ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury quarterback Jake Holsinger and his fellow seniors had never beaten Admiral Farragut — until Friday. On their last try, the Crusaders pulled off a 12-10 upset .
“I had a feeling all week that we could do this,” Holsinger said. “This win means everything to us.”
The Crusaders (3-0) fumbled on their opening possession and AFA capitalized using a seven-play drive to take an early lead. Kyle Craichy found Dontae McGee from 38 yards out to put the Blue Jackets up 7-0.
Canterbury closed the gap in the second on two big receptions from Brent O’Neal. The first covered 36 yards and the second catch capped the drive with a touchdown. The PAT was missed and the Crusaders trailed 7-6.
Farragut opened the second half with a 10-play, 59-yard drive but was unable to punch the ball in for a touchdown. Louis Bobelis kicked a 37-yard field goal to extend the Blue Jackets’ lead.
“Give credit to Canterbury,” Blue Jackets coach Chris Miller said. “They played really good defense and didn’t allow us to make plays.”
Canterbury responded with its own nine-play drive and Matt Wiley kicked a 37-yard field goal to get the Crusaders within one.
The Blue Jackets were driving when the Crusaders forced a fumble. Canterbury rode the legs of O’Neal, who finished with 100 yards, back down the field, and Wiley connected from 41 yards to seal the win. Farragut fumbled on its next possession.
“This is a phenomenal win for us and our program,” coach Bill Jones said. “Our seniors have been grinding for four years and our kids work so hard.”
O’Neal added 67 yards receiving to his rushing totals and Holsinger led a stout defense in addition to passing for 100 yards.
“(Holsinger) played so well on both sides of the ball,” Jones said, “and no one can stop (O’Neal).”
Todd Macon rushed for 102 yards for the Blue Jackets and Cortavious Givens ran for 75 before leaving with an injury. The win puts Canterbury in the driver’s seas in District 2A-5 going into next week’s game at Calvary Christian.