ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury used every method it could to crush Keswick Christian’s spirit. Then Keswick started shooting itself in the foot and the game was truly over.
Whether by efficient offensive operation or stellar secondary steals, the visiting Crusaders were in every way superior to the host Crusaders on Friday in a 47-7 victory, denying Keswick a shot at avenging a nonleague loss two weeks ago.
Sophomore Josh Belton was a model of calm, controlled quarterbacking as he hit on his first four passes, capping a solid first half with a perfect play-action pass to a wide-open Alex Nestor for a 73-yard touchdown and a 34-0 lead.
Nestor finished with 111 first-half yards receiving and four point-after kicks for 3-0 Canterbury.
Keswick (0-3) cobbled together some good offensive production behind quarterback Parker Holland and lanky junior wide receiver TJ Muscarella (10 catches for 84 yards), but five turnovers were devastating.
One of the last, on a snap over Holland’s head on the first play of the second half and recovered by Beren Gezen, became a 7-yard Sammy Faucette scoring run — his third. Then when Keswick didn’t field the ensuing kickoff, Canterbury’s Mike Hough did. Two plays later O’Shon Allen scored, again from 7 yards out, and all hope was lost for Keswick.