About even until the second half

CCC, Clearwater are tied until the junior varsity takes over to lift the Marauders.

Published May 19, 2007

CLEARWATER - There will be plenty of time when the games start to count to determine how well Clearwater's offense will survive the loss of several key linemen.

But in Friday night's spring game against Clearwater Central Catholic, quarterback Luke Loucks looked as if he had moved on just fine.

Loucks put on a precise performance, completing 15-of-27 for 143 yards and a touchdown. The Tornadoes lost 28-14, though the score was tied at 14 when the varsity stopped playing.

"It's tough coming for spring and only having two weeks to work with the offense, " Loucks said. "But I feel more comfortable in the offense and what we're doing."

Loucks ran two nearly flawless drives in the first quarter to put Clearwater ahead 14-0. One ended with a 10-yard pass to Brent Bostic for a touchdown. The other was capped off by a 5-yard keeper by Loucks.

"Luke is as good as advertised, " CCC coach Mike Jalazo said. "He picked us apart early on."

The Marauders rallied with touchdown runs of 38 and 5 yards by Micah Poole to tie it.

In the third quarter, CCC had a chance to go ahead after Brent Henderson hit Graziose on a 37-yard pass. But Jeff Ijjas narrowly missed a 24-yard field goal.

The junior varsity squads played the fourth quarter.

"I was pleased with the effort, " Jalazo said.

"We were able to come back and put ourselves in a position to win."

Bob Putnam can be reached at putnam@sptimes.com or 727 445-4169.