Spartans shock Countryside

Published November 4, 2005

CLEARWATER - Lakewood upset previously unbeaten Countryside 20-14 on Thursday.

Clarence Scott and Jared Carter perfectly blocked punts. Ramsey Linder kicked a perfect onside kick. And the Spartans picked the perfect times to bring pressure, registering five sacks.

"When you perfect things, it doesn't matter how good of a football team you are, which they are," Lakewood coach Otis Dixon said.

The three big plays helped Lakewood build a 13-7 halftime lead despite only 60 yards of offense.

"We did just about everything we could do wrong," Countryside coach John Davis said. "The bottom line is Lakewood outplayed us in all phases of the game. We got outcoached, outplayed and outhit."

The Spartans (2-9) buried Cougars deeper in the hole in the third when senior Jacquez Gibbs capped their first drive with a 15-yard touchdown run up the middle, breaking several arm tackles along the way, to make it 20-7.

Seminole 19, Northeast 17

ST. PETERSBURG - Tim Forsman kicked a 20-yard field goal with 13 seconds left to give Seminole a win. It came after Warhawks defensive end Derek Eling forced a fumble.

The Vikings (4-6) took a 17-7 lead early in the third on a Lukasz Chrzastek 18-yard field goal. Ryan Catanzaro (107 yards) brought the Warhawks (6-4) closer with a 3-yard run at the end of the third, but a mishandled snap on the extra point left the visitors behind by four.

- CHRIS GIRANDOLA, Times correspondent

Dunedin 12, Pinellas Park 6

DUNEDIN - A blocked field goal and touchdown return was the difference for Dunedin (7-3). In a 6-6 tie, Robbie Mincey broke through and blocked the 35-yarder. Vince Hollingsworth picked up the football and ran for a touchdown with 9:45 left.

"I've never seen a game (turn) on a return like that," Dunedin coach Mark Everett said.

Earlier, Dunedin blocked an extra point. This time, Everett thought the Patriots (2-8) might try a fake, telling his defense to play back. Mincey went forward.

- DOUG KATES, Times correspondent

Gibbs 28, PHU 14

PALM HARBOR - Jerrell Young rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Brandon Shorter 105 yards and a touchdown to lead the Gladiators (5-5).

Anthony Diaz's 3-yard run got Palm Harbor U. (2-8) to within 16-14. But Young responded with his second score, a 3-yarder. And on the ensuing kickoff, PHU tried to lateral across the field. The ball bounced, and Robert Woodall fell on it in the PHU end zone to seal it.

- ERIC MUSKATEVC, Times correspondent

Dixie 30, East Lake 20

EAST LAKE - The Rebels built a 9-0 lead in the first five minutes and cruised.

After forcing East Lake (4-6) into a three-and-out from inside its 20 on the opening possession, the Rebels (8-2) got a safety when the ball was snapped over the punter's head and out of the end zone. On the next drive, Dustin Zitzmann rumbled 41 yards and later scored from 3 yards.

- BRANDON WRIGHT, Times staff writer

Boca Ciega 21, St. Petersburg 7

ST. PETERSBURG - Playing in place of the injured Beau Gordon, sophomore Orhian Johnson connected with Jamar Newsome for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half to lift Boca Ciega.

Gordon, a senior, injured his right knee while being sacked for a 15-yard loss midway through the second quarter and did not return. Johnson responded by completing 5 of 7 passes for 97 yards for the Pirates (7-3).

Durand Kent rushed for 111 yards on 12 carries for the Green Devils (3-7).

- EMERY SKOLFIELD, Times correspondent