The Bayshore High Bruins fell to the Central Clearwater Catholic Marauders in a preseason jamboree Friday night. Junior quarterback Jakob Parks threw for three first-half touchdowns to lead the Marauders to a 37-0 victory. Both teams failed to score in the second half as a running clock was used.
The highlight of the night came in the middle of the second quarter, when junior Tyler McDonald nailed a 49-yard field goal with room to spare to give the Maruaders a 16-0 lead.
As the Bruins prepare for the regular season, headcoach Elijah Freeman stressed the need to continue to improve.
"We had a lot of guys that competed," Freeman said after the game. "Now we have a lot of guys that need to work on their technique We need to be a more responsible team."
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The Bruins have a small roster, so they are still looking to fill some holes with younger players.
"We also have some young guys that played at the end that we are going to evaluate and see if they can help us," Freeman said, "We may need to pull some of those guys up with us so we can finish a game."
Senior Zorian Brooks received the majority of the snaps at quarterback for the Bruins, but Freeman said no decision has been made as to who will start in the Bruins' first game.
While the quarterback battle is still ongoing, senior running back Ashawn Angel appeared to lock down the top running back position. He led the team with nine carries on the night and caught a pass out of the backfield.
"He ran the ball real hard," said Freeman about Angel's performance. "He just didn't have enough holes to be effective."
After going 2-8 last season, Freeman and his staff are working to change the mindset of the program and get ready for district play.
"We certainly wanted to see a better start to the season, but we want to get
better every week," Freeman said, "We have two tough games coming upI wanted it to be tough a tough road so when we got to that district play we're ready to compete. "
Marauders 37, Bruins 7
CCC: Dilan Scargle four yard reception from Jakob Parks (Tyler McDonald kick good) 11:16
CCC: Rashaad Stewart 11 yard run (Tyler McDonald kick no good) 9:37
CCC: Tyler McDonald 49-yard Field Goal 7:08
CCC: Jerquan Newton fumble recovery (Tyler McDonald kick good) 5:19
CCC: C.J. Cotman 19 yard reception from Jakob Parks (Tyler McDonald kick good) 1:39
CCC: C.J. Cotman 5 yard reception from Jakob Parks (Tyler McDonald kick good) 0:00