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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

By BOB PUTNAM and BRANDON WRIGHT, Times Staff Writers
Published September 30, 2007


Another week, another set of surprises. Did Clearwater's pass-happy offense really run the ball 36 times while grinding out a win against Gibbs? And what about Tarpon Springs? We thought the Spongers were on a roll. Some things remained the same, though: Largo won again to remain undefeated (although it took two overtimes to decide it), while Northside Christian and Keswick Christina continue to prove they are teams to be reckoned with in the small-school football world. Stay tuned, because there's more drama to follow.

Defensive player of the week

Jared DiMaggio
Keswick Christian, RB
He wanted to be the focal point of the Crusaders' offense against Cambridge. Keswick coach Rick Sanson obliged, and DiMaggio responded with 219 yards on 21 carries and two scores in a win.

Offensive player of the week 

Mundare Francis
Boca Ciega, LB
Francis usually makes headlines on offense. But he showed he has a nose for the ball on defense, recovering a fumble caused by defensive end Julian Forte in the end zone for a touchdown. Francis also played a big role in helping the Pirates record a shutout.

Top performers 

Raheem Smith
Dixie Hollins
He scored three touchdowns in the Rebels' win over Palm Harbor University.

Cameron Cabarris
Osceola, TB
He ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns against rival Seminole.

Orhian Johnson
Boca Ciega, QB
Johnson threw for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns against St. Petersburg.

Adaris Bellamy
Dunedin, RB
The workhorse back ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns in loss to Largo.

Leonard Johnson
Largo, QB
The dual-threat quarterback ran for 100 yards and threw for more than 50 against Dunedin.

Harrison Settle
Shorecrest, RB/LB
Settle accounted for three touchdowns in the Chargers 56-8 thumping of Mount Dora. Settle scored on runs of 30 and 15 yards, then added a 25-yard interception return.

Kevin Tapp
St. Petersburg Catholic, QB
The Barons fell a little short, but Tapp tossed a pair of TD strikes and had a hand in two two-point conversions.

Benjamin Kaylor
Northside Christian, WR
Kaylor had touchdown runs of 23 and 58 yards in the Mustangs' 35-12 win.

In a rush!

Largo's Brynn Harvey and Northeast's Jeff Brinson are each trying to break the county rushing record of 2,490 yards set by former Packer Dexter McCluster. Here are each of their totals after Week 5.

Jeff Brinson

Week 1: 386 yards
Week 2: 316 yards
Week 3: 145 yards
Week 4: 313 yards
Week 5: Bye
Total: 1,160 yards

Brynn Harvey

Week 1: 246 yards
Week 2: 264 yards
Week 3: Bye
Week 4: 216 yards
Week 5: 98 yards
Total: 824 yards

Dexter McCluster

Week 1: 222 yards
Week 2: 292 yards
Week 3: bye
Week 4: 155 yards
Week 5: 75 yards
Total: 744 yards