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A look some of the games around the county last night.
By Times Staff
Published October 14, 2006
Northside chr. 32, Indian rocks 7
ST. PETERSBURG - Friday was Homecoming for Northside Christian (6-1) and Cody Sirgey ensured that all of the Mustangs fans went home happy.
The senior running back had 10 carries for 61 yards and four scores, two coming on the ground, one in the air and the other off a blocked punt in a resounding victory over the Golden Eagles (2-5).
The Mustangs defense forced four turnovers, converting all of those opportunities into scores.
"Our defense did a good job of putting their hats on the balls," Mustangs coach Bob Dare said.
Indian Rocks Christian's lone score came on a 1-yard run by Louis Mason, which was set up by a 66-yard pass completion to Patric Yancey up the right sideline.
- CHRIS WAGAR, Times correspondent
LARGO 41, Seminole 16
SEMINOLE - The Packers scored 20 points in the final nine minutes, beating the Warhawks in a game where the score belied how close it was.
When Largo (7-0) sophomore Kim Howard (8 carries, 111 yards, TD) rumbled 72 yards midway through the first quarter to set up the first of Antonio Patterson's two touchdowns, it looked as if Seminole the rout was on.
However, Seminole held Largo to 47 yards rushing for the remainder of the half. Marcus Santini had 72 first-half rushing yards for the Warhawks, who led 10-7 after Kyle Sadler's 22 yard field goal with 2:41 remaining in the second.
Quarterback Leonard Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 24 yards to give Largo good field position.
He took advantage of by throwing a 30-yard touchdown to Reginald McCray, who took a vicious hit from the Warhawks' secondary.
The Packers led 14-10 at the much-needed break.
- JEREMY WRITT, Times correspondent
St. Petersburg 17, Dixie Hollins 7
ST. PETERSBURG - Deontae Jones rushed for 61 yards on four carries and the Green Devil offense set the tempo early in the first, marching 85 yards on 10 plays during the opening drive. The drive led to Nick Soloman's 21-yard-field goal.
The Green Devils took advantage of the game's only turnover in the first. After a fumble by the Rebels offense on their first possession, Robert Lemon connected with Jernois Bradberry on a 19-yard reception. The scored capped off a 63-yard drive with 0:35 left in the quarter.
The Rebels offense responded to the score in the second. Joshua Brown's 3-yard run cut the lead to 10-7 with 4:10 left in the half. The Green Devils sacked Brown three times and held the offense to 40 yards total in the second half.
Jones provided the knockout punch for the Green Devil offense in the fourth on a 42-yard run late to close out scoring.
"The defensive staff, they do a great job in preparing the kids for being in the right spots at the right time," coach Joe Fabrizio said.
- AARON THOMAS, Times staff writer
CLEARWATER 41, PALM HARBOR U 31
CLEARWATER - Luke Loucks had 402 yards passing and four touchdowns to lead Clearwater to a comeback win, breaking a school record for passing yards in a game. Loucks deferred conversation to his teammates before leaving for an all-star invitational tournament in Orlando.
"We needed this," said Joe Marshall, a defensive lineman who also had two rushing touchdowns. "We needed him."
After Sean Shelton (3-for-13, 112 yards) and Shawn McBride hooked up for a 60-yard touchdown on the Hurricanes' first drive, Loucks completed five straight passes in a no-huddle drive and threw his first score, a 12-yarder to Chris Sackmann. Clearwater used the hurry-up mode most of the night, and Sackmann benefited with 14 catches for 254 yards.
Dejuan Bush (116 yards on 18 carries) helped give Palm Harbor University a 28-21 halftime lead. Clearwater took the lead for good with two minutes left. The defense held and the Tornadoes added a score late.
- ERIC MUSKATEVC, Times correspondent
Cambridge 17, Calvary Chr. 12
TAMPA - Cambridge (3-4) outgained Calvary Christian (4-3) 291-55 yards on the ground. Tim Stewart led the Lancers with 93 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns.
After freshman quarterback Ryan Horan failed to get the offense going, the Lancers put in junior Mike Miller to run the offense. Miller ran for 83 yards on 16 carries, including five carries for first downs.
The Warriors were led by senior running back Jamie Center, who had 108 yards on 12 carries for two touchdowns. Center's first touchdown went for 66 yards right up the middle.
"Mike Miller is a true leader for our team on the football field," Cambridge coach Rick Shears said.
"He came in and really helped lead us to a win."
- ADRIEN DE MARTINI, Times correspondent
Bradenton CHR 38, Canterbury 35
ST. PETERSBURG - The Crusaders (4-2) jumped to an early lead, fell apart for two quarters, then mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback before falling to the Panthers (3-4).
Canterbury took a 13-0 lead less than 6 minutes into the game on John Lancaster's 33-yard interception return, but Bradenton Christian quarterback Eric Friedenberg responded by completing 12 straight passes, including five for 20-plus yards and four for touchdowns.
The Panthers scored 19 points in the third to take a 38-20 lead, but Canterbury fought back with 15 in the fourth.
Crusaders quarterback Brandon Hamilton completed six passes and connected with Lancaster three times during a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive that made it 38-27 with 5:40 remaining. The Crusaders cut it to 38-35 when a pair of pass plays led to a 1-yard run by Joey Cuda. Hamilton's two-point conversion run brought Canterbury to within a field goal, but the Crusaders never got another chance on offense.
- EMERY SKOLFIELD, Times correspondent
FORT MEADE 56, ADMIRAL FARRAGUT 0
ST. PETERSBURG - Tamorris Grace had three rushing touchdowns in a rout of Admiral Farragut at Al Ross field.
The tandem of Grace and Onterrio McCalebb combined for 143 yards and four scores.
"By mixing the two, we are effective," Miners interim coach Bill Smith said. "Tamorris is a slice-and-dice kid, and Onterrio is good as both a runner and receiver."
The Miners (4-3) were equally as effective on defense, holding Admiral Farragut to 142 yards and returning two turnovers for touchdowns.
The Blue Jackets (1-5) have been plagued by injuries to key positions.
"It's been rough sledding so far, but the last couple games we feel pretty good about," Blue Jackets coach Chris Miller said.
- MIKE COLAPIETRO, Times correspondent
SPC 32, BISHOP VEROT 25
It wasn't easy, but the Barons survived in a high-scoring game to win their second straight. SPC (3-5) was led by Jock Sanders.