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Spring football: Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14

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Fri. May 23, 2014 | Bob Putnam | Email

Spring football: Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14

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Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14

Spring game-breakers: Marcus Paschal’s debut as Packers coach was a successful one as the offense showed off high-octane passing to score on its first three possessions and build a 20-0 first-quarter lead. …Largo quarterback Donavan Hale, who split time this spring with football and his travel basketball team, showed no signs of rust, finishing 16-of-23 for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a 2-yard run. …Hale’s favorite target was Jonathan Crawford, who had seven catches for 120 yards and two scores. …The Packers’ D’terio Petitie provided some pop in the running game with 99 yards, including an 80-yard run for a touchdown on his second carry of the game. …PHU’s bright spot was Steve Charron, a bruising running back who finished with 98 yards on the ground and scored on a 14-yard run in the first half.

Did you know? PHU quarterback Brandon Swift was unable to play because of a shoulder injury. Swift’s backup, Cameron Mouton, was injured after he was sacked in the first quarter by Petite and did not return. That forced the Hurricanes to rely almost exclusively on the running game. …Largo was playing without running back John Clark (disciplinary reasons) and receiver Reggie Campbell (academically ineligible). …The lights worked only on one side of the field, forcing both teams to play on the side with lights in the second half. …The junior varsity squads played in the fourth quarter (PHU’s tagged on the other touchdown).

Audible 1:  “I knew what we had. I just wanted to see us pay attention to detail. We were vanilla, but the offense played great. This was a strong foundation.” — Paschal

Audible 2: “I felt real comfortable out there. There is a lot more riding on me with the offense, but that’s what I want.” — Hale

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