Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Football: Community School of Naples 20, Seffner Christian 7

DOVER — Seffner Christian dug itself a 14-point first-half hole, was unable to recover and lost for the first time in a month, dropping its homecoming game 20-7 against the Community School of Naples at Strawberry Crest on Friday night.

"I felt the effort in the first half wasn't there," Crusaders coach Steve Lewis said. "The second half was more like it, but it was too little, too late."

The loss ended the Crusaders' five-game winning streak and it was their first defeat since a season-opening loss to Mount Dora Bible.

"They were a really good team," quarterback Tanner Richardson said. "And they hit very hard."

The Crusaders (5-2) had a tough time getting their normally potent offense on track. Seffner Christian came into the game averaging 47 points during its winning streak, but its lone score came on a 10-yard pass from Richardson to Joe Hagel with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.

"We felt we could do some throwing against them," Lewis said. "But they are a very tough team, and we knew that coming in."

Hagel's TD cut it to 14-7, but the Crusaders were unable to capitalize in the fourth. Seffner Christian's defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but a muffed punt gave the ball right back to the Seahawks (4-4). Naples then missed a short field goal, but the Crusaders threw interceptions on back-to-back possessions, with the second returned 31 yards for a sealing TD.

Crusaders linebacker Caleb Gude was taken to a hospital with an apparent neck injury in the third quarter. Lewis said Gude had feeling in all his extremities when he left in the ambulance.

Football: Community School of Naples 20, Seffner Christian 7 10/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Blake Snell struggles in return as Rays fall to Pirates

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — Blake Snell talked a good game ahead of his return to the Rays rotation Wednesday night, but he didn't pitch one.

    ON THE BALL: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria makes the play and the throw during the first inning against the Pirates.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    Corey Dickerson is doing everything he can to garner All-Star votes heading into tonight's voting cutoff, going into play Wednesday leading the AL with 101 hits and rapping two more his first two times up, and scoring two more runs.

  3. College World Series title puts Florida Gators in elite company


    The Florida Gators put themselves in rare company with Tuesday night's College World Series national championship victory.

    Florida ace and Tampa native Alex Faedo (21) lets loose with his teammates after they win the Gators’ first baseball national title.
  4. Lightning prospects mantra: You never know when NHL chance will appear

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Brett Howden said he watched closely last season as former junior teammate Brayden Point made an remarkable rise to a Lightning regular in his first year pro.

    Lightning prospect Mikhail Sergachev skates during the Lightning Development Camp Wednesday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  5. Rays journal: Team says no concern over 'hiccups' from Alex Colome

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The Rays say they know what isn't wrong with closer Alex Colome, that he's not hurt or in a mental funk. And they seem certain that whatever led him to have three straight rough outings will soon be corrected.

    Rays reliever Alex Colome has “had a couple hiccups” of late, manager Kevin Cash says.