Jefferson 35, Strawberry Crest 31

Shaquille Speights scored his fourth touchdown Friday with five seconds remaining, pushing Jefferson (5-4, 4-2) to an emotional comeback win, 35-31 over Strawberry Crest (3-6, 1-5).

The Dragons overcame a pesky Chargers squad, but a looming FHSAA ruling that could result in three forfeited wins awaits.

“We knew going into the game that we were set up for an upset,” Jefferson coach Jeremy Earle said. “As much as you try to avoid it, there we were. Staring at it right in our faces.”

Strawberry Crest took a 31-28 lead with less than two minutes left. Dragons quarterback Deiondre Porter ran for 45 yards on the deciding drive and his toss to Speights sealed it. The senior tailback rushed for three other scores.

This article can be found here as originally published in The Tampa Bay Times.

King 28, Strawberry Crest 16

TAMPA — Once it established the run, King dominated, beating Strawberry Crest 28-16 on Friday night.

Senior quarterback Kenyatta Young took advantage of a flooded line of scrimmage by simply throwing over it.

“He wants to be a college quarterback. He’s big enough to be a college quarterback,” said King coach Alvin Davis. “He did real good tonight.”

Young started off cold though, completing just four of his first 11 passes. But he finished by completing seven of his final eight, including three touchdowns.

After being shut out in the first quarter, King scored in each of the final three, accented by 14 in the fourth. The defense forced four turnovers and accounted for eight sacks in the game.

This article can be found here, as originally published in print in The Tampa Bay Times.

Bloomingdale 28, Strawberry Crest 27

VALRICO — In his first career varsity game, Isaiah McIntyre was efficient and explosive. More than that though, he was perfect.

McIntyre finished 11-for-11 in the game for 140 yards and two touchdowns as Bloomingdale edged Strawberry Crest 28-27. The young quarterback added 22 yards on the ground as well, including a key first down with less than two minutes left in the game.

“You’ve got a 14-year-old under the lights. How is he going to perform? I didn’t know,” said Bloomingdale Coach John Booth. “He completely blew away any expectations that I had.”

Strawberry Crest was held scoreless in the second half by a ferocious Bulls defense, and a special teams squad that blocked two field goals and an extra point.

This article can be found here, as originally published in The Tampa Bay Times.