ST. PETERSBURG — Stephen Wilkerson's 45-yard scamper in the third quarter proved to be the game winner as Southwest Florida Christian held off Canterbury 16-15 in the season finale for both programs Friday.
Canterbury finished the season at 6-4.
The Crusaders took a 15-8 lead in the third quarter after grinding out a 91-yard drive on 10 plays. Dontell Green finished the drive, scoring on a 31-yard rush.
But the Kings (7-3) answered quickly as two first-down runs by fullback Garrett Pynckel set up Wilkerson's score. Quarterback Terrance de Avila called his own number on the two-point conversion to give Southwest Florida Christian the one-point lead.
Canterbury's best drive in the fourth quarter started out promising when running back Sammy Faucette converted a fourth and short to move into Southwest Florida Christian territory.
The running game, however, stalled and on fourth and 8 at the Kings' 43, the shotgun snap went over quarterback John Belton's head.
From there Southwest Florida Christian salted the clock away, with de Avila and Pynckel converting crucial third downs to close out the game.
Belton threw a touchdown pass to Hunter Coia in the first half to give the Crusaders an 8-2 lead. But de Avila connected with Tristian Upton on a 40-yard score with 15 seconds left before halftime to tie the score at 8.
Corey Long, Times correspondent