TAMPA — When Cambridge Christian coach Bob Dare finally recovered his breath and was able to speak to his team, all he could do was say “Wow.’’
It was that type of night for the Lancers who survived a shaky offensive line, a porous defense, and a last-minute attack that could have given Calvary the game. It came down to a fourth down deep in Cambridge territory. The Lancers led by five, but Calvary quarterback Jack Sheehan had kept the Warriors in the game. His last-minute toss to the end zone was broken up by Cambridge freshman Derrick Powell and the Lancers escaped.
Powell made the play of his football life in his first game as a high schooler.
“We knew (Calvary) was good and they were tough,’’ Powell said. “The guy slipped past me so I knew I had to try to make a play. I had to go for the ball and knock it down and I got it just in time.’’
Cambridge struck first on a sort pass from Young to Tristan Wood, but Calvary battled back with 21 unanswered points, all coming from three touchdowns by Stephon Williams, including a 69-yard run.
Cambridge bounced right back and tied it after Calvary fumbled a kickoff. The Lancers capitalized with a short pass from Young to Mace Thomas.
The teams traded leads until the fourth quarter when Williams scored on a 4-yard run and then ran in the two-point conversion, but Cambridge answered with a pass from Young to Wood to give the lead back to the Lancers who wouldn’t give it back.