At home, the Terriers were able to surpass the Dragons 6 point lead with only 56 seconds left of game time, leaving them with a win, and Garcia with the title of the most winningest coach in Hillsborough County.
In the first three quarters, no points were scored and the game looked as if whichever team was able to score first would take home the victory.
With 8:33 left in the 4th quarter, Jefferson runs in a touchdown and is able to put six points on the board, due to a missed attempt at an extra point. Missing that extra point was crucial for the Terriers, and tensions were high.
Then with only 56 seconds left on the clock, Dwayne House recovers a fumble and runs it in for a touchdown leaving the game now tied, until sophomore kicker, Zach Long makes the extra point giving the Terriers a one-point lead with less than a minute left of game time.
With only less than a minute left, Jefferson was not able to make it past Hillsborough’s defense, and the Terriers won the close game.
“I felt that it was a great team win and it felt amazing scoring the game-winning touchdown,” said House “we’ve worked hard for this game, and it means a lot for us winning two games back to back at home”.
Not only was this a big win for the team, but it also was the win coach Earl Garcia needed to become the current most winningest coach in Hillsborough County, with 255 wins.
Coach Joe Sipp, who played for Garcia in 1993 and was a part of his first team as a head coach felt that this win was unbelievable.
“I helped him get this first win and now this last win,” said Sipp.
To commemorate Garcia on the title, T-shirts were made with the line “Tampa Bay’s all-time winningest coach”, and he was able to come home to a party his wife has been planning for this moment.