Pinellas high school roundup

Results from other high school football games around the county last night.

By Times Staff
Published October 7, 2006


PALM HARBOR - Heading into every game this season, Largo has a goal to score at least 23 points and win.

Through six games this season, that goal has been reached perfectly.

Friday night, Largo defeated Palm Harbor University and is now 6-0 when reaching its goal.

"We feel our defense is good enough that if we score 23 points we should win every game," said Largo offensive coordinator Dave Angelo.

The Packers offense gained 271 yards on the ground, including 144 by junior Brynn Harvey. Leonard Johnson and Reginald McCray connected for two touchdown passes.

The Packers also used two rushing touchdowns and one 86-yard kickoff return by Greg Harvey for their points.

The Hurricanes (3-3) lost key running back Billy Nowell on their first drive .

- DOUG KATES, Times correspondent


EAST LAKE 35, Seminole 7

EAST LAKE -Micah Powell sees hole. Powell hits hole. Twice, the East Lake senior tailback/receiver/returner saw gaps in Seminole's coverage, bursting through the Warhawks for a touchdown run of 24 yards and a 65-yard punt return in the opening minutes of the Eagles' win.

Powell's rushing touchdown came on the Eagles' first possession. Seminole fired right back with an amazing catch in the end zone to tie the game by Kevin Keesee on what would have been an interception. An 80-yard catch and run from Mike Smooke to Jeff LaPratt, and Powell's touchdown return put East Lake up 21-7 after the first quarter. Bryant Lumpkin (4-of-8, 47-yards) came in as quarterback for Seminole before halftime, but East Lake got touchdowns from Billy Byrne (7 rushes, 105 yards) and Jeff Aldridge, who also had two sacks.

- ERIC MUSKATEVC, Times correspondent



ST PETERSBURG - Lakewood 3-3 responded to the Green Devils' late surge by scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes. St. Petersburg (2-4) trailed until a roughing-the-kicker penalty extended its drive.

"I always tell them that you are not going to play one football game that you're not going to face adversity," Lakewood coach Otis Dixon said.

That adversity came on third-and-22 with the Green Devils on the Lakewood 41. Joshua Paletti received the ball from center and looked like he was going to run it but punted just before contact, drawing the flag. Two plays later, Quinton Newton scored from the 15 to make it 21-17.

"I'm so proud of our kids (for being able) to overcome such an incredible call and drive the ball down there with our third string quarterback. They just were very resilient tonight," Dixon said.

- JEREMY WRITT, Times correspondent



ST. PETERSBURG - Shorecrest's win streak ended with a thud.

The Chargers (4-2), looking good after three consecutive wins, couldn't get anything going against their speedy, non-district and still-unbeaten visitors in a lopsided loss at Haskell Field.

While the Neumann duo of cousins Jessie and Bobby Davis helped the Celtics (5-0) pile up offensive yardage, Shorecrest (4-3) failed to generate anything.

The Chargers managed 76 yards of offense and four first downs - two on penalties. Clay Burke, a center-turned-tailback, led Shorecrest with 50 yards on 20 carries.

"They just shut us down defensively," said Shorecrest coach Phil Hayford. "They just really wore us down."

- EMERY SKOLFIELD, Times correspondent


Calvary Christian 27 , Santa Fe Catholic 20

CLEARWATER - Calvary Christian coach Chris Rivera outlined two keys to a victory over visiting Santa Fe Catholic (2-4): Play solid physical football and stop running back Bubba Faiola. Faiola carried the Crimson Hawk offense, running the ball 21 times for 102 yards, but he was visibly worn down late in the game.

The Warrior defense came up big, stripping Faiola of the ball at the Warrior's 14-yard line to stop a Crimson Hawk drive with 4 minutes left. The Warrior defense forced three fumbles.

The Warriors (4-2) used the run to keep the tempo throughout the game. Jaime Center led the attack with three touchdowns and 180 yards on the ground.

"Its great fun to watch a guy like Jaime Center develop as a running back," Rivera said. "You either get after it or you don't. Hats off to our guys - big, big win."

MIKE COLAPIETRO, Times correspondent




The visiting Mustangs recorded their fourth shutout this season. Cody Sirgey ran for 150 yards on five carries and scored twice. Seth Cole also scored two touchdowns on short runs.

Brett Anderson returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown, and David Edwards finished things off by scoring on a 2-yard run.

Northside (5-1) emptied its bench, and a running clock was used in the second half.


The Crusaders used their ground game to improve to 4-1. Joey Cuda ran for 111 yards and scored three touchdowns. He also had 42 yards receiving and another score.

Quarterback Brandon Hamilton accounted for more than 200 yards on offense and ran for a touchdown and threw for another.




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