LARGO — In last week’s season opener, Largo needed a touchdown pass on the final play of the game plus a two-point conversion to defeat Bradenton Southeast by a single point.
Friday night against Pinellas Park proved to be much less dramatic for the Packers.
Largo trailed 2-0 early but benefitted from two successful fake punts in the first half and scored 35 unanswered points in a 35-2 victory over the Patriots.
“We definitely could have started better,” Largo linebacker Harry Brown said. “But we got the ball rolling, and that’s all that counts in the end, the 'W’.”
Largo (2-0) was backed up on its 5-yard line to start its first drive and quickly went backwards after Pinellas Park’s Keith Dunigan and Raheem Patterson combined to tackle Packers quarterback Juwan Brown in the end zone on third down to give the Patriots (1-1) a 2-0 lead.
Then, Pinellas Park as it failed to field the ensuing Largo punt. The Packers pounced on the ball near midfield to gain possession, and on fourth and 5 from the Patriots’ 45 , Juwan Brown dropped back to punt but lofted a pass to a wide open Derrick Doss down the right sideline for the Packers’ first touchdown.
“That was a nice spark to our offense by (special teams) coach (Drew) Heuertz,” Harry Brown said. “He put that in this week, and I feel like we can use that as a weapon in the future.”
Largo made it 14-2 by going 74 yards in seven plays, culminated by Jarvis Stewart’s 6-yard touchdown run in which he broke three tackles .
Largo broke open the game in the third quarter with two touchdowns. Juwan Brown (9-for-14, 122 yards passing, three touchdowns) snuck in from a yard to put Largo ahead 21-2 with 3:29 left in the quarter. On Pinellas Park’s next drive, Harry Brown sacked Taron Williams (6-for-10, 39 yards passing), stripped the ball and returned the fumble 25 yards for another score.
Juwan Brown completed a 13-yard fade pass to Jonathan Crawford on the first play of the fourth quarter to cap the onslaught.
“Largo’s a great team,” Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford said. “They’re coached well. They make plays … My kids played hard, we just have to do a better job of preparing them to make plays.”
Pinellas Park rushed for just 55 yards on 23 carries.