Lutz– The Steinbrenner Warriors (1-4) gave up 54 points to district rival, Tampa Bay Tech (5-1) while only putting up 28.
Up until the start of the third quarter, the Warrior underdogs put up a fight thanks to newly utilized offensive weapon, junior flex player, Kezio Snelling. Snelling, who has been the main return man for the Warriors, was able to put Steinbrenner on the board in the first ten minutes of play with back to back kickoff return touchdowns of 92 yards.
“Bottom line, we thought special teams wise, we can do something special on kickoff returns. Our blocking and our front lines were picking early and that’s the benefit of our guys working their butts off” said Perez.
“Yeah I scored, but it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win” said Snelling.
The Warrior running game was not able to get started. Instead, senior quarterback, Curtis Fitch, coming off 210 passing yards at Sickles, threw for approximately 140 yards on 14 completed passes out of 31 attempts. He was able to find Snelling for a touchdown with an 11-yard pass with 8:17 left of the third quarter, that tied the game. Snelling ended the night just under 200 yards with a total of 195.
Senior Jake Carroll, coming back from an injury that took him out of the Warriors lineup for several weeks, was forced to play out wide as a wide receiver option for Fitch, since the running game wasn’t working. Carroll had 59 yards on 3 receptions along with a fumble.
“Bottom line, we have to execute better. That’s the key” said Perez.
The Warriors will go on to play the Wharton Wildcats (5-1) on the 11th at home at 7:30 PM.
Evan Abramson / Senior Staff Writer