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Countryside pulverizes Gulf 37-6


© St. Petersburg Times, published September 10, 2000

CLEARWATER -- Northeast didn't get worse. Countryside could be that good.

Despite a sloppy five-fumble first half, the Cougars rushed for 226 yards and allowed just 137 total yards in a 37-6 Class 4A, District 6 win over Gulf one week after upsetting Northeast.

Tom Cantillo's 129 yards on 13 carries was the key.

"We call him "Foxhole,"' Countryside coach Joe Ionata said. "He's the kid you want to be in a foxhole with."

Gulf opened the game with a successful onside kick. After four and out and a 25-minute lightning delay, Countryside marched to the Buc 1-yard line but fumble.

On the next play, the Cougar defense swarmed the Gulf running back for a safety.

Kyle Wolfinbarger got things going for Countryside on the first play of the second quarter when he connected with Alvaro Muente for a 62-yard touchdown pass. Later, Wolfinbarger threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Adam Kauten for a 16-0 lead.

On Countryside's second possession of the second half, Cantillo scored on a 12-yard touchdown run. Then after J.J. Illarazza blocked a Gulf punt, Wolfinbarger threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Corey Reardon.

Gulf didn't make a first down until midway through the fourth quarter. Ramiel Martinez scored its only touchdown on a 6-yard run.

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