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Mon. September 14, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

PALM HARBOR – Palm Harbor University football coach Mark Haye might be the last person around to complain about a 7-6 win, which is what his team pulled off last Friday against Pinellas Park.

That’s because he’s also defensive coordinator.

“I’ll take giving up six points any day as long as you get the ‘W,’ ” Haye said.

For the 29-year-old Haye, that ‘W’ was his first as a head coach.

PHU (1-1) held the Patriots to less than 200 yards.

To the coach, two ‘Cane defenders stood out – LB Scott Santangelo and DT Jared Strippert. Santangelo recorded 13.5 tackles and an interception; Strippert had seven tackles – three for loss – and a sack.

“Our guys were flying to the ball and causing turnovers,” Haye said.

As for the offense, or lack thereof …

“Too many penalties,” Haye said. “We shot ourselves in the foot too much.”

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