High School Sports

Roundup | Bayshore High ousted from playoff hunt with loss to DeSoto

BRADENTON -- Yards were hard to come by, points were even harder.

Bayshore managed just 112 total yards -- 57 of them on fake punts -- in a 9-3 loss to DeSoto that eliminated the Bruins from playoff contention.

Jesus Urdaneta's 23-yard field goal just before halftime turned out to be Bayshore's lone points of the night.

Arcadia DeSoto (1-7, 1-3) took a 7-3 lead with a touchdown with 6:10 left in the game, then expanded it to 9-3 with a safety at the 5:28 mark.

Bayshore (1-7, 1-3) had two possessions to get back in the game but struggled to move the ball.

The Bruins return to action next week at Englewood Lemon Bay.

VENICE 43, LAKEWOOD RANCH 7 -- The Mustangs tried some early trickery against the Indians on Friday in Venice, but eventually fell to the Indians, 43-7.

Ranch (1-7, 0-4) picked up 35 yards using a flea flicker on its second drive and eventually scored its only touchdown on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Justin Curtis to running back Justin Fischer, cutting Venice's lead to 15-7.

The Indians, however, set up a Class 7A-District 11 elimination game against Palmetto next week.

Venice (7-1, 3-1) scored on touchdown runs by Bryce Carpenter and Matt LaRoche, a fumble recovery by Aaron Hackett and three touchdown passes by Carpenter.

Lakewood Ranch, which has already be eliminated from playoff contention, travels to North Port next week for a district finale against the Bobcats.

TAMPA CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN 49, BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 8 -- The Panthers defense struggled again Friday, giving up at least 49 points for the sixth straight game, and Cambridge Christian remained unbeaten with a 49-8 win against BCS in Tampa.

Bradenton Christian (2-6, 1-3) managed only 65 yards on the ground and 88 through the air against the Lancers (8-0, 3-0) to officially end its postseason hopes in Class 2A-District 5.

Running back Zack Cooper Jr. scored the only touchdown of the game for the Panthers on a 19-yard rush and Brett Gerber followed it with a two-point conversion run. Gerber also led the team with 14 tackles in the loss.

BCS is finished with district play and will host Fort Myers Canterbury next week.

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