St. Petersburg — A light but constant rain seemed to hinder Dixie Hollins' second-half offense as Osceola narrowly won.
The Rebels found success on the ground early as Brandon Bell posted 87 yards and two touchdowns on four first-half carries.
As the rain picked up, however, there was a shift in momentum.
"I don't think the rain had a lot to do with it," Warriors coach George Palmer said. "We tried to do a little too much on defense during the first half. Once we worked on sealing their perimeter, we were in good shape."
While contributions from Zack Bashoor (20 carries for 63 yards) and Daviel Clark (17 for 75) provided most of the dirty work, Andrew Matyk threw for both of Osceola's touchdowns. Matyk finished 3-of-7 for 56 yards and the touchdowns.
Rebel center Bobby Spears struggled with the wet ball as faulty snaps were an issue for Dixie throughout the game. Quarterback Dana Harrington fumbled two high snaps but managed to recover both.
With 1:40 left in the game, Dixie's Jon Bordog set up for a 37-yard field goal. The snap went behind the holder, however, and the would-be game-winner never made it off the turf.
Rob Bibelhauser, Times correspondent