MELBOURNE – Melbourne Central Catholic was unable to hold on in the Class 3A semifinal against Chaminade-Madonna from Hollywood, Fla. as the Hustlers (11-1) fell 42-17 on Friday night.
Chaminade-Madonna’s Shaun Shivers proved to be a huge challenge to the MCC defense as he rushed for 243 yards and five touchdowns, including the first one of the game, a short two-yard sprint into the end zone to give the Lions the lead.
At first, MCC was able to keep pace, scoring immediately on the next drive with a 25-yard touchdown reception by Levi Wilson from quarterback Joaquin Collazo.
But Shivers proved how easily he could break free of the MCC defense as he evaded several tackles on his way to a 64-yard touchdown run to finish off the first-quarter scoring.
In the second quarter, MCC fought back to prove it was still in the game. Will McKegg booted a 32-yard field goal and Lorenzo Hardy ran the ball 30 yards for a touchdown to make it a four-point game. It seemed like the defense had figured out the tough Chaminade-Madonna running game and was forcing several three-and-out situations, too.
By the end of the third quarter, however, Chaminade-Madonna came back with a vengeance. Shivers had another two touchdown runs, including one for 74 yards, and Keontra Smith returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown to put the game away for the Lions.
Despite the tough loss, MCC head coach Stacy Sizemore was extremely proud of his team, saying that the progress they made this year would contribute to bigger years to come.
“I said don’t let this one game take away from what we’ve done this season,” Sizemore told reporters after the game. “It’s been an historic season here at Melbourne Central Catholic, first time ever at the school we’ve ever been in a state semifinal.”
CHAMINADE-MADONNA 42, MCC 17
Chaminade-Madonna 14 7 7 14 – 42
Melbourne CC 7 3 7 0 – 17
CM: Shaun Shiver 1 run (Daniel Longman kick), 8:32
MCC: Levi Wilson 25 pass from Joaquin Collazo (Will McKegg kick), 7:30
CM: Shaun Shiver 64 run (Daniel Longman kick), 6:32
CM: Shaun Shiver 24 run (Daniel Longman kick), 10:56
MCC: Will McKegg 32 FG, :00
MCC: Lorenzo Hardy 30 run (Will McKegg kick), :57
CM: Shaun Shiver 9 run (Daniel Longman kick), :34
CM: Shaun Shiver 74 run (Daniel Longman kick), 8:08
CM: Keontra Smith 20 interception return (Daniel Longman kick), 7:56