ODA nearlyknocks offperfect Lions
The Out-of-Door Academy football team lost a heartbreaking Class 2A (urban)-District 6 contest with visiting Naples First Baptist on Friday. ODA fell 46-42 as the Lions continued their undefeated season.
"We had a shot with the number one team in our district," Out-of-Door Academy head coach Brett Timmons said. "A legitimate shot to make some (plays) and to end their undefeated season."
ODA (4-4 overall, 3-3 district) ended any outside chance of making the playoffs with the loss. The Thunder had a chance to try to win the game, but a failed onside kick allowed First Baptist to kill off the remaining time in the game.
Evan Wilson had four rushing touchdowns, while Drew Fineberg and Hunter Clarke had the other two scores.
Dillon Cramer paced the receiving corps with five catches for about 75 yards.
CLEARWATER CALVARY CHRISTIAN 48, BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 28 -- The Panthers fell in a Class 2A (urban)-District 5 matchup in Clearwater.
BCS dropped to 3-6 overall and 3-4 in the district.
CCC pulled away at the end of the third quarter as its option-offense took over late.
"They big-played us," Panthers head coach Allan Gerber said.
Joey Giardina had 20 carries for 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while John Giardina finished with 76 rushing yards on 17 attempts. Joey also completed 13 of 24 passes for 127 yards and a TD.
Playmaking wide receiver/running back Sinclair Laskett twisted his ankle on the first series, Gerber said, and did not play the remainder of the game.
"That really effected us," Gerber said. "It effected us to some degree on offense, but it really effected us defensively. We had to move some guys around ... and it effected us in the kicking game."
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF NAPLES 35, SAINT STEPHEN'S 14 --The visiting Falcons fell to the Seahawks in Class 2A (Urban)-District 6 play.
Herman Israelsson on a 3-yard run, and Tim Nutter ran in a score from 10 yards out for the Falcons (2-6, 1-5).
Saint Stephen's heads to Sarasota next week for a district game against Out-of-Door Academy.
-- Herald staff reports