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Tue. August 9, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Tuesday's heavy rain was not enough to deter Pinellas Park.

The Patriots ran for cover once, then sloshed their way through the rest of the morning to avoid skipping the second day of fall practice.

In the last segment, Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford installed a nickel defense, a necessity considering the amount of spread offenses the Patriots will face this season.

"It's something we wouldn't even five to think about a few years ago," Crawford said. "But you have to a nickel package now."

Crawford also went through drills with the defensive linemen on keeping containment, which is a must against scrambling quarterbacks such as Largo's Juwan Brown and Palm Harbor University's Billy Pavlock.

And it was Crawford who tried to emulate the improvisational skills of Brown and Pavlock as the scout team quarterback.

"Coach Crawford sometimes thinks of himself as a quarterback," Pinellas Park linebacker/defensive lineman Jeremi Powell said. "He's pretty funny."

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