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For the sixth straight year the Trinity Catholic Celtics Football team downed the Williston Red Devils. Playing in the same district this season, the Celtics moved their record to 4-0 in district play and 8-0 overall.
“It is what it is” said Red Devil Head Coach Jamie Baker following his teams 59-13 loss, their first in the district this season.
Dropping to 2-1 in district play and 4-3 overall Baker continued. “They are a really good football team. This is the worst they have beaten us since I’ve been coaching here.”
The Celtics, behind quarterback Joseph Little’s arm and the running of Jeremiaha Gates, put the game away in the first quarter.
Scoring on their first five possessions, including an 86 yard kickoff return by Jeremiaha Gates, the Celtics held a convincing 28-7 lead with just under 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Red Devils first score came on a DJ King to Tony James pass covering 80 yards to pull the score to 21-7.
The kick off return made it 28-7, followed by a Austin McClellan 8 yard run making it 35-7 with 1:29 seconds left in the first quarter.
Following a Red Devil fumble on their last possession of the first quarter, a quick touchdown pass to McCellan made the score 42-7 ending the first quarter.
Still trailing 42-7 Red Devil Orvil Stone, picked off a pass with 2:06 remaining in the first half. King then rolled into the end zone from 16 yards out for the Red Devils second score of the game. The extra point snap was bobbled and the try was no good.
Trailing 42-13 with 33 seconds left in the first half, the Celtics called a time out.
They were facing a fourth and five from the Red Devil 20 yard line. Gates rambled into the end zone on a nifty run shredding the Red Devil defense. With the extra point kick the score at half time was 49-13 with the Celtics leading.
As the third quarter got under way, the Red Devil defense held the Celtics scoring machine to a mere 24 yard field goal making it a 52-13 game.
With a running clock in the fourth and final quarter, the Celtics added another touchdown to continue their district dominance under Head Coach John Brantly.
Despite their senior night loss, the Red Devils can still clinch the district runner-up spot next week at Mount Dora, a very good team.
The Celtics, to no one’s surprise, can clinch the district title next week with a win over Umatilla, a team the Red Devils beat 43-3.
The Williston vs. Mount Dora game has a 7 p.m. start time Friday, Oct. 29.