If Friday night’s Kickoff Classic was any indication, then the Bayside Bears likely will claw out some victories this season.
Taking on Class 7A power Oviedo, Class 6A Bayside twice fell behind by 10 points, only to fight back to within three on each occasion, before finally going down, 24-14. The Lions, who outrushed and outplayed the Bears for most of the night, didn’t put the game away until Chris Davis hit David Joyce on a 55-yard, catch-and-run touchdown play with 6 minutes, 30 seconds left.
“Once we get past the mental mistakes, we’ll be a good football team,” Bayside coach Derek Smith said. “We had two red-zone mistakes tonight. We played a good football team in Oviedo.”
Bayside junior quarterback Lucious McKay passed for 198 yards and one touchdown. His 76-yard touchdown pass to Kory Schick with 1:44 left in the first half was one of the highlight plays of the game and allowed the Bears to enter halftime trailing just 10-7. Schick, who also rushed for 56 yards and one score, got behind several Oviedo defenders and raced 40 yards untouched to the end zone.
The Bears, who went 4-6 in 2011, host Class 4A, second-ranked Jacksonville Bolles Friday night to open the regular season.
Oviedo found success using the combination of quarterback Davis and sophomore running back Jurrel Green, who rushed for 119 yards. Green galloped for 87 yards in the first half and helped the Lions churn out several long drives.
The Bears missed a field goal in the third quarter — one of two misses on the night — before scoring on their opening drive of the fourth quarter: a 1-yard run by Schick.