The 2018 Mount Dora Christian Academy team went deeper into the postseason than any Bulldogs team before them.
They just didn’t go as deep as they wanted.
Running into the two-time Sunshine State Athletic Conference champion St. Stephens in Bradenton on Saturday night, MDCA couldn’t get its offense untracked in a 27-3 loss to the Falcons in the SSAC semifinals.
MDCA, which took a seven-game winning streak into the game, ends its season with a 7-4 record. Saint Stephens, which plays Orlando Christian Prep for the title next week, improves to 10-1. The Falcons are 31-2 over the past three seasons.
Saint Stephens put the game away with a pair of touchdowns in the final six minutes.
The two teams opened the game trading field goals, with Mount Dora Christian’s Kevin Davina giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with a 33-yard kick with 8:06 to go in the opening quarter.
Saint Stephen’s answered nearly four minutes later with a 30-yard kick by Noah Labelle to make it 3-3 with 4:16 to go in the quarter.
Saint Stephens opened the second quarter by capitalizing on a MDCA turnover to score for a 10-3 lead with 10:55 remaining in the half.
The Falcons got the only points of the third quarter on a 38-yard field goal by Labelle for a 13-3 with 7:27 to go in the quarter.
It stayed that way until St. Stephens put it away late in the fourth quarter.