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Fri. September 18, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

CLEARWATER -- When the Clearwater football team opened the regular season by beating Seminole, few people took notice. When the Tornadoes followed that with a win over Osceola, they still weren’t registering on anyone’s radar.

But after beating Northeast on Thursday, Clearwater officially has our attention.

“I hope that takes us up another notch,” longtime Tornadoes coach Tom Bostic said.

Thursday’s 9-7 win is the program’s biggest in at least a few seasons. Last year, Clearwater was 2-8. In 2007, it was 5-5.

“I think it’s a big one,” Bostic said. “Just for the fact it makes us 3-0 and that it came against good competition. It has to (boost the team’s confidence). They know they can play with other teams now.”

There have been two big keys to Clearwater’s success:

1. The offensive line, led by OT Michael Barber, is getting it done: “They’re doing a great job for us,” Bostic said. “They’ve been aggressive, and have been getting better and better each week.”

2. The defense allowed only 203 yards to Northeast and has given up just 21 total points this season. That group is led by all-everything LB Jeremiah George and another LB, Nick Chattaway: “We played very physical football last night,” Bostic said.

Some might be shocked with Clearwater’s start.

Bostic isn’t.

“I,” he said, “have felt good about this team since last spring.”

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