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Pinellas football notebook

By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 3, 2001


Keswick Chr. 41, Zion Lutheran 20

Backup running back Quentin Scott ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Crusaders. Scott, a junior, was filling in for star Chad Schooley, who was held out with an injured elbow. Schooley should be ready for Friday's playoff game. Quarterback Chris Schooley, Chad's brother, threw for one touchdown and rushed for another. The Crusaders, who finish the regular season at 8-1, at one point led 41-6 before emptying the bench.

-- Times staff

Gibbs 35, Lakewood 28

ST. PETERSBURG -- Lakewood attempted to march 80 yards in the game's final minutes. The Gibbs defense, however, showed a little sparkle of its own in stopping Lakewood 30 yards shy of the end zone to preserve the victory and win its third straight.

The two teams combined for 38 passing attempts and gained 363 yards through the air. In the end, it was Gibbs' four touchdown passes to Lakewood's two that closed the door on any Lakewood hopes of a victory on homecoming night.

PLAY OF THE GAME: With the game tied at 14, Gibbs receiver Ron Gibson was able to corral a Ron Mathis pass in the end zone that bounced off the hands of two Lakewood receivers. Gibson's catch ended up being the difference.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Gibbs quarterback Ron Mathis completed 11 passes for 152 yards and threw four touchdown passes to three different receivers. Gibson may have caught Mathis' most important pass, but it was his work on the ground that was most consistent. Gibson rushed for 174 yards on 14 carries, including one breakaway that netted 86 yards and set up a Mathis touchdown pass three plays later that brought the score to 28-14.

KEY STATISTIC: Lakewood fumbled three times with its final gaffe ending up in the hands of Gibbs' Siaosi Uhatafe for a 41-yard touchdown return.

THEY SAID IT: "I love these guys. If you ask me, I've got the best receivers in the entire county." -- Gibbs quarterback Ron Mathis.

-- SAM STANTURF

Pinellas Park 41, Boca Ciega 14

PINELLAS PARK -- Pinellas Park warmed up for its playoff run with a victory over Boca Ciega on Homecoming night.

Pinellas Park (3-7), the Class 5A, District 7 runner-up, relied on the run as the Patriots rushed for 229 yards. Jamarcus Smith ran for 114 and teammate Matthew Brassill added 89. Brassill also threw a touchdown.

PLAY OF THE GAME: The best 30 seconds would be more appropriate. Brassill took a handoff and found Robert Mosley open in the end zone with 3:48 left in the third quarter. Seventeen seconds later, Smith recovered a fumble and ran it 18 yards for a score. On the ensuing possession by the Pirates, Brassill intercepted the first pass of the drive.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Smith ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Smith recovered a fumble for a touchdown and forced another.

KEY STATISTIC: Boca Ciega turned the ball over five times via three interceptions and two fumbles.

THEY SAID IT: "I thought we really dominated tonight. It's a good way for our seniors to go out on their last home game." -- Pinellas Park coach James Adams.

-- CHARLES CARDWELL

Northeast 23, Dunedin 14

DUNEDIN -- Northeast had a 16-6 lead entering the fourth quarter but mistakes and penalties gave Dunedin some hope as the Falcons threatened to upset the 8-1 Vikings.

PLAY OF THE GAME: A Falcons snap that sailed out of the endzone for a safety to give the Vikings a 16-0 lead came back to haunt Dunedin as it tried to make a fourth-quarter comeback. With seven minutes left in the game the Falcons scored on a William Dant 1-yard run to bring the Falcons within two points, but the Vikings drove 58 yards on their next possession for another score. They made the point-after and put any chance of a comeback out of reach for the Falcons.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: The Vikings defense, which came up with some stops. One of the biggest came as the second half opened after a fumble on the kickoff game the Falcons the ball near midfield.

KEY STATISTIC: The Falcons were held to 11 yards through the air while Northeast was able to gain 105 yards passing.

THEY SAID IT: "We were able to run the ball, but we didn't play very well at all." -- Northeast coach Jerry Austin.

-- JEFF GUSSOW

Lake Gibson 42, CCC 7

CLEARWATER -- Lake Gibson piled up 445 yards of offense in an impressive display of speed, muscle and discipline. On the Braves first possession, Rodrick McNeal ran 18 yards, followed by a 39-yard run by Donovan French for the game's first points. Lake Gibson quarterback Alex Dukes passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns and French had two rushing touchdowns.

