Local roundup | Cardinal Mooney football suffers first loss; Manatee, Lakewood Ranch volleyball squads start fast at county tourney

September 28, 2013 

The Tampa Catholic football team showed why it is ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A.

The Crusaders cruised past host Cardinal Mooney 43-0, sending the Cougars (3-1) to their first loss.

Tampa Catholic quarterback Kyle Ploucher threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another in the victory.

Cardinal Mooney struggled offensively all night. The Cougars didn't pick up their first first down of the second half until the final minutes when the second teams were on the field.

Demardre Patterson lead the Cougars with 61 rushing yards on 20 attempts and Sean Morris Jr. had three catches for 33 yards.

The Cougars are off next week before heading to St. Petersburg Catholic on Oct.11.

ST. PETERSBURG CANTERBURY 21, SAINT STEPHEN'S 7 -- The Falcons' lone score came on a five-yard pass from Sam Dages to Luc Goeders as visiting Saint Stephen's fell to the Crusaders.

Sammy Faucette scored a pair of touchdowns and 106 yards to lead Canterbury (5-0).

The Falcons (1-4) host Cape Coral Oasis on Friday in a Gulf Atlantic Conference game.

CLEARWATER CALVARY CHRISTIAN 31, BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 21 -- The host Panthers lost their second consecutive game to fall to 3-2.

The Panthers resume their Class 2A-District 5 schedule next week when they host Largo Indian Rocks Christian. BCS is 1-1 in the district.

Volleyball

MANATEE COUNTY TOURNAMENT -- Manatee and Lakewood Ranch are on a collision course for a rematch after the first day of competition at Lakewood Ranch.

The Hurricanes, who defeated the Mustangs in last year's final, defeated Palmetto and Bradenton Christian 2-0 and will meet unbeaten Braden River in the pool final at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Lakewood Ranch downed Southeast and Bayshore and will face unbeaten Saint Stephen's in the other pool final.

The championship match is expected at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood Ranch.

-- Herald staff reports

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