Without a lot of scoring, Barron Collier coach Dan Pallante put the ball in the right hands with running back Darren Pass on Friday.
Pass gained a good amount of his team’s offense and scored on what held up as the game-winning score as the Cougars beat Gulf Coast 15-3 in the Catfish Bowl at Gulf Coast.
Pass had 111 yards rushing and one all-important touchdown early on.
Barron quarterback Brian Chancy threw for 70 yards for BC (3-4 overall, 1-2 District 6A-13) and one touchdown.
“The Catfish Bowl rivalry obviously means a lot to both teams,” Barron coach Dan Pallante said. “These kids went to the same middle school, so they all pretty much know each other well. That’s what makes it so much fun. Our defense wanted to slow it down as much as possible. That was the key for the game for us.”
Will Sheriffs gained 49 to lead the Sharks (3-5, 1-3).
The Cougars scored first with 5:02 left in the first quarter when Pass scored on a 4-yard run. It was set up after a blocked a punt deep in Sharks’ territory.
Gulf Coast got its only score on Jake Vivinetto’s 32-yard field goal. That made it 8-3 with 7:34 left in the first half.
In the third quarter, BC took advantage of a short field for its second score. Chancy hit Ian Williams with a 29-yard touchdown that basically put the game out of reach.
BC: Darren Pass 4 run (Pass run)
GC: FG 32 Jake Vivinetto
BC: Ian Williams 29 pass from Brian Chancy (Niko Gomez kick)