Clearwater Central Catholic Manhandles Frostproof, 35-0
Fri. November 16, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. | By Rick Brown
By RICK BROWN
CLEARWATER | Frostproof entered its game against powerhouse Clearwater Central Catholic knowing it could not make mistakes if it wanted to compete in Friday's Class 3A regional semifinal game.
Unfortunately, the Marauders had other things in mind.
Diquan Walker scored two early touchdowns and the Marauders also got first half scores on a punt and an interception return on their way to a 35-0 victory.
With the win, the Marauders (10-1) advance to the regional finals and will face Tampa Catholic, who defeated Fort Meade, 24-23.
"We put our defense in some bad situations," Bulldogs coach Price Harris said. "They've got a great defense. You can't put yourself in bad situations and expect to beat a team that has a great defense like they do."
Meanwhile, Clearwater Central's dream season continues. The district champs had tied the school mark for the best record in the regular season and entered the game having not allowed a touchdown since Oct. 19. The Marauders had been special at home only having allowed seven points all season with six shutouts.
Make it seven as Clearwater Central got rolling early.
After a bad snap on a punt, the Marauders got the ball on the Bulldogs' 21-yard line. Five plays later, Walker took a handoff up the middle, kept his feet moving in the scrum and came out 7 yards later in the end zone.
He made it 14-0 on the Marauders' next possession, taking a handoff and sprinting 22 yards for the score.
Stevenson made it 21-0 late, when he grabbed an interception and weaved his way back across the field for a 38-yard touchdown.
Trey Larry made it 28-0 at the half after a 65-yard punt return, when he initially dropped the ball, scooped it on the hop, then sped through untouched.
Frostproof 0 0 0 0 — 0
Clearwater Catholic 21 7 0 7 — 35
CCC – Diquan Walker 7 run (Matt Fosnacht kick), 7:32
CCC – Diquan Walker 22 run (Matt Fosnacht kick), 3:54
CCC – Michael Stevenson 38 INT return (Matt Fosnacht kick), 1:09
CCC – Trey Larry 65 punt return (Matt Fosnacht kick), 6:50
CCC – Trey Larry 52 pass from Blake Gomez (Matt Fosnacht kick), 11:14
FHS || CCC
First Downs 4 9
Rushes/yards 28/91 33/134
Passing yards 23 73
Passing 3-16-3 6-10-0
Total offense 114 207
Fumbles/Lost 3/0 1/1
Punts/avg 5/31.4 3/30.3
Penalties/yds 8/70 2/15
Records 6-5 10-1
Rushing: FHS – Xavier Gaines 11-48; CCC – Diquan Walker 21-90 2 TDs
Passing: FHS – Xavier Gaines 3-16-3 23 yards; CCC – Blake Gomez 6-9-0 70 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: FHS – Kaleel Gaines 1-16; CCC – Trey Larry 2-53, 1 TD.