ST. PETERSBURG — Victory Christian scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to beat Keswick Christian 45-13 Friday.
Trailing 13-10 to start the third quarter, the Storm (7-0, 4-0) blocked a Keswick (1-5, 0-3) punt inside the Crusaders' 20-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Demeitre Brim found Zeb Stanley for a 16-yard touchdown, giving the Storm the slim lead.
The Crusaders began the next drive deep in their own territory once again. Under heavy pressure and trying to avoid a safety, Keswick quarterback Taylor Angell's attempt to throw the ball away landed in the hands of Victory linebacker Silas Lopez. Victory quickly widened its lead to 24-13 on Brim's 13-yard run.
The Crusaders turned the ball over again late in the third. Angell threw to receiver Alex Powell for what seemed like a first down, but Powell dropped the pass. Believing the pass was ruled incomplete, Powell and the Keswick offense watched as Victory's defense fell on the ball at Keswick's 30. On the next play, Brim hit Deonte Dempsey for a 31-13 lead.
The Storm got two more scores, including an 80-yard interception return by Lopez.
Keswick's Jayln Coleman gained 101 yards with a touchdown on 11 carries in the first half and returned a kickoff 99 yards for an early score. But he left the game in the third quarter with a stomach illness and did not return.