Bay falls short to NFC



Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:34 PM.

TALLAHASSEE — Bay’s offense enjoyed early success, but the Tornadoes’ momentum slowed in the second half of a 16-12 loss to North Florida Christian in a preseason high school football game.

Bay had one final shot to eke out a victory in the final seconds, but a throw to the end zone on the game’s last play was ruled out of bounds and incomplete.

Daryl Wilson intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to give the visiting Tornadoes a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but NFC bounced back on its next drive with a touchdown to take the lead.

Bay quarterback Xavier Longerbeam and receiver Zavian Everett connected on a long touchdown pass in the second quarter to secure a 12-7 lead at halftime.

The host Eagles scored a touchdown with 4½ minutes left in the third quarter to take the lead for good, and NFC tacked on a field goal to provide the final margin.

“We had some inopportune penalties in the second half,” Bay coach Jimmy Longerbeam said. “We had a couple penalties to keep their drives alive, and we had a drive going and got a holding penalty or something. Penalties bogged us down a little bit.”

Longerbeam said NFC coach Robert Craft wanted the game to mirror a regular season game as closely as possible, and both teams operated with varsity players throughout the entire game.

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