Leesha Henry scored Mainland's only touchdown.
Down a touchdown with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Matanzas opted for a lateral pass on fourth down. The receiver who caught the ball spotted a fellow receiver streaking downfield with several steps on Buccaneers defender Leesha Henry.
A touchdown would tie the game, and the Pirates could possibly take the lead with a successful extra point conversion.
“It was a defensive battle on both sides of the ball, and our defense prevailed.”
Mainland coach Scott Wilson
Mainland head coach Scott Wilson was as calm as ever as he watched the ball descend toward the receiver.
“I’ve been in this too long for the heart to flutter,” he said.
Henry caught up, making the throw a difficult catch. The receiver dropped it, and the Buccaneers were able to run out the clock, defeating the Pirates 6-0 on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 2, at Matanzas High School.
Mainland quarterback Alexa Wilson completed 15-of-23 passes for 133 yards. She also threw one touchdown and one interception.
The Buccaneers’ only score was a 20-yard throw to Henry with 1:27 to play in the opening half.
“We’ve just got to produce and get better every week,” Wilson said.