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Wed. September 9, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

CLEARWATER – Last fall, the Clearwater football team won twice, reached double digits in scoring only three times and allowed 30 or more points five times. Last Friday, the Tornadoes not only were victorious against Seminole, but won in resounding fashion, 36-8.

“That,” longtime Clearwater coach Tom Bostic said, “was a big confidence booster,”

What went right?

Actually, just about everything.

On offense, the running game, led by standout RB/LB Jeremiah George, produced 219 yards and four touchdowns while averaging better than 5 yards per carry.  Quarterback Ryan Hagens was efficient, going 4 of 6 for 68 yards and one TD.

On the other side, the defense, quite frankly, dominated.
Seminole was held to 160 total yards, punted five times and didn’t score until the final minute.

Even the special teams did well, Bostic said.

The question now is this: Can the Tornadoes follow one outstanding effort with another Friday against Osceola?

“We’ll find out this week,” Bostic said. “I’ve seen (one win) boost teams up.”

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