TAMPA — When Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia saw the referees delay his game against Jefferson due to lightning, he knew it could be the break his team needed.
"They were jumping all over us," he said. "It was a great diffuser for us and gave us time to regroup and make some adjustments."
And adjust they did. Down by three touchdowns, the Terriers scored 22 points in a row to take a 22-21 halftime lead and went on to win.
For Jefferson, it was the second week in a row it had a 21-point lead but lost.
Hillsborough completed the comeback on both sides of the ball. A touchdown, safety and another touchdown got the Terriers back into the game. But Anthony King's interception with less than a minute before the half allowed quarterback Dwayne Dawson to run in from 9 yards and take the lead for good.
"This was a real character-builder for us," Garcia said. "Nobody panicked or yelled at anybody when we were down, and I'm real proud of the team."
Todd Foley, Times correspondent