Led by a four-touchdown performance from quarterback Tanner Richardson, Seffner Christian picked up the first win in program history Friday night.
Richardson accounted for all of his team’s scoring — touchdown runs of 5, 65 and 30 yards, a 30-yard TD pass to Garrett Saunders and all four extra points. Richardson also played 80 percent of the game on defense as the free safety, coach Steve Lewis said.
“It was a real iron man performance. It really was,” Lewis said. “Of course the other kids played great, too, but they didn’t score the points like he did.”
The 5-foot-9, 138-pound Richardson, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in three games this season, scored a touchdown in each quarter.
Lewis admitted he was a little surprised by how easily the Crusaders cruised to their first victory, as he spent most of the week anticipating another loss.
“I really did think they were a couple touchdowns better than us during the week, but I woke up with a peace in my spirit this morning, and I said, ‘You know what, I believe I was wrong,’ ” Lewis said. “And sure enough, those kids proved me wrong.”