Times’ super 7
1. East Lake (9-0, 5-0): The demolition of county opponents continued with a 49-6 win over Northeast. The Eagles have scored more points (418) in nine games than they did all of last year (369), which included three playoff games.
2. Largo (7-2, 3-0): Bounced back from last week’s loss to Lake Gibson with a 52-12 romp over Dixie Hollins to conclude district play.
3. Pinellas Park (8-1, 4-1): Big second half propelled the Patriots to 46-10 victory over Countryside and wrapped up Pinellas Park’s third straight postseason appearance with the runnerup spot in Class 7A, District 9.
4. Clearwater Central Catholic (7-2, 4-0): Though their 19-13 overtime loss to IMG was tough, the Marauders can take solace in knowing their two losses have come in overtime on the road (Tampa Catholic) to powerful programs and were decided by a combined nine points.
5. Lakewood (6-3, 4-0): The Spartans traveled to Jacksonville and lost to Raines 23-7. All of Lakewood’s losses have been to winning teams, including two that made the playoffs (Largo, Raines).
6. Countryside (6-3, 3-2): When the Cougars lose, they lose big. In its three losses, Countryside was outscored a combined 120-13, including 93-13 in district losses to East Lake and Pinellas Park.
7. Indian Rocks Christian (7-2, 5-0): The Golden Eagles, who had the week off, have won seven straight and are gearing up for a home playoff game in two weeks.
Five top performances
1. Donte Maxson, RB, Pinellas Park: Maxson didn’t carry the ball much against Countryside, but when he did it was for big yards. Maxson had seven carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns of 22, 80 and 25 yards.
2. Jacquan Fuller, RB, St. Petersburg Catholic: The Barons rolled over Calvary Christian with 417 yards rushing. Fuller was a big part of that. He scored three times in SPC’s 56-21 win on runs of 52, 14 and 52 yards.
3. Montel Johnson, ATH, Tarpon Springs: The Spongers had to win to become playoff eligible, and Johnson played a big role in the 67-22 blowout of Boca Ciega. He scored on a 98-yard kickoff return to start the game, then added a 52-yard touchdown run and a 4-yard touchdown catch.
4. Tayveon Landsm, RB, Gibbs: Landsm had three touchdown runs and gained 89 yards on 14 carries to help Gibbs to a 48-6 win over Dunedin.
5. Devin Abraham, DB, East Lake: The USF recruit was a force on special teams, blocking two punts, including one he returned for a touchdown. He also scored on an interception return to lead the Eagles in a rout of Northeast.
Best playoff matchup
Jefferson at Largo: For years, the Packers have been paired with either Armwood or Hillsborough in the first round of the playoffs. This season, Largo opens up postseason play Nov. 15 with a different opponent that will still be a challenge. The Dragons have a high-powered offense and have scored 345 points in nine games. Their only loss this season? To Armwood.
Former professional wrestling great Ric Flair made an appearance in the Countryside locker room prior to Friday’s game against Pinellas Park.
“This is a unique time in your lives,’’ Flair said. “Enjoy it. And while you’re out there, play your hearts out.’’ As the players were leaving the locker room, Flair let out a big “Wooooo.’’
Flair, who lives in North Carolina, was on vacation in Clearwater and was asked by WWE executive John Laurinaitis to address the team. Laurinaitis’ son, Zack, plays for Countryside.
Alas, Flair’s pep talk didn’t do any good. The Cougars lost 46-10.
This year’s version will not be played at Al Lang Stadium, but will still feature two St. Petersburg public schools. Northeast will play at Lakewood on Thursday in what could also be named the “Transfer Cup.’’
Just prior to the start of the season, quarterback Ryan Davis, along with teammates Sekendric Biddines, Terrion Davis, Donterio Fowler, Chris Jackson and James Swain transferred from Northeast to Lakewood. Northeast has struggled mightily, winning only once — against winless Clearwater. Lakewood won a district championship and is 6-3.
“We’re going to play hard just like we always do,’’ Lakewood coach Cory Moore said. “But we also want to make sure we don’t get anybody hurt. We have the playoffs the next week.’’
In a rush
Seminole’s Ra’Quanne Dickens rushed for 100 yards in a win against Clearwater, giving him more than 1,450 for the season to set the school record. He also scored three touchdowns against the Tornadoes.
“We’re never going to get name recognition. We’re Pinellas Park. That’s what people think, ‘Oh, they’re just Pinellas Park.’ It’s the same thing every year. We’re not supposed to beat anybody.’’ — Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford, whose team is 8-1 and qualified for the playoffs a third straight season.