TAMPA — The game between Cambridge Christian and Superior Collegiate started at a relative crawl. It was so slow, in fact, that after the first quarter no one had scored.
The pace picked up a little in the second quarter and went into halftime with the score tied at 6.
And then, well, all heck broke loose in the second half with Superior and Cambridge sprinting up and down the field, scoring on one long strike after another.
By the time the final horn sounded, almost four hours after the game began (with no rain delays), Superior — after fighting off a furious Cambridge comeback — had finally sealed up the victory, 58-40.
"That was a wild one," Superior Collegiate coach BJ Hall said. "It's been all about fighting off adversity this week after the hurricane, and (Friday) we continued to keep fighting. We weren't going to stop for anything."
Long scoring plays? Take your pick.
How about Superior running back Keyvone Lee, who scored touchdowns on runs of 14, 16 and 50 yards and another from 5 yards. Lee ended up leading all rushers with 18 carries for 173 yards.
Lee's teammates, however, also have their share of the highlight reel, including quarterback Jalen Shazel, who rushed for a 63-yard, spinning, dodging and sprinting touchdown, while Courtney Eubanks, who ripped off a 77-yard touchdown run of his own. Shazel, by the way, also completed 11-of-18 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown.
The most spectacular performance, however, arguably went to Cambridge quarterback Jaylin Jackson, who completed 21-of-34 passes for 403 yards and had touchdown completions for 15, 23, 27 and 67 yards. Jackson also rushed 12 times for 104 yards and played safety on defense.
Afterward, Hall shook Jackson's hand, gave him a hug and said, "You are a great player. You gave us everything you had."
Indeed, even with Superior (1-1) holding a 44-26 lead in the fourth quarter, Jackson never stopped running hard and firing strikes, and with just under 5 minutes remaining, the Lancers (2-1) had cut the gap to 44-40.
On the next drive, however, Lee tore off his 50-yard run to all but the game out of reach.
Superior's victory follows an season-opening loss to Admiral Farragut, but in fairness to Superior, that game was called early in the third quarter because of lightning.
"And then this week we had only one practice because of the hurricane," Hall said. "It's been crazy for everybody, but we're hanging in there together."