PLAY OF THE GAME: In shotgun formation on Lake Gibson's 45-yard line, Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback Orlando Rivas had a snap go over his head. A mad scramble for the ball ensued in which almost every player on the field touched the football. The Braves eventually recovered on CCC's 5-yard line, a 50-yard difference.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Dukes scrambled away from pressure on a number of plays to pass for positive yardage. On one particular play, Dukes escaped heavy pressure to throw a 16-yard touchdown to Tito Pollice. Defensive tackle Marcus Grant also had three sacks in the first quarter.

KEY STATISTIC: Lake Gibson had 13 penalties for 138 yards with three touchdowns called back.

THEY SAID IT: "When we play together as a unit, there's almost no stopping us. I think we can go all the way this year." -- French.

-- ALEX LYNCH

Countryside 42, PHU 0

PALM HARBOR -- On the first play of the game, Countryside quarterback Kyle Wolfinbarger hit receiver Jermaine Filer for an 80-yard bomb and the Cougars were on their way. This pass-and-catch duo was just getting started as they hooked up on the next Cougar play for a 6-yard scoring play and it was 14-0 halfway through first quarter after two Countryside offensive plays. The duo hooked up again in the third quarter for another score.

PLAY OF THE GAME: With the game long since decided, the Cougars finished off an eight-play drive with a little razzle-dazzle. Filer, on a reverse, eluded a tackler behind the line and then got off a 33-yard pass into the hands of Wolfinbarger, who juggled it, caught it, then dragged a would-be tackler into the endzone.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Wolfinbarger passed for 150 yards and had three touchdown passes, as well as the scoring reception. Filer caught all three of Wolfinbarger's scoring passes. Kicker Jon Peattie was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra-point attempts.

KEY STATISTIC: The Cougars rolled up over 300 yards of total offense, while the defense limited the Hurricanes to 36 total yards. Countryside was able to run off 43 offensive plays to only 23 for Palm Harbor.

THEY SAID IT: "It's been fun, we have had a lot more good memories than bad ones and that's what it's all about." -- Countryside coach Joe Ionata.

"It's been a long season, we were out-manned most games, but the kids never quit on me. I hope the underclassmen learned something that can carry over to next year." -- Palm Harbor coach Mike June.

-- THOM WATSON

Trinity Prep 34, Shorecrest 0

ST. PETERSBURG -- Visiting Trinity Prep (7-3) brought a precise passing, running and kicking package to town, holding Shorecrest (6-4) scoreless. The Saints managed at least one touchdown in each quarter, combined with two long field goals in the first half to produce 348 yards of total offense.

PLAY OF THE GAME: On the first series of the second quarter, Saints running back Zack Zimmer broke through the Charger linebacker corps to score on a 61-yard dash, the first of two Zimmer touchdowns. The highlight for Shorecrest came when the Chargers converted a fourth-down fake punt with a quick pass from Matt Abbey to Billy Rowe for 19 yards. The drive was later stopped.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Saints quarterback Will Proctor took advantage of an early Charger turnover to score on an 11-yard run. Eric Wilbur had a successful night for the Saints both in kicking field goals of 47 and 30 yards, and in catching six receptions for a total of 85 yards.

KEY STATISTIC: With short drops and good footwork Proctor hit 14 of 17 passes with no interceptions.

-- ED REED

Seminole 54, Clearwater 14

SEMINOLE -- Warhawks running back Joe Fabrizio rushed for two touchdowns and 116 yards on nine carries as district-champion Seminole (8-2) ended the playoff hopes of Clearwater (3-7). After the Warhawks led 14-0 early in the first quarter, the Tornadoes cut the lead in half with a 57-yard run by running back Joe Dennis.

The Warhawks regained their lead and never looked back on a 4-yard run by running back D'Qwell Jackson, who rushed for two scores in the game. The Warhawks went into halftime leading 41-7.

The Warhawks' offense continued to dominate in the second half, scoring twice in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from quarterback T.J. Layfield to running back Kevin Dorsey, and a 3-yard run by running back Torri Zaniol.

PLAY OF THE GAME: On the game's first play from scrimmage, Fabrizio took the handoff and ran 76 yards for the game's first score to ignite the Warhawks' offense.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: For the Warhawks, Fabrizio finished with 127 total yards, while Jackson rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries and running back Ryan Goshay added 43 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Dennis rushed for 122 yards on 11 carries, and Ryan Repp caught a touchdown pass for the Tornadoes.

KEY STATISTIC: While Seminole's offense had 15 first downs, the Warhawk defense held the Tornadoes to no first downs until the third quarter. The Tornadoes had justthree in the game.

THEY SAID IT: "We need to keep our concentration going and get ready for the playoff game. It was another great team effort." -- Warhawks head coach Sam Roper.

-- AARON THOMAS

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