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Bears rally for victory


© St. Petersburg Times, published August 26, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Central overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to defeat St. Petersburg Catholic 20-17 Friday. But coach Steve Crognale isn't going to remember the score. He'll remember the three fumbles, the missed tackles and the penalties.

"We had quite a few turnovers, and we didn't do a good job tackling," Crognale said. "The good thing is we didn't put our heads down when we were down by 17. But maybe the next time we get down that much, we don't come back." One bright spot for Central was tailback Kashif McCormick, who rushed for 92 yards and scored the Bears' touchdowns. Overall, Central rushed for 117 yards, and quarterback David Egan threw only three times for 40 yards.

The game started poorly for the Bears. On the opening kickoff, the Barons' Doug Henriott jarred the ball loose from Tim Gaynor at the 31. SPC scored seven plays later on a 26-yard field goal by Chris Waechter.

SPC's Chris Davis hooked up with Larry Woods on a 40-yard pass in the second quarter to make it 10-0. Adam Gorman scored from 1 yard out to make it 17-0 in the second quarter. The Bears scored late in the second quarter on a 20-run by McCormick. Then Central wore down the Barons in the second half. With less than two minutes left, McCormick scored from 3 yards out to make it 20-17. SPC drove to the 27, but Waechter's 41-yard field goal attempt fell short.

"It's better than a loss, but it doesn't count," Crognale said. "We've got to get better by next week."

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