ST. PETERSBURG — Senior running back Kristian Craig stole the show Friday night as Keswick Christian defeated visiting Shorecrest 21-14 in the regular-season finale.
Craig, who carried the ball 22 times, legged out 150 of the Crusader's 277 total yards and provided all three touchdowns.
"He was huge. All year he's been the go-to guy," Keswick coach Rick Sanson said. "That's why he's an all-star. He's kept us in a lot of games this year."
Both teams relied heavily on the run as Shorecrest forged 195 of its 217 total yards on the ground. Senior back Alex Drexler led the Chargers with 14 carries for 105 yards, including a 67-yard TD run.
The pivotal play came late in the fourth quarter on what was threatening to be a tying drive for the Chargers (2-8). After successfully running the ball deep into Keswick (5-5) territory Shorecrest ran back-to-back pass plays, the second of which was intercepted at the Crusaders' 23 by senior defensive back Carl Curtiss.
"Great play," Sanson said. "He's more of an offensive player, so it's a bit ironic he would get the pick to seal the game."
Rob Bibelhauser, Times correspondent