ST. PETERSBURG — There was some good and some not so good in Gibbs' 28-20 preseason win over Sarasota on Friday.
The good included a swarming defense that returned a fumble for a touchdown and created two interceptions in the final minutes to seal the win. And a sometimes explosive offense that featured Marc Edwards' 127 yards rushing, including a 69-yard touchdown run, and quarterback Josh Rembert, who threw for 122 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis West.
But there were five fumbles lost, a blown coverage that resulted in an easy Sarasota touchdown and a missed extra point in the first quarter that caused the Gladiators to stop kicking extra points altogether.
Overall, Gibbs coach Yusuf Shakir was proud of the way his team played against always tough Sarasota.
"We didn't want to play a cream puff," Shakir said. "We wanted a challenge. We wanted to see who's tough and who's not. We kept fighting, and that was a good sign."
But what about the fumbles?
"That was our bad," Shakir said with a smile. "We used those slippery new balls tonight."
Gibbs opens the regular season Friday at Lakewood.