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Fri. May 16, 2014 | Joseph Kornecki III

At Inverness

Countryside 28, Citrus 20

Spring game-breakers: Countryside ran the ball efficiently and displayed a solid passing game, while playing physical defense. The Cougars forced three fumbles, converting two into touchdowns. …Countryside quarterback Trent Chmelik had three touchdown passes and ran for a score. Trailing 13-7 after quarterback Desmond Franklin ran right through the  Cougars’ defense for a 65-yard touchdown gallop in the second  quarter, Countryside reeled off 21 unanswered points to take a 28-13 lead in the third quarter. In that span, Chmelik hit an open Chris  Ryan (two TD receptions) for an 18-yard touchdown strike off a rollout. Just before the half, Chmelik connected with a leaping  Slyvester Kimbrough for an 8-yard touchdown. Both of the  touchdowns before the half were set up by Citrus fumbles. …The Cougars were exposed in the passing game at times, as Citrus receiver Sam Franklin had four receptions for 131 yards and a 30-yard  touchdown catch.

Did you know? Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford made the trip from Pinellas County to watch his rival play.

Audible 1: “A lot of the guys I expected to make plays did. I’m proud of the kids for playing hard and physical. The quarterback did a good job finding open receivers, and the receivers did a good job competing for the ball in the air, and the backs ran hard and physical.” — Eric Schmitz, first-year Countryside coach 

Audible 2: “We showed what we could do with a lot of guys out.” — Chmelik

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