TAMPA—Jefferson, with a playoff berth against Largo secured, wrapped up its regular season with a 31-9 win at home against Steinbrenner on Friday night.
Steinbrenner (3-7, 2-3) fell behind early. After quarterback Curtis Fitch (5-for-12, 56 yards) threw an interception on the opening drive, Dragons star quarterback Deiondre Porter snuck in for a 1-yard touchdown run.
“I was seeing opportunities,” Porter said. “I took advantage of them.”
Jefferson (9-1, 7-1) recovered the ensuing kickoff, and Porter found 6-foot-4 wide receiver Ventell Bryant for a 22-yard touchdown, the first of two for that combination. The Dragons held a 22-0 lead after the end of the first quarter.
“We felt like we could come out and really set the tone,” head coach Jeremy Earle said. “Real proud of the way the guys played.”
After the busy first quarter, the teams scored nine points each the rest of the way, with Steinbrenner kicker Drew Stevens hitting a school record 42-yard field goal late in the game.
Porter was 12-for-18 with 156 yards and three total touchdowns (one rushing, two passing), and his favorite target, Bryant, had four catches for 78 yards and two scores.
As for what Earle was looking for heading into next week’s playoff matchup against Largo, he said, “I just really wanted to stay healthy and keep everybody upbeat.”