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Football: Tarpon Springs 27, Clearwater 13

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Sat. August 30, 2014 | Chuck Frye

TARPON SPRINGS — This isn’t last year’s Clearwater football team. Physical between the tackles and athletic in the secondary, the Tornadoes gave high-scoring Tarpon Springs all it could handle. But the fourth and final Clearwater turnover was the costliest as senior Daniel Davis took an interception 69 yards to the house with 7:29 left.

Drive of the game: After Clearwater took a shocking 13-7 lead on a 21-yard Garrison Bryant-to-Rasim Avmet connection with 2:32 left in the first half, the Spongers struck back quickly. Trapped between defenders Jacquez Jones and Jatavious Byrd at the Tornado 35, Davis skied to haul down Brandon Casier’s pass and convert it into a 60-yard touchdown.

Play of the game: In the fourth quarter, Davis (207 total yards) outmuscled a Clearwater receiver and rode key blocks from Mitchell Wilcox and J’Von France for the game-changing pick-six.

Stars of the game: Davis rolled up 219 all-purpose yards in the comeback victory. Star running back Michael Ford had 105 offensive yards and a TD in the win.

Stats of the game: For the visitors, quarterback Bryant was electric, hitting 10 different receivers on a 18-for-35, 368-yard night. Despite a turnover-free evening, Tarpon committed 15 penalties for 115 yards. Clearwater had 13 flags for 68 yards.

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