Prep football | St. Petersburg Northside Christian hands Bradenton Christian fourth straight defeat

Special to the HeraldOctober 12, 2013 

ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Petersburg Northside Christian's Mustangs kicked off their homecoming game in style, putting on a clinic against the Bradenton Christian Panthers.

That resulted in a 33-10 loss for the Panthers, dropping them to 3-4 on the year, with their fourth straight loss. Northside Christian snapped its three-game losing streak.

The Panthers started off the game with promise, stopping great field position by the Mustangs twice, both in the red zone, within the first five minutes.

However, that defensive success was short-lived, as Northside QB Griffin Alstott (son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great and current Northside head coach MikeAlstott) got the offense going with a 31-yard pass to tight end Max Massengill.

Things got worse for the Panthers from there, as two more touchdowns, one for more than 50 yards, were run in within a five-minute span.

The first sign of life from Bradenton Christian's offense came halfway through the second quarter, when a long march down the field culminated in a field goal.

Unfortunately, the momentum it was meant to provide fizzled almost as quickly, as on the next possession, a fumble near midfield all-but-killed any chance of the Panthers scoring again before halftime.

The second half just showed how anemic the Panthers' offense can be; the only score they managed, a drive down the field capped off with a short rush into the end zone by running back Zach Cooper, was at the end of the third quarter.

Even though Northside Christian gave the Panthers numerous chances, having amassed 14 penalties throughout the game, the Panthers just couldn't seem to find the offense they needed.

The nail in the coffin for Bradenton Christian came at the hands of Massengill, who played double-duty as a tight end and linebacker. He intercepted a Joey Giardina pass that ended an otherwise productive drive by the Panthers.

Bradenton Christian will be looking to recover against Tampa's Carrollwood Day School on the road next Friday.

The next home game for the Panthers is Oct. 25 against Fort Myers Canterbury.

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