Rebels' defense helps hold off Sarasota

The Rebels knocked off host Sarasota 21-14.

Published May 25, 2007

Dixie Hollins coach Mike Morey had been waiting for a chance to beat a team from Manatee or Sarasota County.

He finally got it.

The Rebels knocked off host Sarasota 21-14. It was the third time this spring a Pinellas County team has gone across the Sunshine Skyway and come back with a win.

Last week, Largo defeated Sarasota Riverview and Dunedin beat Bradenton Southeast.

"It's been a long time coming, " Morey said.

Dixie Hollins set the tone early, marching 70 yards on a nine-play drive that was capped by Josh Brown's 15-yard pass to Jaron Cole for a touchdown.

In the second half, the Rebels scored on runs of 6 yards by James Worthen and 5 yards by Jermeil Douse.

Dixie Hollins' Chris Sanborn and Ja-Far Fortt helped prevent the Sailors from recording a first down in the first half.

Bob Putnam can be reached at putnam@sptimes.com or 727 445-4169.