LARGO — Largo staved off wet conditions and Gibbs 7-6 in a game that featured five second-half fumbles.
"We had fumble-itis on these wet fields," Largo coach Rick Rodriguez said.
Gibbs (0-3) stopped Largo (2-1) on fourth and goal from the 4-yard line in the second quarter, but quarterback Juwan Brown scrambled 31 yards on the Packers' next possession to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Harry Brown. Charlie Howe hit the point-after that proved the difference.
After recovering a fourth-quarter Packers fumble, the Gladiators' Damond Rucker scored on a 55-yard touchdown run. Gibbs opted to go for two, but the pass failed.
The Packers forced a final fumble by Devante White to seal the win.
"The key element was right here at the end of the game that makes the difference of a team that has character," Rodriguez said.
Basil Spyridakos, Times correspondent