Southridge sophomore linebacker Coemba Jones picked up a fumble off a botched snap and took it into the end zone from 3 yards out for the game-winning score with 2:21 to play as host Southridge outlasted Homestead in a defensive struggle.
“Our defense has been leading us the whole year,” Southridge coach Don McKnight said. “That’s what I expect out of Coemba. He plays like a senior.”
Jones’ scoop-and-score was one of two fumble recoveries for the 5-6, 150-pounder. His big night was also highlighted by a pair of sacks and double-digit tackles. Quarterback Jerry Drakar went 18 for 27 for 172 yards — 52 of them to Freddie Pinder, who had five receptions. Michael Wedderburn ran for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Homestead led 10-6 when quarterback Sean Reddick, who finished with 105 passing yards, ran in a 7-yard keeper in the third quarter.