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.
“I thought it was really important to play a good program, and obviously they’ve got a good program,” Longerbeam said. “We got to see where we were, and they proved to be a pretty good test for us.”
Bay travels to Houston next Friday to play Dickinson, a Class 6A program in Texas.
“We’ve just got to clean up our stuff,” Longerbeam said. “We’ve got to get better at what we’re doing, eliminate our mistakes and go from there.”