GULFPORT — Boca Ciega's defense had struggled all season, but in the second half against Northeast, it finally came up with the performance coach Stevie Thomas wanted.
The Pirates, who fell behind 22-14 by halftime, limited the Vikings to 13 rushing yards and three first downs when it counted.
"We really needed this one," Thomas said. "The defense finally made some big plays."
"We haven't scored in the second half for the last few weeks," Vikings coach Jay Austin said. "That's been our whole season, and that's how you lose."
After Shaquille Bradford hit Tyree Green for a 49-yard touchdown to pull Boca Ciega within 22-20, Denzel Dillard scored his second TD of the night, a 5-yarder, to put the Pirates in front.
Nathan Cowan, Times correspondent