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Bradenton Bayshore overwhelms Osceola

The Warriors hang tough for two quarters, but the second half is a different story.

By JOHN SCHWARB

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 26, 2000


BRADENTON -- Unfortunately for Osceola, Friday night's exhibition was of the four-quarter variety. For a half, the Warriors hung with Bradenton Bayshore, but after the intermission there were no highlights in a 43-7 loss.

Osceola showcased its meal ticket for the 2000 season on its very first series, as junior running back Jason Teague carried the ball six times for 75 yards and scored the Warriors' lone touchdown on a 1-yard dive.

Teague, Pinellas County's second-leading rusher last year, collected 115 yards on 16 carries on the night. The rest of the offense sputtered, however, especially in the air as two quarterbacks combined for one completion and three interceptions in 14 attempts.

Bayshore jumped on the board in the second quarter on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Tobares Baker to Ronald Lane, then took the lead for good on a safety when Osceola sent a punt snap out of its own end zone.

In the second half the floodgates opened, as the Bruins scored 34 points, on passes of 70 and 51 yards and runs of 51, 11 and 56 yards.

For the game Bayshore amassed 228 yards rushing and 215 passing. Osceola rushed for 236 yards.

"Our goal, as young as we are, is to keep it close," said Osceola coach George Palmer. "We did a good job of that the first half, we made them go the length of the field. Then they hit the big play. We tried to get everybody in the game, and it got out of hand.

"We're still 0-0, but we've got a lot of work to do to be competitive for Pinellas Park (Friday)."

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