Merritt Island Christian extended Senior Night greetings to Ocala Christian Friday, recognizing the visitors’ three seniors as part of the festivities.
Maybe that’s why Crusader David Cizmadia seemed right at home as his three touchdowns and key interception helped Ocala Christian down the Cougars, 27-14.
A 43-yard Cizmadia first quarter run quickly erased the Cougars lead from Max Power’s 14-yard run.
Down 27-6, the Cougars (1-6) had a chance to get back into the game after Trey Sowards, one of seven MICS seniors honored at halftime, scooped up a Smith fumble and got to Crusadar 16.
But two plays later, Cizmadia stepped in front of a pass for the end zone interception and returned it 40 yards to shift momentum the other way.
“Speed like (Cizmadia’s) hurts us,” Merritt Island Christian coach David Nevad said. “They run something similar to a counter and he was getting around the edge on us.”
The Cougars found new life again in the fourth quarter.
Randy Gore turned a short run into a 24-yard touchdown with 6:08 remaining, then the Cougars recovered the kick at the Ocala Christian 35. However, the Crusaders sacked Power to end the threat.
“They got up too much on us,” Nevad said. “We had great fight in the end.”