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Barons forget their woes for one night, crush CCC

Jock Sanders led the way with 330 total yards and four touchdowns.

By JOE SMITH
Published October 7, 2006


ST. PETERSBURG - This, Jock Sanders said, was the real St. Petersburg Catholic football team.

Sanders, SPC's star senior tailback, said the beleaguered Barons - mired in a five-game losing streak and facing a three-year postseason ban - played Clearwater Central Catholic Friday night "as if it were a championship game."

It showed.

Sanders racked up 330 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns, leading the Barons to a 42-16 thumping of CCC on senior night.

The Marauders 4-3 committed eight turnovers, including four in the game's first nine minutes. By then, thanks to three touchdowns by Sanders, SPC was up 22-0.

Sanders "killed us," CCC coach Mike Jalazo said. "He's been a great player against us the past three years, and he was great again tonight.

"I'm glad he's graduating."

Sanders set the tone on CCC's first offensive play, when he picked up a fumble and rumbled 18 yards for a score.

Five minutes later, following the first of five CCC interceptions, Sanders bounced a trap outside, breaking two tackles on a 30-yard touchdown run.

"We came out flat," CCC quarterback Brent Henderson said. "And they made us pay."

CCC's next possession lasted one play. SPC linebacker Austin Plummer's jarring hit forced a fumble, which Noah Hughes recovered. Three plays later, Sanders barreled over two CCC defenders into the end zone for a 5-yard-score, making it 22-0.

Sanders saved his best for special teams. Midway through the second quarter, he wowed the crowd with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The West Virginia-bound senior corralled the ball near his goal line and sprinted up the middle, blowing past several CCC defenders. Then, near midfield, he juked CCC kicker Jeff Ijjas before scampering down the left sideline for the score.

The big highlight for SPC in a sluggish second half was a nifty 28-yard touchdown reception by senior receiver Andrew Harris.

"We didn't play well on offense, we didn't play well on defense, we didn't play well on special teams," Jalazo said.

"They kicked our butts - and we have to live with that."

Joe Smith can be reached at (727) 893-8129 or at joesmith@sptimes.com.