St. Petersburg 55, Gibbs 14
ST. PETERSBURG - After a fumbled punt return helped put them down 7-0, the Green Devils scored 42 consecutive points for their first victory.
PLAYS OF THE GAME: Tied at 7, Gibbs pinned St. Petersburg on its 3 with a punt. But Stephen Berthelot hit Durand Kent on a slant pass, and Kent outraced the secondary for a 97-yard touchdown and 14-7 lead. On the next play, Brandon Shorter's interception was returned 31 yards by Chris Lovett to make it 21-7.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Berthelot, who was 2-for-6 for 115 yards and a touchdown, also returned an interception for a touchdown on Gibbs' first second-half possession. Teammate Robert Blanks rushed for 151 yards on eight carries, and Lovett's second touchdown came on an interception return.
THEY SAID IT: "We have so many weapons. When we put it all together, well, you see what can happen." - Berthelot.
- CHRIS GIRANDOLA, Times correspondentKeswick 35, Calvary Chr. 0
ST. PETERSBURG - The Crusaders once again showed why they are the number one team in their district, improving to 3-0 as they thoroughly dominated the visiting Calvary Christian Warriors.
PLAY OF THE GAME: With no time on the clock and Keswick at the Warriors' 35, Calvary was called for pass interference near the goal line, giving the Crusaders another shot at the end zone. Senior quarterback Blake Engelhardt found a receiver for the score but a holding call negated the touchdown and the Crusaders had to replay the down from their own 40. Once again, with no time remaining, the Warriors were called for pass interference near the goal line. This time, Engelhardt made them pay with a 25-yard strike down the middle of the field to sophomore wide receiver Jake Lorenzen.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Engelhardt threw for two touchdowns and ran for another late in the game from the running back position after backup quarterback Jared Stacy had entered the game. Engelhardt finished the night 10-of-18 for 167 yards. Sophomore running back Jared DiMaggio carried the ball 13 times for 82 yards and one touchdown.
KEY STATISTIC: The Warriors had minus 15 yards rushing.
- ANTHONY SALVEGGI, Times correspondentShorecrest 41, Adm. Farragut 14
ST PETERSBURG - Shorecrest (1-3) turned its homecoming game into a coming out party for its offense. After reaching the end zone just once during the bad end of three consecutive blowouts the Chargers erupted for six touchdowns against the Blue Jackets (2-2).
PLAY OF THE GAME: Shorecrest capped off the its 13-play, 71-yard opening drive with a 7-yard plunge from running back T.J. Smith. The Chargers repeated this run-dominant formula with similar results all night and punted just once.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Shorecrest running backs Broghan Carnes (145 yards, TD on 23 carries) and Mark Catanese (95 yards, TD on 12 carries). Quarterback Page Harris made the most of his 66 yards scoring four touchdowns on 16 carries.
KEY STATISTIC: Bernard Scott came into the game riding a three-game streak of rushing for 200 yards or better. Shorecrest held the talented tailback to 36 yard on 13 carries.
- JEREMY WRITT, Times correspondentFort Meade 43, Northside 7
ST. PETERSBURG - The Miners' defense forced three turnovers. On the Mustangs' second possession, Tamorris Grace returned an interception for a touchdown. He also had an offensive score in the third quarter. Henry Grace and Onterio McCalebb also scored for Fort Meade. Drew Phillips' interception led to the Mustangs' touchdown.
PLAY OF THE GAME: On the Mustangs second possession, the Miners intercepted the ball and returned it 32 yards for the score.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Tamorris Grace had touchdowns on offense and defense. KEY STATISTIC: Fort Meade rushed for 289 yards while the Mustangs had 20.
- MIKE BALLENGER, Times correspondentSeminole 37, Pinellas Park 7
SEMINOLE - The Warhawks, celebrating their homecoming weekend, used a vicious running attack to upend the Patriots.
With a plethora of backs, Seminole ran several plays to the outside while Ryan Catanzaro punished the middle. Pinellas Park tried several offensive schemes and even switched quarterbacks for a series, but the Patriots couldn't move the ball. PLAY OF THE GAME: After receiving a pass, Seminole's Kelan O'Hanlan pitched the ball to Greg Harvey, who sped down the sideline for a 42-yard gain. PLAYER OF THE GAME: The Warhawks' Catanzaro finished with 142 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. KEY STATISTIC: Seminole had 14 first downs, mostly due to a rushing attack that produced 296 yards.
THEY SAID IT: "All week, we prepared to win. We studied for this game," Catanzaro said.
- DON WOLF, Times correspondentBradenton Bayshore 27, Osceola 0
SEMINOLE - Osceola didn't yield a turnover and finished with only two penalties for 7 yards. That was the good news.
Unfortunately for the Warriors (1-3), there was plenty bad news - 70 yards of offense, including 64 on 29 rushing attempts - as they dropped their Class 4A, District-9 opener to the Bruins (2-2). Bayshore piled up 356 yards and 18 first downs.
The Bruins' Latravis Washington completed 10 of 14 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns, and Dwayne Blue finished with 143 yards on 26 carries. The bright spot for Osceola was Juan McKinney, who rushed for 41 yards on 12 attempts.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Leading 7-0 late in the second quarter, Bayshore converted a fourth-and-2 from its 43-yard line. Two plays later, the Bruins scored on a 22-yard pass to Marquis Murray to grab a 13-0 lead just before halftime.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Washington and Murray, who had five catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns.KEY STATISTIC: Just two Warriors first downs. THEY SAID IT: "I don't think we had any turnovers," Osceola coach George Palmer said. "That's amazing to get beat like that without any turnovers. That just shows how much they dominated us."
- EMERY SKOLFIELD, Times correspondentWinter Haven All Saints 46, Canterbury 32
It wasn't a win, but the Crusaders showed improvement by scoring the most they had during their inaugural season.
Brandon Hamilton was 16-of-33 for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He had 11 carries for 61 and ran for another score. Mitchell Todd scored on a kickoff return for the third time this season. Johnny Lancaster had six receptions for 54 and Chris Vineyard had three for 97.
- TIMES STAFFBradenton Southeast 42, Northeast 35
BRADENTON - Despite an offensive edge, Northeast (1-3, 0-1) fell short against No. 7-ranked Bradenton Southeast (3-1, 1-0) in the 4A-District 9 opener.
The Vikings outgained the Seminoles 391 yards to 364 and ran 28 more offensive plays but paid dearly for four turnovers, one resulting in Marquis Griffin's 78-yard fumble return for a touchdown that put Southeast ahead 14-0 late in the first quarter.
Leon Wright led Northeast rushers with 132 yards on 18 carries. Adrian Jenkins led the Southeast rushers game with 145 yards on 16 carries but had to leave briefly in the first quarter with a twisted ankle. After Griffin's touchdown, the Vikings constructed a methodical 11-play, 75-yard drive, all on the ground, culminating in Wright's 7-yard sweep.
- THE HERALDCCC 29, Auburndale 14
AUBURNDALE - Riley Cooper caught five passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns to lead Clearwater Central Catholic over Auburndale.
The game was tied at the half, but the Marauders (3-1) ultimately wore out the Bloodhounds defense during the second half as Cooper caught his second touchdown to put CCC up 26-14 with 10:09 remaining in the third quarter. Cooper's first touchdown came on a 99-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Nowels in the first quarter.
- THE LEDGER