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Results from the rest of prep football in Pinellas County last night.
By Times Staff
Published September 22, 2006
BOCA CIEGA 20, GIBBS 14
GULFPORT- In a back-and-forth game that reached double overtime, the Pirates were able to rely on the sound legs of senior Josh Bellamy for a victory.
Midway through the second quarter, junior Durant George penetrated Gibbs' offensive line to block and return a punt 30 yards for a touchdown. With a minute remaining in the half, the Gladiators capitalized on a Boca Ciega fumbled punt return, leading to a 1-yard touchdown run for junior Lamar Hall.
The second half opened for Gibbs with an explosive kickoff return for a touchdown by junior Devon McCullough. Boca Ciega countered later in the quarter with a 5-yard run by Mondrae Francis.
It wasn't until a last-second defensive line switch called by junior Matt Vest that the Pirates were able to open up a hole for Bellamy, who added a 10-yard touchdown run to his 182 rushing yard game to secure the win for Boca Ciega.
- ERIC MENNEL, Times correspondent
COUNTRYSIDE 34, DIXIE HOLLINS 0
COUNTRYSIDE - Maurice Threatts ran for three scores and Countryside's defense pitched its first shutout of the season against visiting Dixie Hollins.
"It is really hard to get a shutout against anyone," Cougars' coach John Davis said. "They've been playing very well lately, but (the defense) really tightened the screws."
Countryside's defense, which has given up just 14 points the last three weeks, only surrendered 31 yards of total offense in the first half and didn't allow a first down until 48 seconds remained in the second quarter. The defense finished with two sacks and a pair of interceptions.
The Cougars (5-0) were efficient in the first half, scoring on four of five possessions. Threatts made it 34-0 in the third quarter, busting up the middle for a 55-yard score. He finished with 111 yards, including touchdowns of 1 and 6 yards.
Countryside's L.D. Crow finished 12-of-18 for 160 yards with an 18-yard TD to Ryan Messmore.
- BRANDON WRIGHT, Times staff writer
East Lake 21, Pinellas Park 11
EAST LAKE - Though the East Lake offense was having problems holding onto the ball, the defense was solid.
The Patriots (0-5) gained only 40 yards rushing and lost 38 of it on sacks. The only time Pinellas Park found the end zone was late in the fourth quarter when Sanjin Becirovic scored on a 40-yard fumble return.
"This was one of our better defensive outings," East Lake coach Bob Hudson said. "We had some guys step it up. The pass rush created some short fields."
The Eagles gained 188 yards on the ground, but fumbled seven times and had three interceptions. Fortunately, only three fumbles were lost.
Micah Powell had 101 yards rushing on 12 carries for East Lake (4-1). Quarterback Mike Smooke ran for a score and passed to Jacob Rachel for a score. Richie Bailey had a 26-yard touchdown run. Pinellas Park quarterback Jesse Redden was 16-for-31 for 184 yards with no interceptions.
- DOUG KATES, Times correspondent
Northeast 22, Clearwater 18
ST. PETERSBURG - Northeast relied on a stout defense and an offense that did just enough to pull out a win.
The Vikings allowed only 192 yards and forced four turnovers.
Armando Sanchez had a big night on both sides of the ball. On defense Sanchez was seemingly in on every tackle and broke up the last pass of the game at the 3. Clearwater was driving when Sanchez jumped and batted down the pass across the middle. On offense Sanchez ran the Viking attack efficiently. He completed 5-of-9 for 140 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Running back Jeff Brinson accounted for Northeast's other two scores.
Clearwater quarterback Luke Loucks played well, running the option and completing nine passes for 114 yards and one score.
"It looked like we tried to give it away tonight," Northeast coach Jerry Austin said. "We have a lot of kids banged up, but we pulled it out."
- CHAD GOEBERT, Times correspondent
SHORECREST 56, Mt. Dora Bible 12
MOUNT DORA - The only thing that could stop Shorecrest running back Clay Burke on Thursday was the traffic before the game. Once Burke hit the field, he racked up 205 yards total offense and three touchdowns as Shorecrest (3-2) beat Mount Dora Bible (1-4) 56-12.
The game was delayed 30 minutes because of a truck accident. Burke, a converted center, led his team in rushing (158 yards) and receiving (47).
"This is his second game at tailback," Shorecrest coach Phil Hayford said. "Since we've had him back there (as a tailback) he's had two outstanding performances."
Shorecrest running back Hunter Tremaine had two TDs, and quarterback Page Harris threw for one TD and ran for another.
- NICK FRIEDELL, Times correspondent
Palm Harbor U. 16, Tarpon Springs 10
Last week's loss to Countryside didn't deter the Hurricanes, who bounced back thanks to a strong running game.
With quick bursts between the tackles, Dejuan Bush and Matt Hyland gained lots of yards on clock-eating drives and helped host Palm Harbor University (3-2) jump out to a 14-3 lead.
The Spongers (1-4) came back on a 95-yard interception return by Calvin Wood to make it 14-10 at the half.
The Hurricanes tacked on a safety in the second half.
"(PHU) just pounded the ball inside on us," Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis said.
- TIMES STAFF
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