FOOTBALL: Port Charlotte wins with a late touchdown


Port Charlotte's Ernest Harvey carries the ball in a 7-0 preseason win for the Pirates (Sun Photo by Michele Haskell).

Port Charlotte’s Ernest Harvey carries the ball in a 7-0 preseason win for the Pirates (Sun Photo by Michele Haskell).

IN A NUTSHELL: After an hour and a half weather delay, Port Charlotte and Victory Christian played a 20-minute first half, and 16-minute second half in order to get their preseason game in. Penalties on both sides halted many of the drives for both teams, but the Pirates were able to overcome the infractions thanks to a trick play.

DID YOU SEE THAT: With under 30 seconds left in the game, quarterback Paul Barnes flipped the ball to running back Ernest Harvey, who took a few steps before launching a 33-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Luther for the game’s only score. They left the Storm with just 16.3 seconds on the clock.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Devin Leacock registered his third sack of the night when he brought down Storm quarterback Dalton Jenner as time expired.

UNSUNG HERO: William Furlow caused troubles all night for Jenner as a defensive back. He had three pass deflections, including a near interception in the end-zone when Victory Christian attempted to score on a fourth-down play. He had a second chance at an interception later in the game, and took advantage of it for the Pirates’ second forced turnover.

THEY SAID IT: “I’m focusing on all the things we have to get better at right now. On defense we played very hard, but we didn’t play smart in any phase tonight. It was probably the worst game we’ve played in four years from a penalty stand point, and that’s my fault. I did a poor job getting the guys ready for this one, and it’s definitely a wake up call. We have a lot of work that needs to be done. — Port Charlotte coach Jordan Ingman

Victory Chr.     0     0      0     0 — 0
Port Charlotte     0   0     0     7 — 7
Fourth quarter
PC – TJ Luther 33 pass from Ernest Harvey (Devon McCormick kick), :16.3.

                         VC             PC

First Downs        9             11

Rushes/yds        22-41      40-178

Passing yds        11           59

C-A-I                   4-14-1       4-10-0

Fumbles/lost       2-1           1-0

Penalties/yds      5-30         8-90

Individual stats

Rushing: Port Charlotte: Ernest Harvey 14-83, Paul Barnes 11-79, No. 3 5-31, Shawn Campbell 8-17; Victory Christian: Jaryd Alexander 11-31, Dalton Jenner 7-37, Ja’Quaes Stone 3-(-12).

Passing: Port Charlotte: Paul Barnes 3-9-26-0, Ernest Harvey 1-1-33-1; Victory Christian: Dalton Jenner 4-14-11-1.

Receiving: Port Charlotte: Tiyan Bush 1-12, Ernest Harvey 1-10, TJ Harvey 1-33; Victory Christian: Semaj James 3-32, Stone 1-30, Kahari Joseph 1-22.

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