After controlling the majority of the game with key defensive stops, the Seabreeze Sandcrabs ran out of gas at the end of the game against the Bartram Trail Bears to lose 15-10 on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Municipal Stadium.
The Sandcrabs (1-4) got on the board first with a 24-yard rushing touchdown by Javier Sylvester. The Bears moved into the Sandcrabs red zone area, but Cole Dunagan picked off the quarterback’s pass. Bartram Trail made it back into scoring territory, and another pass was intercepted by Ty McCall. Seabreeze led 7-0 at halftime.
Toward the end of the third quarter, Bartram Trail forced the Sandcrabs to punt from their 1-yard line. They blocked the punt for a safety, which made the score 7-2.
Bartram Trail’s offense scored for the first time in the game on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Blay to Bryce Walker to take the lead 8-7. They would miss the two point conversion attempt.
On their final possession of the game, Scott Summers led the Sandcrabs down the field from the Wildcat formation, often keeping the ball or handing it off to Raushod Floyd. After a fourth down and goal, the Sandcrabs took the lead on a Sam Hayworth field goal with 3:36 remaining in the game.
Bartram Trail’s second play from scrimmage, after receiving the ball, was a long bomb that put the Bears in Seabreeze territory. The Bears were able to run the clock down and eventually score on a 4-yard run by A.J. Bolden to win the game 15-10 over the Sandcrabs.
“This is a tough loss to swallow, because they (Bartram Trail) drove 91 yards down the field to score,” coach Marc Beach said. “Our defense played well enough to win. We can’t get inside the 5-yard line and snap the ball back. You can’t give up a blocked punt. We just have to keep working.”
The Sandcrabs will play the Cocoa Tigers Friday, Oct. 10, in Cocoa Beach.