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Friday night rewind: Pinellas

JOHN C. COTEY, JAMAL THALJI
Published October 31, 2004

QUOTABLE

"We were in one of these before, when I was at CCC. I hate it. With one quarter, every play is like the the last play of the game." - John Davis, Countryside coach, on district tiebreakers in general and Monday's 7 p.m. Class 4A, District 9 tiebreaker in particular.

"I told the kids that we've lost a bunch of close game this year, but we've always beaten ourselves. Tonight we didn't. I think it might be a turning point." - Largo coach Rick Rodriguez, on his team's 18-16 win over Countryside to force the 4A-9 tiebreaker with the two teams and Dixie Hollins.

"I think we took a big, hard look at ourselves in the mirror after the fourth week of going 0-4, and we didn't feel like we're and 0-4 team." - Bob Hudson, East Lake coach, on his team's four-game win streak, the latest Friday over Clearwater for the Class 5A, District 9 title.

GAME BALLS

RONNIE HARRIS, CC CATHOLIC: His three touchdown runs were big for the Marauders win Friday night to clinch the Class 2B, District 6 runner-up spot. But his 157 yards, most earned on the last clock-killing drive, might have been even bigger.

ADAM CHEESEBREW and DUSTIN MOBLEY, PINELLAS PARK: In their first seven games, all losses, the Patriots scored 14 points. But Friday night, Cheesebrew and Mobley hooked up with just over a minute remaining to help the Patriots better their season-long point total, and better yet, win a game, 17-14 over Palm Harbor.

COLBY ERSKINE and SAM ROPER, SEMINOLE: Erskine had a kickoff return for a touchdown and two interceptions, including one to seal the 15-12 win over St. Petersburg for Seminole and Roper. The victory was the 100th in Roper's career.

DEREK TATE, EAST LAKE: The key to the Eagles' four-game win streak is a return to the option, and Tate ran it well Friday. He rushed for 91 yards and completed 5-of-8 passes for 81 yards, making five-straight completions and throwing three passes for 56 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Bloomfield.

BILLY TAPP, ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC: The senior quarterback completed 8 of 11 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns ... in the first half.

VERNON HOBBS, ADMIRAL FARRAGUT: The freshman running back had 174 yards rushing and four touchdowns to the lead the Blue Jackets to a second straight win.

NOTES

Largo coach Rick Rodriguez said that Dexter McCluster is questionable for Monday's three-way tiebreaker at Countryside.

McCluster was driven to the ground by two Countryside players along the Largo sideline. Largo coaches wanted a penalty and may have deserved one, and McCluster's head hit the ground hard 3-5 yards out of bounds.

McCluster was checked out by a team doctor and he was not allowed back in the game. Rodriguez said McCluster was experiencing dizziness.

How about that Northside Christian defense? After the offense scored 28 first quarter points in Friday night's 44-6 win over Winter Park Trinity, the defense took over. Trinity was held to 55 yards total: 37 rushing and 18 passing, averaging 1.2 yards per play. And that was in the first half. The second half: 16 plays, 0 yards. Trinity punted six times and was held to three first downs.

JUST AN OBSERVATION:

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