ST. PETERSBURG — With six to eight players missing because of illness, Northside Christian kept the game close for a bit, trailing only 14-0 at halftime. But the Mustangs quickly found themselves behind 35-0 before the end of the third quarter. They cut into the big lead when Andrew Speake intercepted a Steven Stanley pass and returned it for a 40-yard TD.
Northside recovered the ensuing onside kick, then quarterback Kyle Craichy fumbled under intense pressure. The Storm gave the ball right back when Stanley was intercepted by Will Scott. Just a few plays later, Northside fumbled again.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Mustangs put together their best drive of the night, marching 80 yards in nine plays. But it ended when the Storm's Zeb Stanley intercepted an errant Craichy pass and returned it 100 yards for the game's final score.
Anthony Salveggi, Times correspondent