the ball away just 8 yards away from a potential go-ahead touchdown.

Overall, CCC had 17 plays, including nine penalties, which resulted in negative yards.

- By DOUG KATES, Times correspondent