LUTZ- The Steinbrenner Warriors (2-4) put up a season-high 55 points and around 500 yards of total offense as they triumphed over the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls (3-4) in a shootout score of 55-40 on homecoming night..
“We stopped beating ourselves and we played Warrior football,” said senior quarterback Quentin Poteralski, “We never gave up and our hard work in the end paid off.”
The Warrior’s offense started off fast as the Warriors scored three early first quarter touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter. After the quick scoring, the Warrior’s offense never looked back as their offensive success continued throughout the whole game. Poteralski led the team with a season high 385 all purpose yards and a total of six touchdowns with four through the air and two on the ground. To add on to Poteralski’s performance, Junior running back Jayquese Dantley, tallied 148 rushing yards and 24 receiving yards to add to Steinbrenner’s offensive dominance.
“This was a big win for us tonight,” said Dantley, “It all started with the offensive line though. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to do my job so all the credit goes back to the offensive line in the end.”
The Warrior’s defense came up big when the Warriors needed them throughout this game. The Warriors forced four turnovers and blocked a tipped a punt resulting in a Steinbrenner touchdown in their win over Wiregrass. Top performances came through by junior defensive ends Patrick Lukert and Cole Pavlock, and junior middle linebacker Tyler Mirabella.
Although the Warriors performed well on both sides of the ball, there were many disciplinary issues throughout the night. Five Warrior turnovers resulted in 24 Wiregrass points to the point where the Bulls were only down by four points near the end of the first half. But the Warriors fought back and scored 24 second half points to take a commanding three touchdown lead late in the fourth quarter. Penalties were a problem for the Warriors as they had over 20 penalties throughout the game which costed the Warriors many first downs and a touchdown by Dantley late in the third quarter.
The Warriors will try and carry their momentum into next week as they go on the road to face the Freedom Patriots on October 24, 2014.
Dillon Schmidt/Staff Writer