ST. PETERSBURG — Gibbs wasted little time jumping on Spoto en route to a 53-13 win Friday.
Quarterback Patric Jones started things off with a 44-yard gallop to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Emmanuel Stewart, who finished with 112 yards on 12 carries. He also threw one touchdown.
Quincy Turner outran defenders for a 53-yard touchdown to put the Gladiators up 14-0 in the first quarter. The Gladiators were clicking on all cylinders as Jones hit Maurice Hall with a 40-yard strike.
Xavier Kirnes scored twice on the defensive side of the ball as the Gladiators went into the locker room with a 41-0 lead.
"I liked our execution and we cut down on our penalties," coach Antonio Knox said. "I was really pleased with our defense."
Phillip Haywood, Times correspondent