The Sandcrabs almost had it.
Head coach Troy Coke and his squad were searching for their first win of the season when the Sandcrabs took on a struggling and depleted Matanzas team on Friday, Sept. 14, at Daytona Stadium. The Sandcrabs even scored the first touchdown of the game: a 31-yard strike from backup quarterback Chase Verble, starting in the place of injured QB Isaiah Shirley, to senior receiver Orion Mountain.
The Sandcrabs led 7-6 after the Pirates senior Branden Gilyard scored on a 98-yard kickoff return but had the extra point blocked. Seabreeze held onto its narrow lead until a fourth-quarter collapse. The Pirates scored 16-straight points in the final period to put the game away. The Sandcrabs gave up a 46-yard touchdown run to Gilyard, which put the game out of reach.
The Pirates won 22-7, and the Sandcrabs dropped to 0-3.