The Osceola football team is getting hot as the weather cools.
The Warriors logged their third-straight win -- a come-from-behind 22-21 decision over Palm Harbor University -- on Friday night.
For Osceola Head Coach George Palmer, being on this streak couldn’t have come at a better time in the season.
“We take pride in going from play to play and of course like every team we love winning, said Palmer. “We tried to throw the ball a lot tonight, but we found out it worked better to rush the field. When you have Jamil Morris and Quadarious Patterson, they will make sure they get the job done.”
The Hurricanes would score first after a pass from Tyler Kaminski to Dominick Bonelli would bring first and goal, and Kaminski would run the ball in for a touchdown.
Osceola would answer back with a 70-yard run setting up Jamil Morris to take it in for his first touchdown of the game.
With 29 seconds left in the first quarter, Kaminski would throw a 70-yard pass to Dominic Bonelli to put the Canes back on top, 14-7.
Tanner Tinsley would also score to put PHU up 21-7 at the half.
The game appeared to be PHU’s favor, but according to Palmer, the game was not over yet and they came back ready to repair the mistakes they made.
“They definitely outplayed us in the first half,” said Palmer. “Defensive coaches made some adjustments in the second with their short games turning them into long games. We had to make some decisions in trying to stop their passing game.”
The comeback started with Morris' second touchdown of the night on a 51-yard run to cut the lead to 21-14.
The Warriors got a big turnover when they stopped Kaminski on a 4th-and-1 at the end of the third quarter.
Morris then ran in the final touchdown of the game, with Wilan Harvey scoring the two-point conversion that would be the difference in the 22-21 final.
Next week, Osceola’s (6-3) last home game of the season will be against Venice and PHU’s (4-4) will be against Manatee High School.
“We are going to have to play our best football against Venice to keep the game from getting away from us,” said Palmer. “We can’t make the mistakes we did tonight when we come Friday to playing them. They are one of the best teams in the state for a reason.”