Faith goes to 3-0; Harmony wins big
Makai Burris accounted for three touchdowns and Zach Thomas rushed for two more scores to help Faith Christian remain unbeaten Saturday night.
The host Lions knocked off Sunshine State Athletic Conference football rival The Master’s Academy 35-20 in a Beach Division showdown delayed by a day due to Hurricane Irma’s arrival early in the week.
Faith (3-0) pulled away from Master’s (3-1) for good midway through the third quarter when Burris reached the end zone on a 14-yard run, giving the Lions a 21-14 advantage.
A bad snap on a punt on Faith’s next possession was scooped up by Trey Calcutt, who got Master’s to within a point heading into the fourth after going 35 yards the other way. But the Eagles’ defense gave up two more scores on consecutive drives from there while the offense turned the ball over on downs and was intercepted by Malcolm Taylor.
“We had that bad snap that went for a score for them, but the team showed its resiliency and we didn’t blink an eye,” Faith coach Aaron Dobson said. “I’m proud of my ‘little’ team.”
Burris gave Faith a 14-8 lead entering the break when he turned a pass from sophomore Ty Poorman into a thrilling 82-yard score late in the second quarter.
Bishop Moore and Lake Highland Prep, both previously undefeated, suffered two losses each on Saturday at the tough Berkeley Prep Premier girls volleyball tournament in Tampa.
Both went 3-2 in the twoday tournament.
Bishop Moore (8-2), a two-time defending state champ, lost a pool-play match against tourney host Berkeley Prep and later lost in Silver-bracket play to Miami Westminster Christian. Those were the Hornets’ first defeats vs. Florida foes since 2015.
Bishop Moore’s lone loss last season was to California quarterfinalist Mater Dei of Santa Ana at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz.
Lake Highland Prep (12-2) defeated The First Academy in two sets to finish 3-0 in pool play but lost to tournament champion Marietta, Ga., Walton (16-0) and Tallahassee Leon.
Lake Highland plays at Bishop Moore on Thursday.
Master’s Academy basketball guard Jose Placer committed to NCAA D-I University of Maryland Baltimore County on Saturday morning after returning from an official visit that was much longer than expected. Placer and his family had return flights home cancelled on Saturday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Irma. They rented a car on Wednesday and drove back.
Former West Oaks and Tavares Liberty Christian guard Sylvain Francisco bypassed college basketball and signed a pro contract with France's top level Levallois Metropolitans.
Faith Christian’s Zak Thomas scores a touchdown during a 35-20 victory over Master’s Academy on Saturday.