The Southwest Florida Christian Academy Kings defeated the Canterbury Cougars 28-7 on Friday afternoon despite a slow start and a plethora of penalties.
Kings quarterback Terrance de Avila led the way with 203 rushing yards and a touchdown coupled with 52 passing yards, while Stephen Wilkerson’s 97 rushing yards added to the team’s total rushing yardage of 380.
“The good thing is we’re capable of playing a lot better,” said SFCA coach Mark Ackerman. “I’m happy we got the win, but we can play a lot better.”
SFCA struck first off a trick play late in the first quarter — a handoff from de Avila to running back Justin Vasquez, who threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tristian Upton.
“We asked Terrance [de Avila] to manage games and he has, but I’m most proud of Garrett Pynckel. Here’s a kid who’s a sophomore ‘super’ running back; we asked him to play center today, and he was tremendous,” said Ackerman.
The Kings committed 12 penalties for 93 yards lost, two of which took touchdowns away. “We’re striving to get better but we have to cut down on those penalties,” said Ackerman.
The SCFA defense held strong on the first three drives of the second half as they forced Canterbury into two punts and an interception by Michael Lobbestael. Canterbury entered the Kings’ red zone just three times all game.
Meanwhile, SCFA found the end zone three times in the second half – one by Tristian Upton on a 1-yard carry, another off a quarterback keeper by de Avila, and the final a 5-yard pass from Justin Vazquez to Garrett Russell.
Canterbury finally found the end zone with 2:37 left in the game when quarterback Alex Rabinowitz scored on a keeper from 14 yards out.
With the win, SFCA improves to 3-0 for the season heading into a bye week, while Canterbury falls to 0-2.
SFCA: Justin Vazquez 12 pass from Terrance de Avila (kick failed)
SFCA: Tristian Upton 1 run (de Avila run)
SFCA: de Avila 5 run (Upton run)
SFCA: Garrett Russell 5 pass from Vasquez (pass failed)
Canterbury: Alex Rabinowitz 14 run (Kyle Babb kick)