Tigers hold off Seffner Christian rally for big win


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Holy Trinity's Kevin Chandler, shown here against MCC, caught a touchdown pass and returned a fumble for a score as the Tigers defeated Seffner Christian 12-7 Friday night in Tampa.

VIERA vOICE Caroline Layman

Kevin Chandler scored two touchdowns and the Holy Trinity defense made a big fourth quarter stop as the Tigers defeated Seffner Christian 12-7 Friday night.

Chandler caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ja’Lon Hudgins in the first quarter and returned a fumble for a 42-yard score in the third as the Tigers built a 12-0 lead.

Seffner Christian, ranked No. 5 in the state in Class 2A by MaxPreps, would get a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and recover a Holy Trinity fumble at the Tigers’ 27-yard line with 2:55 remaining.

But Holy Trinity’s defense would hold off the Crusaders.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at the new Tiger Athletic Complex, but had to be moved to Tampa’s Larry Sanders Sports Complex until Holy Trinity’s field is ready.

With the win, the Tigers are 2-0 heading into next week’s game at Orangewood Christian.

“I’m proud of how we kept fighting,” Holy Trinity coach Nate Hooks Jr. said. “The easy thing to do would’ve been to lay down, feel sorry for yourself, let Seffner score, and say we tried.

“But as Seffner was moving the ball on the last drive of the game, the defense stood up in the paint and made big play after big play. It was intense and exciting.”