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Sharks take a bite out of Green Devils

St. Petersburg struggled to defend the Sharks and had problems moving the chains

By KELLIE DIXON
Published May 19, 2007


BROOKSVILLE - It would be easy to get swept up in the moves of running back Tevin Drake or quarterback Stephen Pelaez. The Nature Coast duo accounted for all three touchdowns in the 21-7 win over St. Petersburg.

Drake, a rising sophomore, averaged more than 11 yards per carry and scored on a 27-yard touchdown run. Pelaez, who struggled with the passing part of the Sharks' option, averaged almost 8 yards a carry and scored on touchdown runs of 29 and 8 yards. But onlookers shouldn't overlook a key to the backs' success - the offensive line.

The Sharks returned a combined two starters on the offensive and defensive lines. Coach Jamie Joyner knew the defensive line would be solid - nose tackle Preston Williams had three sacks Friday - but he was pleased to see the offensive line make the right blocks and reads.

St. Petersburg struggled to defend the Sharks and had problems moving the chains. But coach Joe Fabrizio noted that quarterback Robert Lemon has improved his confidence in the pocket. Lemon connected with Danny Terrell for the Green Devils' only TD - a 79-yard pass.