Friday night lights still took place in Osceola County, albeit in a somewhat “lighter” version, with the Tohopekaliga Tigers, Poinciana Eagles, and the Chargers of Liberty making it onto the gridiron!
Tohopekaliga rallied from down 6-0 to Poinciana at halftime and, like its other two games this year, dominated the second half for a 26-6 win.
The Tigers are now 2-1; they’ve matched their win total from their entire 2018 inaugural season.
Tohopekaliga keyed the comeback with three interception on defense, two by Ahmeen Dinzey. A De’Mario Tolan 3-yard touchdown run and Tyler Wesley touchdown passes to Dru Dickson and Blake McCullough helped put the Tigers in the lead.
“That’s what happens when you have two days to prepare,” said Tigers Coach Marc Deas, referring to being off due to Hurricane Dorian. “We practiced in the first half. But we came out with a better mentality in the second half and decided to stick together.”
The Eagles’ Justin Carpenter hit Trayvion Gunther on a 33-yard passing strike to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
Tohopekaliga plays at St. Cloud next week in its first District 7A-5 game. Poinciana (1-2) is off next week before meeting Tenoroc.
Sebring 27, Liberty 6
The Chargers got a five-yard rushing TD from Ardaireous Ingram, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a sloppy game otherwise, and the 0-2 Chargers still seek their first win.
Penalties and turnovers thwarted Liberty’s attempts to gain momentum.
“When you stop a drive two or three times, then you have penalties, discipline penalties, we can’t have that and win,” Chargers’ Coach Brandon Pennington said. “We’ll get a full week before Winter Haven (Friday in a key District 7A-6 game) which is a real important game, it could be a district-deciding game.”
Ingram’s score made it 14-6 in the third quarter, but the Blue Streaks answered with a touchdown and a pick-six to put the game away.