CLEARWATER – Thick and dark clouds floated around Clearwater High’s football stadium throughout the first half, but the rain didn’t come until the final 24 minutes when basically everyone in attendance got drenched. Nonetheless, Clearwater Central Catholic came in and picked up a 21-14 win in a game where the score made it appear closer than it truly was.
Running back CJ Cotman powered his way into the endzone from eight yards out to give CCC the lead with 3:07 left in the opening quarter. Cotman simply bulldozed his way in on the touchdown grab.
It took the Marauders another nine minutes to get on the board again as quarterback Jakob Parks tossed his second touchdown pass of the night on a perfect 17-yard strike to tight end Dane Salterelli.
Then perhaps the best play of the night and of Rashaad Stewart’s career came two minutes later. Stewart took a pitch at the Clearwater 30-yard line down to the 15 where he fell on his hand. Just about everybody thought he was done, but Stewart kept running and found his way into the endzone to make the game 21-0.
Right before the pour down midway through the third quarter, 1-on-1 with Clearwater WR Jacquez Jones made a huge play for the Tornadoes. The senior receiver and Tennessee commit hauled in an Austin Day pass near the CCC 45-yard line (15-yard gain) and then proceeded to breakaway from defenders to go another 55 yards for the touchdown.
Clearwater would score with just 1.3 seconds left in the game on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Day to Brannan Demeter.
Standouts for CCC
RB/DB Jervon Newton
One of three brothers on the team, Jervon starred on both sides of the ball in all 48 minutes. The rising senior had 40 rushing yards and an interception in the first half. He carried the rock well in the second half and made a handful of key tackles. He plays with a high intelligence and isn’t afraid to mix it up.
RB/DB Rashaad Stewart
Perhaps the most intriguing player on this CCC squad is rising senior Rashaad Stewart. He rotated in at running back and ran with purpose. His 30-yard touchdown was something you see in college or the pros, great determination from him. This is all without mentioning that he led the team with two interceptions. Stewart has a bright future.
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WR/DB C.J. Cotman
Cotman had the game’s first touchdown and an interception late in the fourth quarter. The rising senior is a dynamic chess piece for this offense. At 5’10”, 170 lbs., he is both strong and fast and should have a big year for the Marauders.
QB Jakob Parks
In the opening half, Parks looked really good. He completed 5-of-12 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. The rain wiped away any chance of teams really throwing the ball, but Parks, a former Plant quarterback looked poised throughout this one. At 6’4″, 200 lbs, he is very rangy and that is something he uses well, his length. (Video of his touchdown pass to Salterelli if you click here).
Honorable mentions: WR Amari Burney, DL Tyler McDonald, LB Deandre Fitz-Henley, TE/DE Jake Salterelli, DL Nick Joseph
Standouts for Clearwater
WR Jacquez Jones
At the half, Jones had 41 yards on four touches. The rising senior had a couple of grabs in the second half, but none was bigger than the 80-yard touchdown that I recapped before. Jones has straight line speed and that is dangerous. The Vols are getting a great one in him.
DE Tramar Reece
Reece picked up his first sack of the game in the third quarter and it was a big one. From the jump, Reece beat his man off the snap and got to Parks forcing a field goal attempt that fell short for CCC. Clearwater went right down the field and scored moments later. Reece, a rising senior uses his size to his advantage as an edge rusher.
Tramar Reece with a big sack for Clearwater forcing a CCC FG attempt. Which is no good. pic.twitter.com/YihscPMeCh
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RB Adarius Lemons
Although the rising senior back was held in check in the first half, he was a hammer in the final quarter. He broke off key runs including one inside the CCC 20-yard line where it took five players to finally take him down. Lemons is a man and the scouts tonight were out to watch him do exactly what he did late in the game, shine.
Honorable mentions: RB Brannan Demeter, LB Semaj James, OL Zach Hauschild.
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