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Mon. August 31, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

PALM HARBOR -- Because the Palm Harbor University football team returned only three starters from last year, the Hurricanes needed an exhibition game more than most.

Just to see what they have.

Well, it turns out what they have might not be so bad.

Palmharborhelmet In a 28-14 win over Clearwater Central Catholic last week, PHU was far from perfect, but coach Mark Haye’s youthful team did enough things right to give fans of the program reason for hope.

“All in all,” Haye said, “it wasn’t a bad start.”

Here are some notes from the game:

-RB Scott Santangelo, one of the team’s most electrifying players, started at tailback and rushed for 80 yards. "He runs extremely hard and has great vision,” Haye said. “He’s not a blazer, but he’s a very, very strong runner.”

-As a team, the Hurricanes rushed for almost 250 yards.

-Penalties were a major issue. PHU committed about 10 of them.

-QB Ja'Tyuan Landing, a first-year starter at the position, rushed for 130 yards, scored a touchdown and, at times, looked solid, Haye said. He led the Hurricanes to scores on each of their first two drives. “We want him to play to his potential on every single play,” Haye said. “He’s getting there.”

-Sophomore Billy Pavlock, Landing’s backup, should get a good bit of snaps under center, Haye said.

-The offensive line, which returned just one starter, played well and was “physical up front,” according to Haye.

PHU opens the regular season at home this week against Tarpon Springs.

--KEITH NIEBUHR

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