LIONS 16 MARAUDERS 0
CLEARWATER – Clearwater Central Catholic had its chances Friday night.
Capitalizing on those opportunities, however? That was a challenge.
For a second straight season, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna came to CCC for a Class 3A state semifinal and left a winner. It wasn’t a blitzing like last year’s 49-3 wipeout, but the Lions were too much to handle throughout a sloppy 16-0 victory.
Chaminade outgained CCC by a wide margin but turnovers and penalties kept the Marauders in the game until the final quarter. The teams combined for 11 turnovers – six for Chaminade and five for CCC – and the Lions racked up more than 100 penalty yards.
After playing to a scoreless tie in the first quarter, Chaminade got on the board about three minutes into the second. A couple Daelen Menard-to-John Dunmore receptions and a 15-yard CCC penalty marched Chaminade to the Marauders 33. Senior running back Willie Davis IV did the rest, bursting through the line for a 33-yard score.
The three aforementioned Lions provided most of the visitor's 450-plus yards of total offense. Davis carried the load, rushing 31 times from the second to fourth quarters for 205 yards and the touchdown. Dunmore, a Penn State commit, hauled in 10 passes for 139 yards.
Turnovers were the culprit for Friday’s low-scoring affair.
CCC’s Giancarlo Margarejo snagged two interceptions and Kim Jae Manapin got another. Johnny Newton, Melvin Jordan and John Dunphy all recovered fumbles.
All five of Chaminade’s forced turnovers came via interceptions. James Williams grabbed two and Deidrick Stanley II, Earnest Felder and Ahmaud Jordan recorded the others.
Despite the lopsided statistics, CCC was able to limit Chaminade to three Carter Davis field goals following Willie Davis’ touchdown run.
Six forced turnovers resulting in zero points, however, is not in the recipe of winning playoff football.
CCC’s best shots at getting on the board came late in the first half, trailing 7-0, and early in the fourth quarter, down 13-0.
Chaminade provided 40 yards of penalties during that first opportunity, created by Margarejo’s second pick deep in CCC territory. The Marauders advanced no closer than the Lions 30 before turning the ball over on downs.
The missed chance in the fourth quarter came after taking over at the Chaminade 25 with 8:47 remaining. Terrific field position was created when CCC forced the Lions to punt from inside their end zone. The Marauders were able to move the chains once and get inside the Chaminade 20 but the drive’s sixth play ended with Williams’ interception.
CCC wraps up its season at 12-1 overall.
Chaminade advances to take on West Palm Beach King’s Academy for the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A state championship in Orlando at 10 a.m., Dec. 8. King’s Academy came back Friday to beat Tallahassee Florida State University, 49-48.
Chaminade is the defending Class 3A state champion, beating West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy 31-28 last season.
C-M - 0 – 7 – 6 – 3 --- 16
CCC - 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 --- 0
C-M – W. Davis 33-yard run. Kick (C. Davis) – 2nd Q (9:13)
C-M – C. Davis 34-yard FG – 3rd Q (7:39)
C-M – C. Davis 19-yard FG – 3rd Q (3:02)
C-M – C. Davis 32-yard FG – 4th Q (4:10)