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Calvary Christian’s mission: Stay calm, beat Clearwater Central Catholic<br /><br />

  • Calvary Christian High coach Todd Yoder has been waiting for this type of game — a heart-stopping, cliff-hanging, five-star, four-act drama on the football field.
  • At stake for Calvary Christian (3-1) is a chance to stay among the points leaders in Class 3A, Region 3 and earn a possible first-round postseason home game.
  • Calvary’s stadium, which opened six years ago, is a $4.2 million complex that has every amenity imaginable, including a glass-enclosed weight room, individual lockers for the players, a state-of-the-art turf field and a video scoreboard.
  • Calvary Christian has gone from Class 1B to 3A in seven years and is now in the same region with CCC.
  • “I think last year was the first time in the games we’ve played against them where we actually had kids believing we could win,” Yoder said.

CLEARWATERCalvary Christian High coach Todd Yoder has been waiting for this type of game — a heart-stopping, cliff-hanging, five-star, four-act drama on the football field.

Calvary Christian High coach Todd Yoder has been waiting for this type of game — a heart-stopping, cliff-hanging, five-star, four-act drama on the football field.

The Warriors host neighboring private school power Clearwater Central Catholic (6-0) tonight. At stake for Calvary Christian (3-1) is a chance to stay among the points leaders in Class 3A, Region 3 and earn a possible first-round postseason home game.

There also is an opportunity to do something the Warriors had never done: beat the Marauders.

“This is probably going to be the biggest game and the biggest crowd that we’ve ever had,” Yoder said.

The competition is not just on the field. It involves the schools themselves in what has amounted to a high-stakes game of building up athletic facilities and sports programs to boost enrollment.

Calvary’s stadium, which opened six years ago, is a $4.2 million complex that has every amenity imaginable, including a glass-enclosed weight room, individual lockers for the players, a state-of-the-art turf field and a video scoreboard.

A few years later, CCC installed turf, refurbished the locker room and added more bleachers and a press box on the home side of the field.

It took longer for the Warriors to construct a consistent playoff contender. Calvary Christian has had just two winning seasons and made…

Calvary Christian’s mission: Stay calm, beat Clearwater Central Catholic<br /><br />

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