Strawberry Crest 21, Palm Bay Heritage 6: The Chargers went across the state Friday and came back with a big preseason win in a game featuring two second-year schools.
There was no sophomore slump. Playing in front of about 2,000 packed-in fans, Strawberry Crest took a 14-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
"For us, we're having more reps," Chargers coach Todd Donohoe said. "We got to play one more game than last year. Rather than going week by week we were able to play another team. It was definitely a benefit in terms of confidence and game experience.
"The kids get chance to be under the lights and play together, which they haven't done in a long time," Donohoe said.
Seffner Christian 12, Winter Haven All Saints' 6: Seffner Christian is still officially 0-0 in its inaugural season, but coach Steve Lewis said his team will take a win any way it can get one.
The Crusaders beat All Saints' 12-6 on in their final tuneup before beginning the school's first full campaign, using a touchdown pass from Tanner Richardson to Garrett Saunders with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter to come away with the victory.
Richardson also had the team's first score, a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter, while Austin Paularrine put up Seffner Christian's other three points on a third-quarter field goal that tied the score.
"I don't care if it counts or not, I hate to play games and lose games," Lewis said. "It's good, and hopefully we can repeat that a few times this year."
Cambridge 14, Shorecrest 10: Michael McDermott connected on a touchdown pass with Brandon Park in the second quarter and again in the third, leading Cambridge to a 14-10 win over Shorecrest.
Shorecrest struck first with a first-quarter field goal and took the lead with a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter after McDermott's first touchdown toss to Park. But McDermott to Park hooked up again in the third to regain the lead. This time, the Lancers held on.
"I'm encouraged that we were able to put some things together," coach Bob Dare said. "We've got a long way to go, but I'm proud of the boys' effort tonight. Hopefully we can build on it."
Adam Berry and Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writers