By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
Mistakes cloud Pirates’ victory
PORT CHARLOTTE — Victory Christian didn’t do too much to stop Port Charlotte in Friday’s preseason game, but the Pirates did plenty to stop themselves.
Despite Port Charlotte’s 7-0 victory, coach Jordan Ingman wasn’t happy with his team’s performancee.
“I’m focusing on all the things we have to get better at right now,” said Ingman, whose team suffered 90 yards in penalties. “On defense, we played very hard, but we didn’t play smart in any phase tonight. It was probably the worst game we’ve played in four years from a penalty standpoint, and that’s my fault.
“I did a poor job getting the guys ready for this one, and it’s definitely a wake up call. We have a lot of work that needs to be done.”
The Pirates committed five personal fouls — four in the first half alone — and left themselves in situations where they didn’t score because of those penalties.
Port Charlotte moved the ball well on its first possession, but 30 yards of penalties left it on the edge of scoring range, where kicker
Devon McCormick missed a long field goal attempt.
The game was delayed more than two hours because of lightning in the area, which left fans, and likely the players, antsy as they waited to see if there would be a game.
“It killed us,” Ingman said. “(It was due to) a lack of focus. We came out of the rain delay and we were not focused. That’s my fault. I’ve got to do a better job making sure our guys are focused. You don’t beat anybody with those kind of penalties.”
By Steve Knapp, Sun Correspondent
When the starters were on the field Friday night, DeSoto County got the best of Cardinal Mooney in the preseason game in Sarasota.
The Bulldogs led at the end of three quarters, but the Cougars scored 19 points in the final period with the back-ups playing to pull out a 29-15 victory. DeSoto County led 9-0 after a quarter, 12-7 at halftime and 15-10 entering the final quarter before Cardinal Mooney rallied.
Nirion Washington caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Malcolm Smith and Cesar Barajas kicked field goals of 45 and 29 yards to cap Bulldogs’ possessions. The special teams also added points with a safety when a snap on a Cougars’ punting situation sailed into the end zone.
Smith and Washington made their connection in the first quarter. The safety followed shortly after before Barajas kicked his first 3-pointer to make it 12-0 with just 31 seconds left in the half.
Cardinal Mooney, however, struck 23 seconds later on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Barjas then added his second field goal in the third quarter before the Cougars began their comeback.
By Rick Nolte, Sports Editor
Tarpons tough all around
Charlotte’s offense proved its potency in Friday’s 48-0 romp of Clewiston, but the shutout says the defense was pretty solid, too.
The Tarpons held the Tigers to just 142 total yards and five first downs while also intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble.
However, 82 of the yards and three of the first downs came against Charlotte’s reserves following the game’s final touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Charlotte contained the Tigers with 11 plays that netted two or fewer yards, including five for negative yards or no gain. Charles Felton led Clewiston with 51 yards on three carries during a running clock.
Clewiston’s deepest penetration into Charlotte territory advanced to the 33-yard line on the final play of the third quarter before turning the ball over on downs.
Port Charlotte at Lemon Bay, 7 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Cypress Lake at North Port, 7:30 p.m.
Camden County (Ga.) at Venice, 7:30 p.m.
Sebring at DeSoto County, 7:30 p.m.