LAND O’ LAKES — Though just preseason, Sunlake grabbed a win from a bigger team and school. But the Seahawks will take the 8-6 win against Steinbrenner.
“They got about 600 more kids than us, they play in a bigger district in Hillsborough, so we’ll take it,” Sunlake coach Bill Browning said. “I thought our defense did a great job shutting down a good offensive team.”
Until the third quarter, the game’s only points came on defense when Sunlake linebacker Jacob Guzman intercepted a Quentin Poteralski pass and returned its 34 yards for the 8-0 lead.
With 10:44 left in the third, Poteralski, who was 6-for-18 passing, hooked up with Justin Moffatt for a 17-yard TD pass. However, Guzman picked off the 2-point conversion pass.
Warriors coach Andres Perez was pleased with his defense’s effort, but stressed the offense needed to improve, especially since running back Kenzio Snelling had just 18 rushing yards and fullback Mike Norder had just 20.
“Our defense did great tonight,” Perez said. “They pitched a shutout.”
Esteban LeWallen and Dayton Feiden split time at quarterback for Sunlake, while running back Nathan Johnson had a game-high 59 yards on 13 carries.
Steinbrenner 0 0 6 0 — 6
Sunlake 8 0 0 0 — 8
SU - Guzman 34 interception return (Johnson run)
ST - Moffatt 17 pass from Poteralski (pass failed)