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It wasn't the end to the season that the Cyclones hoped for as they fell to the top seed, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, 60-18.
However, the experience was invaluable for the future of the team according to coach Jeff Shabram.
"It gave us another week to practice, to work and gave the kids another week to play football," he said.
Clearwater-Orchard fell behind early, struggling to stop a strong running game from the Bluejays. A Kirby Willats touchdown grab late in the first quarter seemed to give the Cyclones life, as they began to lock down defensively and move the ball offensively, but they still entered the halftime break down 44-6.
In the second half, the Bluejays were only able to muster up two touchdowns, however the Cyclones were unable to close the gap, scoring just twice as well late in the fourth quarter.
Chris Kester struggled at the quarterback spot, connecting on just three of his 11 attempts for 23 yards and a score. However, his efforts on the ground game were impressive, going 86 yards on 15 carries, including a 46-yard scamper that nearly set up another Cyclone score.
Creston Bertschinger also had 15 carries for Clearwater-Orchard, amassing 45 yards and a touchdown. Late in the game, Seth Lampert took over the running back duties, gathering 74 yards on just six carries and a touchdown.
Willats' 22-yard touchdown grab was his only catch of the night.
With the season now complete and with just two seniors moving on, Shabram is excited about the potential of this years team as they grow and develop.
"We can work on developing some speed and being physical at the line," he said. "We'll get bigger, faster and stronger in the weight room in the offseason, and these guys are naturally going to grow as they become young men, now we just need to speed up the process by working hard with our workouts."