Times super seven
1. Largo (3-0): Thanks to a balanced offense and a nasty defense, the Packers end Countryside’s 27-game regular-season win streak and vault to the top of the standings.
2. Countryside (2-1): Despite being manhandled against Largo, the Cougars do not drop far considering they beat Lakewood in the preseason and East Lake two weeks ago.
3. Lakewood (2-0): No one had a better week than the Spartans, who were off and stayed unbeaten in a week of upsets and close calls.
4. East Lake (2-1): It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Tarpon Springs for the fourth straight year.
5. Clearwater Central Catholic (2-1): Might as well have been a bye week for the Marauders, who put it on cruise control in shutting out winless Hudson.
6. Palm Harbor U. (3-0): How’s this for a stat? The 'Canes are allowing 74 yards of offense per game.
7. Tarpon Springs (2-1): The Spongers showed they can stay with some of the county’s best with a spirited effort against East Lake.
Will Anderson, DB, Admiral Farragut: Anderson had three interceptions against Canterbury to help preserve the Blue Jackets' second straight shutout. One of the interceptions was on a halfback pass in which he made a one-handed catch and barely kept a foot inbounds.
Ryan Davis, QB, Northeast: Davis threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns and also gained 61 yards rushing in a 12-6 win over Boca Ciega. Davis gained 311 of his team’s 363 yards.
Tyler Kaminski, Palm Harbor University: The Hurricanes were supposed to be in dire straights without Billy Pavlock, last year’s dual-threat quarterback who graduated. But Kaminski has proven to be more than a capable replacement. Against Seminole, Kaminski threw for 168 yards, ran for 62 and accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, two running).
Five things we learned Friday night
1. Largo is the best team in the county. The talk during the week was that Countryside was the big dog, or big bank. The Packers did not dispute that. They referred to themselves as the little dog, but they were the pit bull. And they were tenacious in beating up the Cougars. That aggressiveness will be enough for Largo to roll to another district title and might help the Packers hang with a really big dog, Armwood, in the playoffs.
2. Whatever Dave Moore is doing at Shorecrest, it’s working. The ex-Buc has the Chargers at 2-1 after a 26-3 win over Calvary Christian. That’s as many wins as they had all of last season. Of course, Carrollwood Day awaits, but hey, enjoy it while you can.
3. Talk about two teams heading in different directions. After a Week 1 win over Gibbs, it looked as if St. Petersburg might be pretty good while Gibbs might struggle. Then St. Petersburg stumbles against Palm Harbor University and lost Friday to Osceola. Meanwhile, Gibbs gets past Lennard then beats Spoto by 40 points. Granted, those aren’t two powerhouse teams, but the Gladiators are feeling much better about themselves than the Green Devils.
4. PHU has not given up a touchdown through three games. The Hurricanes are going to be tough to deal with all season with a defense like this.
5. Tarpon Springs is no pushover. After beating Dunedin and Clearwater the first two weeks, the Spongers got their first test in their rivalry game against East Lake. For three quarters, Tarpon Springs gave the Eagles all they could handle and had the lead before stumbling down the stretch. The Spongers have to be considered the leading contender for the runnerup spot in Class 6A, District 7.
Three thoughts for Week 4
1. The Clearwater Central Catholic vs. Palm Harbor University matchup this week is very intriguing. A classic chess match between offensive coach John Davis of CCC and defensive coach Matt LePain of PHU.
2. Lakewood appears to be sitting pretty sweet for the next month. The Spartans' next four games are against Dunedin, Middleton, Gibbs and Lennard, all very winnable. And with Jesuit falling by 21 to Robinson Friday, it looks like the Oct. 26 game at home against Robinson could be huge in District 5A-8.
3. Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford said he turned over the keys to the offensive coaches for the Dixie Hollins game. The result? A 48-14 win. Hey, Kenny, let the offensive staff keep the keys.