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Pinellas football roundup

Times staff writers
Published October 9, 2004

Northeast 34, Pinellas Park 0

ST. PETERSBURG - Host Northeast dominated the line of scrimmage and continued Pinellas Park's struggles. Vikings shut down the Patriot offense and put on quite an offensive show of their own.

PLAY OF THE GAME: With his Vikings up 14-0 early in the second quarter, quarterback Austin Smith handed running back Sherman Clemons the ball. Clemons weaved his way through the Patriot defense, broke outside and tiptoed down the sideline for a 43-yard score.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Viking senior Jerrell Lamb saw limited action against the Patriots but when he got his opportunities he made the most of them. Lamb ran six times for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass and made several highlight moves on his way to 23 yards receiving. On defense Jerrell made solid tackles and an interception, which he returned for 38 yards.

KEY STATISTIC: Northeast ran over, around and through the Patriot defense, racking up 312 yards rushing on 38 carries, an average of 8.2 yards. The Vikings had eight plays of 20 yards or longer.

THEY SAID IT: "It was good to have pretty much everybody back, that helped. We kept our backs fresh and our offensive and defensive lines both played well." - Northeast coach Jerry Austin.

- CHAD GOEBERT, Times correspondent

Dixie Hollins 21, PHU 7

ST PETERSBURG - Dixie Hollins (4-1) avoided the dreaded Homecoming loss by scoring three second-half touchdowns.

Palm Harbor (1-4) stunned the Rebels early when QB Martin Kim threw a 75-yard touchdown to Alex Gelep on the third play of the game. It took Dixie a half to get going, but the Rebels regrouped at halftime and gained 241 yards on 19 carries in the second half.

PLAY OF THE GAME: The Rebels took the lead with 7:13 remaining in the third quarter when Martin ran for 63 yards on what looked like a pass play.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Dixie Hollins' offensive line. The Rebels ran for 270 yards with two carriers getting runs of 50 yards or more. Fullback Dan Puckett did it twice with runs of 58 and 52 yards.

KEY STATISTIC: Dixie Hollins averaged 12.6 yards per carry compared to 4.3 for Palm Harbor. The Hurricanes were penalized 14 times for 98 yards, including a nine for 73 in the second half in which the Rebels committed no infractions.

THEY SAID IT: "We were flat. There was a lot stuff going on during the week, but I told them at halftime that they were not going to have much of a dance if they lose this game." - Mike Morey, Dixie coach on first-half performance

- JEREMY WRITT, Times correspondent

Osceola 35, Dunedin 0

SEMINOLE - The host Warriors continued to pound the football, running 43 times for 193 yards and all five touchdowns. The defense held the Falcon offense to 145 total yards and created five turnovers.

PLAY OF THE GAME: With the ball at the Osceola 19, Ryan Thompson broke free and bolted down the field for his 81-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: The Warrior defense bought time for the offense, making play after play in the Falcon backfield.

KEY STATISTIC: The Falcon offense managed only 32 yards of offense in the first half, with one first down.

THEY SAID IT: "That's all we know how to do, so that's all we can do." - Osceola coach George Palmer on the Warrior running game.

- TOM LANG, Times correspondent

Lakewood 20, Largo 19

ST. PETERSBURG - Lakewood won its first game of the season in dramatic fashion, scoring on a Hail Mary with less than one second left. Spartans quarterback Chris Bryant rolled to his left from the Largo 40, eluded a group of tacklers, and threw a TD pass to Jamal Simpson.

Lakewood took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter when Louis Murphy intercepted a Nathan Smith pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown. The Packers scored early in the fourth on a 2-yard run by Smith, but a bad snap on the extra point allowed the Spartans to maintain a 14-13 advantage. Largo scored what appeared to be the winning touchdown with less than 24 seconds in the game on another TD run by Smith, this time from 1 yard. But a penalty on the extra point attempt backed them up 5 yards, and the Packers decided to try for a two-point conversion, which fell incomplete.

PLAY OF THE GAME: On Lakewood's final possession, Bryant scrambled for 21 yards to the Spartans' 45, putting them within reach of a winning touchdown.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Bryant accounted for all 80 yards of Lakewood's winning drive.

KEY STATISTIC: Until the final play, the Spartans had generated -14 yards of offense in the second half.

THEY SAID IT: "I'm just exhausted. It's certainly nice to get back in the win column, but we still got a lot of work to do." - Brian Bruch, Lakewood coach

- ANTHONY SALVEGGI, Times correspondent

Keswick Chr. 53, Cambridge 0

ST. PETERSBURG - It took only 1:39 for Keswick Christian to send a message to the Lancers. A five-play, 75-yard drive, highlighted by Chris Colucci's 1-yard TD run, gave the Crusaders a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

Quarterback Blake Engelhardt put on an aerial show in the first half, completing two touchdown passes of 25 and 10 yards to senior receiver Michael Young. Engelhardt finished 10-of-18 for 155 yards passing.

A thunderous sack by Jeff Curtiss caused Cambridge quarterback Korey Sims to fumble, and Young scooped up the loose ball for a 29-yard touchdown. A Kenny Shorter 1-yard TD run gave Keswick a commanding 27-0 lead late in the second quarter.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Engelhardt's 51-yard pass to Colucci on the second play of the game set the tone for the rest of the night.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: The Crusaders were tough on defense with two interceptions and six sacks, two by Jared Small. Young had three receptions for 41 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a fumble recovery for a TD and his kickoffs pinned Cambridge deep in its territory the entire game. Running back Jared DiMaggio rushed for 75 yards on 14 carries after replacing an injured Colucci in the first quarter.

KEY STATISTIC: Keswick (3-2) scored 33 points off turnovers. Cambridge (3-3) was held to a listless 40 yards of total offense and a three first downs.

- CARMINO IMONDI, Times correspondent

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