The Saint Stephen's football team controlled the first half Friday night at Clearwater Calvary Christian.
The second half was another story.
Calvary Christian scored the final 20 points of the game, all in the second half, to beat the Falcons 20-7 in the season opener.
Saint Stephen's lone score came on a seven-yard pass from Sam Dages to Jordon Murrell.
"Physically, we were in control the whole first half. ... I was very proud of the way the kids battled throughout the game. It's the most hard-nosed football we've played. It bodes well for the future," Falcons coach Tod Creneti said.
CARDINAL MOONEY 47, LABELLE 7 -- Reese Vita threw three second-quarter touchdown passes to three different receivers, and six Cougars scored touchdowns as Cardinal Mooney trounced the visiting Cowboys in the season opener.
The Cougars led 6-0 after one quarter on a pair of Blake Young field goals. Vita hit Austin Leach with a 20-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. He connected with Sean Morris on a 40-yard score and Blair Perry for a 30-yard touchdown to give Cardinal Mooney a 33-7 halftime advantage.
Alex Sobczak scored on an 11-yard run, and freshman Vince Sellers ripped off a 37-yard touchdown jaunt. Linebacker Charles Griffin picked up a fumble and went 37 yards for the final Cardinal Mooney score.
The Cougars have won the past six meetings with LaBelle.
BRADEN RIVER 28, NORTH FORT MYERS 3 -- The Pirates, who won just once last season, opened the 2013 campaign with a victory, scoring 28 straight points at home.
The game was delayed 30 minutes by lightning at the start of the fourth quarter.
IMG ACADEMY 21, ORLANDO OLYMPIA 6 -- In a game delayed an hour at the outset by lightning, the Ascenders claimed their first official game as a varsity program on the road.
IMG led 14-0 at halftime.
-- Herald staff reports