East Lake sophomore Dane Gale and junior Mike Deatrick combine to rush for 180 yards on 12 carries to lead the Eagles past CCC 54-10.
By JOHN SCHWARB
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 26, 2001
EAST LAKE -- Clearwater Central Catholic will have its hands full this fall trying to fill the considerable hole left by the graduation of star quarterback Jay Davis.
Friday night, however, even Davis wouldn't have made much of a difference.
Behind 47 unanswered second-half points, including 28 in the first eight minutes of the third quarter, East Lake rolled over CCC 54-10 in a spring classic. The Eagles, who also lost a fine quarterback in Chris Thomas, found plenty to like from two players attempting to fill the position.
On the first play of the second half, sophomore Dan Gale dashed 64 yards on an option keeper to put East Lake up for good 14-10. In the fourth quarter, junior Mike Deatrick duplicated the feat, running 69 yards for a touchdown.
Combined, the two completed just 2-of-7 passes (both by Gale, including a 20-yard touchdown on a screen to Mike Wynn), but rushed for 180 yards on 12 carries.
"That was kind of a surprise there," said East Lake coach Tom Keeler, avoiding speculation over which player could claim the starting job in the fall. "I'm happy for both of them. We'll go into the summer and see what happens."
For CCC, Orlando Rivas showed some promise, completing 7-of-11 throws for 127 yards. But the Marauders' receiving corps fumbled two receptions in the second half, and overall the team committed five turnovers in the half.
"I don't know that we could play any worse than we did in the second half," CCC coach John Davis said. "The first half we played all right, the second half we just destructed."
In the first half, CCC took a 10-7 lead on a 1-yard touchdown dive from Nick Capogna and a 19-yard field goal from Joey Ijjas.
The Eagles' late barrage also included a 42-yard touchdown run by Terry Woulard, a 58-yard run from Nate Huegal and punt return scores of 90 and 80 yards by Tyler Morton.
East Lake, a Class 5A school, rushed for 346 yards while CCC (2A) mustered just 46 on the ground.
"(CCC) came out that first half and it was obvious that they were ready," Keeler said. "I think they had too many guys going both ways (in the second half)."
The trip to Naples wasn't the only thing that was long for Boca Ciega on Friday. So was the game.
The Pirates were beaten 59-7.
Boca Ciega trailed 45-0 before Jim Connors connected with Roberto Rodriguez on a 52-yard pass with nine seconds remaining for the Pirates' only score.
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Clearwater couldn't get a grip on offense in Friday's 41-0 loss at Sarasota Riverview.
The Tornadoes were held to 154 total yards and lost four fumbles, three of which were converted into scores.
The Rams went up 27-0 at halftime before giving way to the junior varsity squad in the third and fourth quarters.
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Ordinarily, scheduling a team that went 1-7 last season would be a good idea.
Unfortunately for Keswick Christian, it was not so good Friday night.
Playing Arlington Country Day, the Crusaders were beaten 65-13.
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