(Lancaster) The Paraclete Spirits and the Sierra Canyon Traiblazers did battle on Friday night at Brent Carder Marauder Stadium on the Campus of Antelope Valley College for the Gold Coast League title. After four quarters the Spirits came out on top with a 26-7 victory and Gold Coast bragging rights for the year.
The two teams battled for more the a quarter and a half before either of the teams gained enough traction to get points on the board.
With 3:24 remaining he half, Paraclete struck in a big way. At first and ten at their own 10-yard line, Brevin White fired a deep pass in the direction of Andre Hunt. With a Trailblazer defender draped over him, Hunt hauled in the White pass broke free of the defender and was gone to paydirt.
The Spirits held on to the 7-0 lead for the remainder of the half.
Coming out of the break, Paraclete got the ball first and took full advantage. A nine play drive resulted in another score on a five yard run by Elijah Gates midway through the third period.
To close out the third, the Spirits completed another drive culminated by another touchdown pass from White to Hunt this time from 32 yards out.
Paraclete scored on their third consecutive drive of the second half on their shortest drive of the night of only 21 yards on the third White to Hunt connection. The drive was set up by an interception by Elijah Gates at the Sierra Canyon 45 and return to the Sierra Canyon 21.
Stymied all night by the Spirit defense the Trailblazers finally got on the board with just 1:14 left in the contest. Chayden Perry connected with Vincent Lightner over the middle from three yards out. The freshman Perry hit on 19 of 31 passes for 145 yards a touchdown and an interception.
On the other side, White connected on 9 of 18 for 234 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. White also was the Spirits leading rusher with 72 yards on 12 carries.
White’s favorite target was Hunt who hauled in five passes for 174-yards and three scores.
Both teams will now wait Sunday’s playoff paring to see where they will be playing next week.