Friday, December 15, 2017
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Football: Steinbrenner 17, Freedom 15

Lutz — Steinbrenner held on late on senior night.

"I'm proud that we were able to finish out the game," said senior Shaheem Barthel, who ran for touchdowns of 5 and 4 yards.

The win kept the Warriors (3-5, 2-2 Class 7A, District 7) alive for a playoff berth. A win next week over Gaither combined with a Sickles win over Tampa Bay Tech would leave Steinbrenner, TBT and Gaither tied for second at 3-2 with each 1-1 against the other two.

Steinbrenner took an early lead when long punt returns by Kezio Snelling set up Drew Stevens' 34-yard field goal and Barthel's 5-yard run.

Freedom (1-7, 0-4), countered with a field goal and DJ Grant touchdown pass to Johnny Rodicio with 18 seconds to go in the half. But the extra point failed. In the second half, Freedom failed on a tying two-point conversion.

With just more than two minutes to play, Barthel fumbled and Steinbrenner coach Andres Perez was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. A play later (a 12-yard scramble by Grant), Perez received another unsportsmanlike and ejected. Two plays after his departure, Freedom fumbled at the Steinbrenner 23.

"It was scary," Barthel said. "It was crazy."

Zealand Shannon, Times correspondent

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