For the Lakewood Ranch Mustangs, Friday night's game against the undefeated Port Charlotte Pirates was their championship.
The Pirates having secured a playoff spot before this regular season finale, played like it.
"It's on me, I didn't do enough to prepare my guys for this game," Port Charlotte head coach Jordan Ingman said.
Mustangs' quarterback Chad Rex threw for 126 yards on 12-19 passing to lead his team to a 14-13 win over the Pirates.
"I'm so proud of my guys, we have a young core and will be very good for the next few years," Mustangs head coach Shawn Trent said.
After a scoreless fist quarter Port Charlotte's Martin Luther punched in a 4-yard touchdown run.
Luther finished with 64-yards on nine carries.
Following the run, Lakewood Ranch (5-5) put together a scoring drive of its own.
Rex scrambled for a 5-yard touchdown run of his own.
"Our guys answered the call, they didn't get down they just kept fighting," coach Trent said.
The game was all tied up 7-7 heading into the half after the Pirates sacked Rex for a 10-yard loss on a third and long.
Port Charlotte (8-1) came out in the second half moving the ball well and ate up a lot of clock.
Traige McClary scored on a 9-yard scamper up the middle giving the Pirates a 13-7 lead with 1:00 left in the third quarter, but were unable to convert on the point after kick. The miss would turn out to be a costly one.
With the game in his hands, Rex competed five out of six passes for Lakewood Ranch before connecting with Wyatt McLeod for an 11-yard touchdown on 4-and-11.
McClary was sacked for a 5-yard loss on 4&8 with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter giving the ball back to the Mustangs.
Lakewood Ranch was able to run the clock out securing a win in its last home game of the season.
"This was great for our se
niors, I'm so happy for those guys," coach Trent said.