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Marauders outslug Warhawks by seven

By BOB PUTNAM, JOHN SCHWARB, PETE YOUNG and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2000


SEMINOLE -- Clearwater Central Catholic and Seminole didn't light up the scoreboard Thursday evening.

Lightning struck the night before and knocked the power out of the scoreboard at Warhawk Stadium.

It didn't stop both teams from scoring, though.

In one half there were five touchdowns, one missed field goal and a turnover on downs. The Marauders had most of the big plays as they racked up 285 total yards and held a 21-14 lead.

The offenses moved so fast and scored so quick, it seemed the only thing capable of stopping them was the weather.

It did.

A thunderstorm rolled through Warhawk Stadium at halftime and forced the cancellation of the second half, which was to be played by the junior varsity. Clearwater Central Catholic's lead turned into a victory.

For awhile, the Marauders were the only ones providing the points. They scored on their opening possession when James Sommers ran for a 45-yard touchdown on a draw. On CCC's next series, it capitalized on a pass interference penalty that help set up Jay Davis' 9-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Edwards.

Down 14-0, Seminole came to life. Donyelle Williams ran 73 yards around the end for a touchdown and cut the deficit to 14-7. The Marauders increased their lead on Jay Davis' second touchdown pass, a 68-yarder to Larue Rumpf. Seminole rounded out the scoring with Justin Lumpkin's 56-yard touchdown run.

Davis was 12-of-19 for 173 yards. Five completions came on CCC's final drive, which ended with a missed 38-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining.

Spongers defeat Largo

CLEARWATER -- The Countryside jamboree began and ended with impressive bursts of speed, one off a turnover and the other off Mother Nature.

Tarpon Springs' Roshaun Marshall scored on a 96-yard fumble recovery early on to spur the Spongers to a 7-0 win over Largo, and the St. Petersburg-Countryside nightcap was called with 9:29 remaining and the Green Devils up 6-0 when strong lightning forced a rapid evacuation of the field and stands.

Marshall's touchdown aside, the first exhibition was far from electrifying. Tarpon Springs' four possessions ended with a lost fumble, an interception, a punt and and another interception, and the Spongers had another fumble on a botched punt return.

"We had a game plan to come over and evaluate where we were, and I saw where we were," said Tarpon Springs coach Don Davis. "We need to improve. I was very disappointed in the condition of the team."

Largo moved the ball with some success, thanks mostly to 55 yards rushing on seven carries from Devon Goodloe, but failed to convert on two occasions deep in the red zone.

In the first quarter the Packers took advantage of a Spongers fumble at its 30-yard line and moved to the 3, but running back Eric Brooks fumbled upon contact on first-and-goal, allowing Marshall to swoop in and take off.

With a minute to play Largo drove to the 5-yard line, but failed to score on four rushing attempts.

In the second half of the jamboree, St. Petersburg took the opening kickoff and drove 69 yards in three plays for a touchdown. Will Jones started the drive with a 32-yard dash off left tackle, then Wes Bryan carried a pile of Cougars 16 yards up the middle. Jones picked up the final 20 yards and the touchdown with a run off the right side. The extra point was blocked.

"At times we ran the ball pretty well," St. Petersburg coach Dusty Boylson said.

Countryside held its own defensively over the rest of the lightning-shortened game, but only gained 50 yards on 19 plays.

"We don't practice against that kind of quickness," said Countryside coach Joe Ionata. "(St. Petersburg) was very physical, and we didn't match up."

-- John Schwarb

Lightning halts jamboree

ST. PETERSBURG -- For 11 plays Thursday at Lakewood, defense ruled. Then lightning reigned.

Midway through the first quarter of the three-team jamboree between the host Spartans, Pinellas Park and Palm Harbor University, it began to rain and lightning. The rain lasted 30 minutes, but with lightning still in the area about an hour later the jamboree was postponed.

It was rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at Lakewood, pending the approval of county athletic director Bob Hosack.

Palm Harbor had punted on its first possession, and then the Hurricanes forced a Lakewood punt following a first-down run by the Spartans' Marcus Anderson. After PHU's James Brown was nailed for a three-yard loss on first down by Marcello Church, the game was halted.

-- Pete Young

Mustangs routed

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Bo Herrington and Chris Greene combined for 16 carries and 113 yards as Orlando First Academy defeated Northside Christian 35-0 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

First Academy led 21-0 after the first quarter on two touchdowns by Herrington and one by Green.

-- Times wires

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