Boca Ciega 17
SCORE BY QUARTER
|BOCA CIEGA HIGH SCHOOL||0||10||0||7||–||17|
|COUNTRYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL||0||14||7||14||–||35|
|TD||CHS — Gray Crow threw 69 yards to Marrieo Taylor for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Pandy.|
|TD||CHS — Ryan Yates ran 4 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Pandy.|
|TD||BC — Fortune Gamble ran 1 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Omar Tovar.|
|FG||BC — Omar Tovar kicked a 25-yard field goal.|
|TD||CHS — Gray Crow threw 55 yards to Ryan Yates for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Pandy.|
|TD||BC — Denzal Dillard ran 3 yards to Omar Tovar for a touchdown. PAT was good by Omar Tovar.|
|TD||CHS — Ryan Yates ran 36 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Pandy.|
|TD||CHS — Diomi Roberts ran 4 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good by Ryan Pandy.|
For three consecutive seasons, BocaCiega and Countryside have produced one of the most entertaining games on the regular-season slate.
In all three, Countryside staked itself to a lead only to watch as the Pirates rallied in the fourth quarter.
The past two years, Boca Ciegahad the ball with a chance to tie or win on the game’s last possession but fell short.
This year’s opener nearly reached that point. Boca Ciegalanded a few haymakers in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars had the knockout blow in a 35-17 season-opening victory.
“We finished,” Countryside coach Jared Davis said. “…I’m proud of them for finishing the game and, really, excelling in the fourth quarter.”
Countryside entered the last quarter with a 21-10 lead, but Boca Ciegaclimbed within a possession after an 11-play, 59-yard drive capped by a 3-yard run on fourth and goal by Denzal Dillard. That drive was aided by a roughing-the-kicker call on Countryside after the Cougars had stopped the Pirates three and out.
On the first play of the ensuing possession, Countryside’s Diomi Roberts fumbled, handing the ball back to the Pirates on their 47-yard line with six minutes remaining. Boca Ciega took the ball to the Countryside 41, but a 9-yard tackle for loss by the Cougars’ Mike Love snuffed out that scoring chance. On fourth down, a blocked punt gave Countryside possession near midfield.
“The second half, it was kind of tough for us to establish drives,” first-year Boca Ciega coach Antez Brinson said.
Countryside took the clock down to three minutes, then on fourth and 1, fullback Ryan Yates raced off left tackle 36 yards for the game-sealing touchdown.
“It was a game-changing play. It was fourth down,” Yates said. “If we didn’t get it, they could have won. I wasn’t going to let that happen.”
Boca Ciega quarterback Bobby Runcie was intercepted on the next drive by Shyzzam Shackleford, who returned the ball to the Pirates’ 4-yard line. Roberts carried in on the next play to put the Cougars up 35-17.
“When the game’s on the line … our defense wants to be on the field,” Davis said. “They want the game on their backs.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Countryside’s Gray Crow hit Marrieo Taylor for a 69-yard scoring strike. Yates had a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 and added a 55-yard catch-and-score in the third quarter.
Fortune Gamble had a 1-yard touchdown run, and Omar Tovar hit a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter for Boca Ciega.
Story and Photo by tampabay.com/hometeam