Times' super 7
1. East Lake (5-0, 1-0): The 49-6 rout over Tarpon Springs was the Eagles’ fifth straight victory in the rivalry and their 10th straight regular-season win, the longest active streak in the county.
2. Largo (4-1, 0-0): Since losing to East Lake in Week 2, the Packers have won three straight, including Friday’s 20-6 victory over Lakewood.
3. Clearwater Central Catholic (4-1, 1-0): Thanks to 28 second-half points, the Marauders turned a halftime deficit into a 38-14 victory over state-ranked Ocala Trinity Catholic.
4. Pinellas Park (5-0, 1-0): The catalyst for the Patriots’ strong start has been their run game, which racked up more than 300 yards in a 35-21 victory over Dixie Hollins.
5. Countryside (3-1, 1-0): The bye week allowed the Cougars to rest before gearing up for a stretch of district games that will determine their playoff hopes.
6. Lakewood (3-2, 1-0): The Spartans can take solace in knowing their two losses (Countryside and Largo) have come in non-district games.
7. St. Petersburg (3-1, 1-0): In their three wins, the Green Devils have outscored opponents a combined 118-7.
Top five performances
1. Jarvis Stewart, RB, Largo: Against Lakewood, Stewart carried his team — along with a few defenders — on his back, rushing for 205 yards and scoring two touchdowns on 38 carries in a 20-6 victory.
2. Tyler Kaminski, QB, Palm Harbor University: In a wild 35-34 overtime victory over Seminole, Kaminski accounted for all five Hurricane touchdowns, rushing for four and throwing for one. In the past two games, both wins, Kaminski has scored all 10 touchdowns for PHU.
3. Maurice Hall, RB, Gibbs: Hall had two touchdown runs, including a 43-yarder, and added an 80-yard kickoff return in Gibbs’ 48-13 win over Clearwater.
4. Artavis Scott, ATH, East Lake: The Clemson recruit showed off his versatility with 64 yards rushing, 27 receiving and scoring three times in a victory over rival Tarpon Springs.
5. Ra’Quanne Dickens, RB, Seminole: In his best game of the season, Dickens rushed for 304 yards and scored four touchdowns in a loss to PHU.
Breaking through: Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz, a long-time college assistant, got his first win as a high school coach Friday. Granted, Clearwater is 0-5 and rebuilding, but a win is a win. After four straight road games, Gibbs (1-4) will try to make it two straight when it returns home against Tarpon Springs on Friday.
Offensively challenged: Maybe it’s a lack of chemistry given the amount of transfers this summer. Maybe it’s a rash of injuries. Whatever the reason, Lakewood’s offense is not in synch. Through five games, the Spartans are averaging 18 points per game. In their two losses, they have scored a combined 19 points. Some of that is due to a constantly shifting lineup. On Friday, quarterback Ryan Davis left after taking a hard hit at the end of the second quarter against Largo. Spartans coach Cory Moore said Davis could have returned, but he is saving him for this week’s district game against Boca Ciega. Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was not dressed against Largo, but will play against the Pirates.
Playoff implications: There are two district games this week that could determine playoff berths. In Class 8A-7, St. Petersburg hosts Palm Harbor University in what likely will be a battle for the runnerup spot considering state power Bradenton Manatee is now in the district. In 3A-5, CCC hosts St. Petersburg Catholic in a rivalry game, with the winner having the inside track to a district title.
Continued dominance: No team in the county has been as impressive at the midway point than East Lake. In four of their five wins, the Eagles have scored 40 or more points. What’s scary for opponents is the passing game is just getting started. The defense has been stout, allowing 22 points, only nine of which have come against the first-unit defense.
“This is a county statement win, for sure. They are a top team in the county. They have a great staff and great athletes. But so do we.’’ — Largo coach Rick Rodriguez, after beating Lakewood 20-6.
Compiled by staff writers Bob Putnam and Rodney Page.