Pinellas Park takes advantage of numerous Hurricane mistakes.
PINELLAS PARK - Well, at least Palm Harbor University coach Mike June can do something useful with the game film from the loss to Pinellas Park. He can use it as a learning tool for blown opportunities.
Not to diminish a gutsy performance by the previously winless Patriots, who got the game-winning touchdown on a halfback option pass from Adam Cheesebrew to Dustin Mobley with just over a minute remaining to edge the Hurricanes 17-13. But PHU aided in its own demise by turning the ball over three times, missing two field goals and an extra point and committing eight penalties.
Twice in the fourth, the 'Canes lost fumbles, the last when they were nursing a 13-10 lead. Nigel Burke lost it and Pinellas Park's Rashad Barganier pounced on it at the PHU 33. Five plays later, aided by a personal foul against the 'Canes, the Patriots were in the end zone and leading.
"We lost a great team from last year, and I've been trying to get these young men to mature," said Patriot coach Luke Kademoff. "They made plays tonight they haven't made all year. "
Certainly no one would have blamed Kademoff for simply saying "Here we go again" the way the game started. Pinellas Park did not get a first down until the second quarter; the Patriots lost one fumble and gave up possession at their own 12 in the first quarter. But if the 'Canes believed the game was over and a playoff berth was assured, they were mistaken. A diving catch by Brett Elam set up Mike Pappas' 1-yard scoring run, and Kim found Dan Parvin on a corner route for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 13-0.
The Patriots got back in it with a 31-yard touchdown scramble early in the second quarter by Bell. A bad snap led to an interception by Pinellas Park's Spencer Gray, setting up a 25-yard field goal by Ryan Gilbey that made it 13-10.