SEFFNER — Five Crusaders scored and the defense pitched a shutout as Seffner Christian doubled its 2010 win total, defeating visiting Jacksonville Temple Christian 42-6 Friday night at Armwood's field.
"We're playing so much better than last year," quarterback Tanner Richardson said. "We have great chemistry and our offense has been spreading it around."
The win moved the Crusaders to 4-1 at the season's halfway mark after going 2-7 in their first season of football last year. With a number of players having no prior football experience before last season, Richardson said a year and a half of X's and O's is making a huge difference.
"This team is a lot more knowledgeable about football, much more so than last year," he said. "We have a better idea of what to expect each week."
Richardson threw for a touchdown and ran for another while teammate Seth Lewis (10 carries, 92 yards) added a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs. Garrett Saunders (team highs with 11 rushes and 109 yards) scored from 21 yards out while Brandon Ardley ran off right tackle for a 47-yard touchdown.
"It feels good," Richardson said of their record. "This team is very tight and we have a lot better athletes than last year."
The Soldiers' lone score came on a 76-yard Patrick Nelson second-quarter kickoff return. Seffner Christian's defense didn't allow the Soldiers past midfield until 4:47 left in the third quarter, held them to three first downs, recorded four sacks and intercepted a pair of passes, including Ardley's team-best seventh of the season.