Times’ super 7
1. East Lake (6-0, 2-0): Opponents got to relax Friday with the Eagles and their high-powered offense (46 points per game) on a bye to get ready for a stretch run of important Class 7A, District 9 games.
2. Largo (5-1, 1-0): Packers coach Rick Rodriguez said he purposely scheduled the bye in Week 7 to have more time for his team to prepare for a huge Class 6A, District 7 game at Venice.
3. Clearwater Central Catholic (5-1, 2-0): The bye week came at an opportune time as the Marauders were able to heal from injuries before closing out their Class 3A, District 5 schedule.
4. Pinellas Park (6-0, 2-0): After a week off, the Patriots return to play winless Clearwater before a pair of 7A-9 games against East Lake and Countryside that will determine Pinellas Park’s postseason fate.
5. Countryside (5-1, 3-0): Balanced offense was on display as the Cougars beat Tarpon Springs 35-3 for their third straight win in this series.
6. Lakewood (4-2, 2-0): With an offense still trying to find some rhythm, the Spartans used the bye week to fine tune things to gear up for what likely will be playoff berth in 5A-8.
7. St. Petersburg (5-1, 1-0): The Green Devils continue to impress, beating Seminole 35-7 for their third straight victory to surpass last year’s win total.
Top five performers
1. Dante Satcher, Countryside: There were several stars in a Cougars’ offense that squeezed everything it could out of each skill player. Tight end Zack Laurinaitis had five catches for 119 yards. Running back Michael Johnson rushed for 104 yards on eight carries. But Satcher did the most with his carries, rushing for three touchdowns to go along with 71 rushing yards in a win over Tarpon Springs.
2. Zeke McGaughy, Indian Rocks Christian: The Golden Eagles pounded Canterbury (5-2), with McGaughy running right through the Crusaders for 186 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
3. Dalton Collins, Admiral Farragut: The dual-threat quarterback did most of the damage with his feet, rushing for 173 yards and scoring four touchdowns on the ground in a 41-20 victory over Lake Highland Prep.
4. Jhon Williams, Northside Christian: The pass rusher had his best game of the season, recording four sacks, seven solo tackles, a forced fumble and scoring a touchdown in a 33-10 victory over Bradenton Christian.
5. De’Angelo Reeves, St. Petersburg: Reeves scored three straight touchdowns in the second and third quarters against Seminole, including runs of 40 and 45 yards. Overall, he had 11 carries for 168 yards.
Largo and St. Petersburg will find out just how good they are this week. Largo travels to Venice for a 6A-7 game that will likely determine the district championship. The Indians are 6-1 with their lone loss coming against nationally ranked Bradenton Manatee.
Speaking of the Hurricanes, that’s who the Green Devils host in an 8A-7 game with first place on the line. Manatee is 7-0 and has scored 35 or more points in every game. St. Petersburg has won three straight, but not against a team the caliber of Manatee.
Both teams certainly have their hands full.
Another important district game looms in 7A-9 with Countryside hosting East Lake. The state-ranked Eagles are off to their best start in school history but are trying to beat the Cougars for the first time since 2007.
Making a point: There was reason for Northeast to celebrate when Darius Lacy hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jeff D’Alvia late in the fourth quarter of a 28-7 loss to Osceola. It marked the first time the Vikings have scored this season, snapping a streak of five straight games without a point.
Taking it easy: It was a light schedule this week with six of the county’s 16 public school teams taking their bye week, including four who are ranked in the super seven. That scheduling quirk was by design. In the past, teams that figured to be a lock for postseason took their bye week at the end of the regular season to allow more time to prepare for the playoffs. Now, most teams have decided to take a week off near the midpoint of the season to allow injuries to heal and to prepare for district games that could determine playoff positions.
“Is there a control-alt-delete button?,’’ Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks, at halftime of his team’s game against Gibbs. The Rebels trailed 40-7 at the half and lost 54-19.
By the numbers
3 Points Countryside has allowed in its past three games.
5 Interceptions this season by Tarpon Springs’ Maurice Turner, who leads the county and is tied for the state lead.
8 Rushing touchdowns by Palm Harbor University quarterback Tyler Kaminski this season.
10 Countryside players who either had a passing attempt, a carry or a reception against Tarpon Springs.
100 Combined points Gibbs has scored in wins against Clearwater and Dixie Hollins.