Pinellas: News and notes

By BOB PUTNAM, Times Staff Writer
Published December 6, 2007

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Hans Lytle

At 6-6, 182 pounds, Lytle has the perfect frame for basketball and many thought he would follow his older brother, Charlie, onto the hardwood.

Hans had other plans.

He wanted to be Charles Barkley in shoulder pads.

"Football is in my blood," Hans said. "I just love it."

A two-year starter on the defensive line, Hans is part of an aggressive front four that makes quarterbacks uneasy. He has 35 tackles, five sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Friday night, he goes up against a powerful offensive line in Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

"I'm looking forward to it," Hans said. "This is the biggest game of our lives."


Packers to be honored

Sunday, the Largo football team will be honored during the 11 a.m. youth service at Shiloh Missionary Baptist, 13255 118th St. N in Largo. The players and coaching staff were invited by legendary Largo educator James Feazell Sr.


Fun fact

Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Duron Carter is the son of former NFL star Cris Carter, who is a faculty member and coach at the school.

Cris Carter was a four-time All-Pro and played in eight straight Pro Bowls. In addition to coaching with the Raiders, he also is a host on HBO's Inside the NFL and an analyst for Yahoo Sports.

Duron is second on the team with 15 receptions for 239 yards and four touchdowns.


By the numbers

8 Touchdown receptions this season for Largo receiver Reggie McCray, right.e_SClBBy the numbers

The last county team to play in a state football semifinal was Northeast in 1997. The Vikings traveled to play St. Thomas Aquinas and lost 14-0.


Check it out

Can't make it out to Largo's state semifinal against St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday? Catch 47 will broadcast the game live at 7:30 p.m. There also will be live updates from the Armwood game at Miami Booker T. Washington.

Contact us

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