The Berean Christian Bulldogs defeated the Southwest Florida Christian Kings 35-20 last week.
The Kings struck first with a two-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to take an early 8-0 lead. Berean quarterback Chris Mauck and wide receiver Nick Doucette then connected on two touchdown passes. A missed kick and a KeilonStube two-point conversion sweep around the left end gave the Bulldogs a 14-8 lead. While the Berean defense appeared to have stopped the Kings after a long drive, a tipped interception found its way into the hands of a Kings receiver. The conversion failed, and the score was tied 14-14 before play was suspended due to lightning. After a long ride home and a return trip to Fort Myers on Saturday, Joe Hendricks intercepted a Kings pass to end the half.
SWFC struck early in the third on a touchdown pass to take a 20-14 lead. But Mauck and his offensive line began to dominate with the help of center Austin Fyke. The team put together a 70-yard drive culminating in a two-yard touchdown strike to Daniel Pinkerman. Daryk Racine’s kick gave Berean a 21-20 advantage.
Later, running back Kasey Montrois dove off right tackle, escaped two tacklers and tight-roped down the sideline for an amazing 92-yard touchdown run. The PAT snap was short, but Jarrod Hammond scooped up the ball and raced into the end zone, giving Berean a 29-20 lead.
SWFC went to the air, but Hendricks was there for his second interception. Two plays later, Mauck’s 27-yard pass to Doucette led to another touchdown and the 35-20 win.