ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury won its first district championship Friday with a 56-7 victory over Mount Dora.
"This was the best game that we have played all season …," Crusaders coach Bill Jones said. "The defense has played very well over the last three weeks, and I just cannot say enough about Brent O'Neal."
O'Neal ran through the Mount Dora defense as he rushed for a game-high 254 yards and six touchdowns on 16 carries. He also returned a punt for a score.
In the first quarter O'Neal ran untouched for an 18-yard score. Later in the quarter he scored on a 6-yard run to put the Crusaders up 14-0.
O'Neal scored four more times in the second quarter and had 176 yards rushing by halftime.
The stingy defense Canterbury allowed only one first down during the first half.
Mount Dora got on the board when Josef Alleyne caught a Zachary Murphy-Gerling pass that was deflected went 65 yards.
Phillip Haywood, Times correspondent