SEMINOLE — Devontae White and Gary Simon know full well how this season could have been drastically different.
They know three losses by a combined 10 points could have gone their way with better execution on both sides of the ball.
They know they could have competed better against city rivals Lakewood and St. Petersburg.
But the juniors would rather focus on the positive, mainly how well the Gladiators have played down the stretch and how promising next season seems with so many skill players returning.
The future for Gibbs was on full display in a 40-9 win over Seminole on Friday as White completed 11-of-19 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns. Simon was on the receiving end of five passes for 146 yards with two of them coming on long bombs from White for touchdowns.
"We want to finish the season strong and prepare ourselves for next season," said White, who passed for 236 yards last week in a 33-27 win over Pinellas Park. "We know how things could have been different for us, but we're more concerned with putting things together now. We've done a lot better job at communicating and executing and keeping our mistakes to a minimum."
The Warhawks (2-8, 1-3) were eliminated from playoff contention as Northeast clinched the Class 5A, District 9 runnerup slot.
Things went so well for Gibbs (3-6, 2-2) that, despite being outgained 95-33 in the second half, it outscored the Warhawks 14-9, courtesy of a 39-yard pass from White to Brejone Baker on the first play of the third quarter and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown by Simon. The Gladiators had 359 total yards; Seminole had 169, most of which came from senior running back Trevor Sand's 161 rushing yards.