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ST. PETERSBURG — It’s hard to believe Rashad Lewis and every player on St. Petersburg’s offensive line haven’t been inundated with college offers.
Lewis again racked up the yards, rushing for 255 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries to help the Green Devils secure a 42-26 victory over Boca Ciega on Thursday night.
“My line is awesome, what can I say,” said Lewis, a senior who has rushed for 20 touchdowns and 1,186 yards as the Green Devils (7-0) scored more than 40 points for a fourth consecutive game.
Lewis scored on the second play of the game with a 45-yard burst up the middle. Then, after the Green Devils blocked a punt, scored on a 4-yard scamper to give St. Petersburg a 14-0 lead.
“Our line has been continually getting better and better over the past two seasons,” St. Petersburg senior center Tyler Sweetland said. “We worked every day this summer on our technique and that, along with our experience, is the key to our success this year.”
The Pirates (2-4) posed a threat on their next possession, driving the ball to a foot away from the goal line after a 14-yard run by Denzal Dillard. But the Green Devils stopped the Pirates on three straight rushes, then sacked quarterback Shaquille Bradford, forcing a fumble. Dylan Livrago ran it back 90 yards for a touchdown.
The Pirates came back to score with 30 seconds left in the half on a 30-yard pass from Bradford to Phadrae White.
Facing some pressure, the Green Devils quickly turned the tide in the second half as Lewis ran for 43 yards on St. Petersburg’s first series, then scored from 14 yards out. Lewis scored on a 39-yard rush on St. Petersburg’s next possession to put the Green Devils up 35-7.
Bradford completed 13-of-21 for 225 yards and three touchdowns, and had one rushing TD.