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South sends a message

The county all-stars thump the North 31-7.

By JOE SMITH
Published December 7, 2006


CLEARWATER - Lakewood senior quarterback Corey Henderson played with a heavy heart Wednesday night.

His grandmother, Louella Bradberry, passed away the night before the Pinellas All-Star Classic.

Henderson responded by throwing two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Pinellas Park's Quinton King to help lead the South to a 31-7 win over the North at Clearwater High.

"The South train came through," Henderson said. "It was just a little delayed."

Some sights and sounds from the game:

CHALK TALK: King said he and Henderson spoke at halftime after discovering a glitch in the North's secondary. King three catches, 87 yards, the game's MVP, scored both of his TDs on corner routes.

BOOM!: Small-school players delivered two of the biggest hits. With the North driving late in the third quarter, Keswick Christian's Kenny Shorter popped Countryside receiver Matt Mooney, breaking up a catch near the 10-yard line. Then, in the fourth, Admiral Farragut's Kreg Brown leveled Mooney in kickoff coverage.

TARPON TWOSOME: Tarpon Springs seniors Calvin Wood and Marquise Gamble turned some heads. Wood (38 rushing yards) had a 53-yard reception, and Gamble broke free for a 58-yard kick return. Gamble, a shutdown corner, is being recruited by several SEC schools, including Ole Miss and Auburn.

JOHNNY-ON-THE-SPOT: Northeast defensive back Cortez Gathright forced a fumble in the third quarter, recovered by Dixie Hollins' Jamar McKinney (setting up the South's second touchdown, a 3-yard run by Osceola's Sergio Allen). Then, in the fourth, Gathright intercepted a pass, which led to a 25-yard field goal by Admiral Farragut's David Gans.

TRUE TO HIS SCHOOL: Countryside quarterback L.D. Crow (11-of-21, 156 yards, two INTs) connected with Clearwater Central Catholic receiver Chris Campbell for an 11-yard score on the North's opening drive. Crow said he is keeping his commitment to Stanford, though coach Walt Harris was fired this week.

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com or at (727) 893-8129.

Most Valuable Players

Overall: Quinton King, WR, Pinellas Park

Offensive: Corey Henderson, QB, Lakewood

Defensive: Lawon Scott, DL, St. Petersburg

Offensive line: Will Sloat, East Lake

Defensive line: Derek Eling, Seminole

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