Cotey column: Perfect season a feat worth cherishing



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Thu. November 11, 2010 | John C. Cotey | Email

Cotey column: Perfect season a feat worth cherishing

Perfection is fabulous.

And fleeting.

Countryside is 10-0, and St. Petersburg should get there Friday when it closes out the regular season against Dunedin.

For the Cougars, it is their first perfect regular season; for the Green Devils, it will be their first since 1984.

Sometimes, with so much emphasis placed on district titles and playoff berths, it is easy to forget how special and rare 10-0 is.
Largo was the last team to achieve perfection, in 2007. Admiral Farragut actually finished 11-0 in 2000, breezing through an independent schedule and winning a bowl game.

The coach? Mike Jalazo, now at Leto, which was saved from an 0-10 season when King forfeited its win over the Falcons.


Clearwater hasn’t had one since 1981. Dunedin since 1982. Pinellas Park since 1983.


Northeast once made 10-0 a regular part of its football program. From 1996-99, the Vikings did nothing but go 10-0.


The last time Pinellas County had two teams finish 10-0 was, unofficially, 1994. That season, Osceola and Shorecrest both posted 10-0 records.

This year, both teams are looking at 1-9.


So enjoy it, boys.

SPRING CLEANING: In one of the most highly anticipated spring jamborees in recent memory, the county’s two 10-0 teams played and St. Petersburg won 29-10.

The Green Devils dominated, and used it as momentum. The Cougars were humbled, but used it as motivation.

Now, here they are.


Who is up for a rematch?

It would take a highly unlikely, earth-shattering, inexplicable turn of events for the teams to pull that off. Oh, and I’ve got dibs on the book and movie rights if they somehow do.

Both are in Class 5A. Countryside is in the north half, St. Petersburg in the south.

Technically, if they keep winning, they could meet in the state championship.

Countryside would have to beat, at some point, Plant and Lakeland; St. Petersburg would have to beat Bradenton Manatee and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Not to mention neither team has a first-round game next week that you’d bet your mortgage on.

Still, it is fun to imagine the possibilities.

And thus concludes the first chapter of my 2011 book “IMPOSSIBLE: How two teams from a county that had never won a state title met to make history.”


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