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Falcons turn back Cougars

Dunedin stops a two-point conversion attempt to preserve its 8-6 win over Countryside.

By JOE SMITH
Published October 14, 2006


CLEARWATER -Dunedin senior linebacker Vince Hollingsworth, his helmet off and dirty jersey untucked, gave coach Mark Everett a monster bear hug.

"We did it, Coach! We did it!"

Hollingsworth made two huge plays and Dunedin's defense dominated in the Falcons' 8-6 win over Countryside.

With the victory over the Cougars (6-2, 2-1), Dunedin (6-1, 2-0) slayed the three-time defending district champions and took sole possession of first place.

The game was still in doubt until Hollingsworth made the game's biggest tackle, stuffing Brandon Lockwood just short of the goal line on Countryside's attempted two-point conversion with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left.

"We've waited 365 days for this," said Dunedin junior Mike Towns. "It's a great feeling."

Towns was one of several tailbacks picking up the slack for leading rusher Daris Bellamy (out with sprained knee).

It was Towns who scored the Falcons' lone touchdown - a four-yard sweep on third-and-goal - to give Dunedin an 8-0 lead with 9 minutes, 45 seconds remaining.

The Falcons, who had already scored on a safety, missed the extra point, giving Countryside new life.

And when Dunedin fumbled on its own 39 with four minutes to play, the Cougars took advantage. Senior quarterback L.D. Crow (8-17, 71 yards, INT), completed a 24-yard pass.

Then, on third-and-1, tailback Dawrence Roberts went 6 yards for a touchdown.

Countryside's failed two-point conversion was fitting, considering the Falcons' defensive front thwarted the Cougars' running attack (giving up just 88 yards). Countryside coach John Davis gave Dunedin credit for "making us one-dimensional all night."

"The D-line played amazing," Hollingsworth said. "That was the best I've ever seen them play."