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Pinellas football roundup

By Times staff writers
Published September 18, 2005

Jupiter Christian 34, Indian Rocks Christian 0

LARGO - Jupiter opened the game with a bang, scoring a touchdown on a 70-yard drive. The Eagles followed that up by recovering an onside kick, throwing a 48-yard touchdown pass on the next play. Jupiter has yet to give up a score this season, shutting out all three opponents.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Kyle DeArmon, the Indian Rocks quarterback, led a charge all the way to the Jupiter 3. After rolling to his left, DeArmon threw an interception in the end zone that was returned for a touchdown by Aaron Wragg.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jupiter running back Cedrick Epps produced many big runs and finished with 114 yards, and added 69 yards on 12 receptions. He also had three touchdowns.

KEY STATISTIC: Indian Rocks saw most of its success throwing and had little production from the running game. Granted, IRC moved the chains much better while using four receivers, but its backs struggled, producing 42 yards on 19 carries.

THEY SAID IT: "We saw the tapes. They didn't do anything to surprise us. We had a good week of practice. You just have to hand it to Jupiter." - Mark Buchanan, IRC coach

- DON WOLF, Times correspondent

East Lake 17, Clearwater 0

EAST LAKE - Andrew Willburn rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown to lead East Lake.

After the Eagles offense went three and out on the first possession, the defense took over. Brent Hill's 50-yard interception return gave East Bay the lead.

The Tornadoes' A'Darrius Anderson completed a 36-yard pass to Tyre Greggs in the second half, but an interception by J.J. Emanuele stopped the drive.

The Tornadoes drove deep into Eagles territory late. But East Bay forced an incomplete pass at the goal line.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Leading 7-0 in the second, Willburn ran down the East Lake sideline for a 52-yard touchdown, the game's longest play.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: The Tornadoes' Tyre Greggs had four catches for 89 yards and Cass Carter had 11 carries for 58. Willburn's 85 rushing yards and touchdown led the Eagles, and the defense contributed with three interceptions, one touchdown and four sacks.

KEY STATISTIC: Clearwater committed six penalties for 43 yards. East Lake had 12 for 78.

THEY SAID IT: "The defense was the key, giving us the ball back. They played tough and aggressive. I'm disappointed in some of our penalties. That is not us. We will correct that." - East Lake coach Bob Hudson.

- AARON THOMAS, Times staff writer

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