Trailing 6-0 at halftime, Southwest Florida Christian head coach Mike Marciano was concerned with his team’s energy level. A halftime rally turned into 36 unanswered points, 25 coming in the third quarter, on the way to a 36-6 victory over Evangelical Christian Friday night.
The Sentinels (2-6, 1-4) broke through in the second quarter on a forced fumble by Chris Ceasar that was scooped up by Henry Valentine, who took it in from 14 yards out to make it 6-0.
It took two minutes for SFCA (5-3, 3-2) to take the lead in the third quarter as Chase Reed scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper. Just 2:15 later, Tristian Upton’s 68-yard touchdown run helped the Kings begin to pull away for good.
“Our energy wasn’t where it needed to be in the first half, and it was an emotional week because of this rivalry game,” Marciano said. “Our first win in the program’s history against ECS, and our defense really came to play. The offense finally picked us up in the second half.”
Reed finished with 181 yards through the air and two touchdown passes, while Upton ran for 208 yards and two scores on the night.
SFCA 0 | 0 | 25 | 11 | FINAL 36
ECS 0 | 6 | 0 | 0 | FINAL 6
ECS: Henry Valentine 14 fumble return (kick failed)
SFCA: Chase Reed 1 run (Will Sammet kick)
SFCA: Tristian Upton 68 run (kick failed)
SFCA: Upton 52 run (2-pt try failed)
SFCA: Reed 70 pass to Justin Vasquez (2-pt try failed)
SFCA: Reed 24 pass to Caleb Catto (2-pt try good)
SFCA: Sammet 30 FG