LAND O’LAKES — An early defensive touchdown from Sunlake was all that was needed to hold off Steinbrenner in Friday night’s preseason action.
The Warrior offense was without senior quarterback Curtis Fitch due to injury, so junior Quentin Poteralski was in the starting role. Poteralski, who had attempted one pass last season, threw a pick-six to senior Seahawk linebacker, Jacob Guzman only four minutes into the game. Nathan Johnson tacked on a two point conversion to give Sunlake an early 8-0 lead.
“When we first started, I just tried to get things moving and I made a couple of mistakes and cost us some points.” Said Poteralski.
Poteralski recovered, and by the second half he was hitting his targets. The Warriors put together a touchdown drive early in the fourth, two long passes to junior, Cody Burgess, capped by an 18-yard
toss to sophomore, Justin Moffatt. The sixty-eight yard drive ended with a failed two point conversion, leaving Sunlake up 8-6 for the rest of the game.
The bright spot Steinbrenner’s Head Coach Andres Perez took away from the game was his defense. They pitched a shutout, allowing only 27 total passing yards and slowing down Seahawk running back Nathan Johnson, who ran for 60 yards.
“It’s defense first. We preach that to our guys. Eleven guys playing good football is what we showed tonight. Like any true season, any football coach will tell you that defense comes first and that is what you saw tonight. Two great teams went face to face with great defenses.” Said Head Coach Andres Perez.
The Warriors will go up against Plant City at home on Friday, August 30th at 7:30 p.m for their season opener.
Evan Abramson / Senior Staff Writer