The Christian Collegiate Academy Bulldogs made a bit of history on Thursday night against Lighthouse Private Christian Academy in Pensacola.
For the first eight seasons, the Gulfport school has strictly played eight-man football. This year, however, because of some schedule shuffling right before the start of the season, CCA opted to play Lighthouse, an 11-man team.
The Bulldogs (2-4) fell 14-7, but CCA coach Joe Roberts was proud of his team.
“We learned a lot,” he said. “It was a good opportunity and our boys played lights out.”
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Roberts said the program is considering transitioning to 11-man football in the coming years depending on enrollment numbers.
“We’re excited for the opportunity,” he said.
The game was scoreless at halftime. CCA pulled ahead 7-0 in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Caleb Bush and an extra point by Matthew Brown.
Lighthouse tied the game early in the fourth quarter and went ahead in the final minutes.
Jay Brisco led CCA with 103 yards on 23 rushes. Alex Conley recorded an interception. Bush had two sacks and Devin Lewis added a third.
CCA will return to eight-man football next Friday with a home game against Briarfield Academy in Louisiana.