The Berean Christian School Bulldogs football team recently ventured to Deltona to participate in the Deltona 7 On 7 Football Tournament and Big Man Challenge, sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy.
In the seeding games, the Bulldogs lost two games by a total of three points. This seeded them third in their division for the Saturday tournament. On Saturday morning, the team of Parker Woolwine, Malachi Kearney and Sean McLaughlin started the morning off right by winning the Big Man Challenge. The team of David Combs, Dante Mecurio, Chris Todd and KerstenFrancilus finished a close second.
Once the 7 on 7 tournament began, quarterback Chris Mauck and receivers KeilonStube, Daniel Pinkerman, Nick Doucette, Luke Jamison, Kasey Montrois and Romiere Morgan demonstrated that they had come to play. In the first game, they faced the top-seeded team from the other division, Halifax Academy. Halifax took an early lead, but Mauck took control with precision passing, and the Bulldogs held on to win in a tight one.
The No. 2 seed from their own division, Carrollwood Day School, was next. The team had beaten the Bulldogs by one point the previous day when Berean dropped a pass on the last play. However, on Saturday morning, Carrollwood proved to be no match for the Bulldogs.
Berean now walked into the championship game against Class 6A opponent Deltona High School. The game would become a brawl, as both teams went back and forth with scores in the first half and a trade of interceptions with great defense from both teams. In the second half, Mauck led the Bulldogs to a lead, but Deltona came right back to close the score to 28-22.
With 50 seconds remaining, Deltona got a defensive interference call on fourth down to give them a second chance, but great defensive plays by Stube, Doucette and Jamison stopped Deltona short, and the Bulldogs took home the championship trophy.
ABOVE: The Berean Christian School Bulldogs celebrate their victory in the Deltona 7 On 7 Football Tournament.