Eastside Catholic quarterback Harley Kirsch threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-21 loss to Trinity Christian on Saturday at the Burger King State Champions Bowl Series in Florida.
The game was tied at 14-all at halftime. But Trinity Christian, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion in Florida, started to push away in the third quarter when running back Chris Barr started to make big moves. He scored his third touchdown of the game early in the third quarter to make it 21-14 on a three-yard run. At the two minute mark of that same period, he took off for a 93-yard touchdown run, making it 28-14.
Michael Clark’s 3-yard run in the fourth quarter with 7:35 left capped a seven play, 98-yard drive for Trinity Christian for the team’s final touchdown.
Arend Broekmate led Eastside Catholic with 10 tackles and Jonathon Webster had nine. Hunter Bryant caught five passes for 87 yards with a touchdown and Matt Laris hauled in five passes for 97 yards. Devon Arbis-Jackson, who caught four passes for 88 yards, also scored for the Crusaders.
Eastside Catholic’s run game was held in check and Addison Hull was the leader in that category with 49 yards on 12 rushes.
Barr of Trinity Christian had 111 yards on five carries and Clark rushed for 136 yards on 14 carries.