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Keswick pours it on in win over IRC


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 15, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Indian Rocks Christian took advantage of Keswick Christian's green football program the past two years.

Now in its third year, Keswick had a point to prove Saturday night.

In a physical and emotional game for Keswick -- one player suffered a concussion and another was ejected -- Keswick jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and won 49-20, scoring well into the fourth quarter.

"I wouldn't like to say it was bad blood between the teams tonight," Keswick coach Rick Sanson said. "But it is a rivalry."

Keswick (2-3 overall, 2-2 in Class A, District 8) set the tone from the opening kickoff with an onside kick and recovery on the Golden Eagles' 40. It scored on the first play from scrimmage when Rob Dileo took a reverse the distance.

Utilizing timing patterns in the passing game and strong running from Dileo and Chad Schooley, Keswick led 35-0 at halftime.

Sophomore quarterback Cris Schooley threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns, leading his offense to 17 first downs and a school-record 49 points.

"Cris (Schooley) comes out to practice a half an hour early every day and throws with the receivers and is always going the extra mile for the team," Sanson said.

"He has a great career ahead of him." IRC (1-4, 0-3) scored late twice against the second-team defense when Colt Martin hooked up with Mike Howard for a 35-yard touchdown and David Stephens for a 9-yard touchdown. "This was a big win for our program," Sanson said. "We have now beat two schools (Northside Christian 13-0) who really took it to us in our first two years, and beating them in our third year, I think, is significant.

"A lot of credit has to go to the (players) who work so hard."

- Jaimee Barnes, Janelle Dine and Jessica Lee contributed to the report.

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