SEFFNER — As Dylan Snow ran onto the field for the biggest kick of his life, tears filled his eyes. Not out of fear, or from the pressure of the moment, he said, but from thinking about the seniors on his team.
"Honestly, I was crying when I was out there," Snow said. "I just wanted to make that kick for them on Senior Night."
Snow drilled the 20-yard attempt and lifted Seffner Christian (4-3) to a 24-23 come-from-behind victory over Merritt Island Christian (3-4).
"I told Dylan with about four minutes left in the game to stick close to me because it was going to come down to a field goal," coach Steve Lewis said. "He just kept telling me, 'I'll make it, Coach, I'll make it.' "
Snow's kick turned out to be the biggest moment of the night, but it could not have happened without two other critical plays on special teams.
Trailing 3-0 after one half, Seth Lewis opened up the third quarter with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
After a 1-yard run by Daniel Venable with 3:13 left in the fourth quarter gave Merritt Island a 23-14 lead, the Crusaders found yet another explosive play.
Robbie Shell fielded the subsequent kickoff at his 5 and ran 95 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown to draw the Crusaders within two points, 23-21.
Senior quarterback Skylar Clark led the Crusaders on their final scoring drive, the biggest play coming on a 35-yard strike to Harrison Hammontree to set up Snow's field goal.
"It was fun, but scary," Snow said. "I had to do it for them."