Faith goes to 3-0; Har­mony wins big

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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.

STEPHEN M. DOWELL/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Faith Chris­tian’s Zak Thomas scores a touch­down dur­ing a 35-20 vic­tory over Mas­ter’s Academy on Satur­day.

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