ST. PETERSBURG — In a game that was as sloppy as the field and the weather, Northeast outlasted Anclote 14-6 Friday night.
Neither team gained more than 100 yards of total offense as the wet and muddy conditions wreaked havoc.
"We knew the offense was going to be sloppy," Vikings coach Mike Jalazo said. "Our speed was eliminated."
Both teams turned the ball over early. The Vikings muffed a punt while Anclote threw an interception.
Northeast finally found some offense late in the first half, mounting a nine-play, 79-yard drive for the first score. Auggie Sanchez caught a tipped 4-yard pass from Ryan Davis to cap the drive. Demetrious Brooks kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0.
"That drive before halftime was a thing of beauty," Jalazo said.
The Vikings capitalized on a snap over the Anclote punter's head for their next score. On third and goal from the 14, Davis slipped free from the defense and ran the ball in.
Anclote showed signs of life in the fourth quarter when Brevet Killett found Tymere Carter for a 37-yard touchdown to make the score 14-6.
"We put him in to get a spark," Sharks coach Matt Wicks said. "That was his first varsity pass."