Spring football | Bradenton Christian Panthers pounce on Saint Stephen's Falcons

Bradenton Christian runs past Saint Stephen's

jdill@bradenton.comMay 18, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Leading into Friday's spring football game, Bradenton Christian's Sinclair Laskett vowed to do more for his team this season.

The rising senior had his first chance to unveil his plan against visiting Saint Stephen's.

Laskett scored four times and racked up 179 total yards from scrimmage. He rushed for 80 yards and caught seven passes for 99 yards.

Couple that with a well-rounded Panthers game from a bevy of other players, and BCS reeled off a 38-6 victory.

"All week at school, we were just saying this phrase, 'Turn up, turn up,'" Laskett said. "And that's what we wanted to do (Friday)."

BCS certainly did turn up Friday as the Panthers recovered four fumbles and blocked a punt.

But the catalyst on offense was Laskett, who plodded through an uneventful first quarter on the stat sheet.

Once he got past that opening period, the speedster burned past several would-be Saint Stephen's tacklers. Two of his scores came in the rushing game, while the other two were off receptions from rising sophomore quarterback Joey Giardina.

BCS also received a blocked punt from rising senior Lance Perkins, who had a couple sacks and aided a defensive unit that stymied the Falcons for most of the game.

"(Friday) was an opportunity to oil that machine back up," Panthers head coach Allan Gerber said. "But it was also an opportunity to plug

some of those pieces in and see how they'd react when the lights are on and the scoreboard was on. I was pleased with the effort."

However, there were moments to improve upon heading into the summer schedule.

Despite the strong overall attack on offense and defense, the Panthers committed several penalties that negated potential scores.

For instance, Peyton Spencer's 40-yard interception return in the first quarter and Giardina's 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter were called back for a block in the back and holding penalty, respectively.

"I have to do a better job of coaching discipline within our football program," Gerber said. "And a lot of it has to do with fatigue and pad level. When you get tired, and you start to play high, you start grabbing. And that's really where those things come from."

Meanwhile, the Falcons had difficulty sustaining any momentum on offense after three consecutive turnovers to begin the game. They did score right before halftime, though, when rising sophomore quarterback Bobby Harrison found Sam Dages for a 7-yard touchdown.

"We struggled (Friday) to get any continuity," Saint Stephen's head coach Tod Creneti said. "I felt like we did some things that were positive; we just made some mistakes within ourselves. This is a measuring stick, and it's a great indication of what we need to work on and where we need to go. That's what the spring is all about."

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