ST. PETERSBURG — Clearwater prevailed in a contest featuring sloppy play by both teams, who combined to fumble 12 times (though only three were lost).
The Tornadoes took advantage of Rebels miscues, scoring 21 points off turnovers. Jeremiah George and Charles Lomas had interception returns for touchdowns in the first half. Sam Moore recovered a fumble at the 2 yard-line on a muffed punt which set up a touchdown run by Carlos Mobley as Clearwater led 28-7 at halftime.
George extended that lead to 35-7 early in the fourth quarter by returning a punt 44 yards for a score. Clearwater gained just 201 yards but held Dixie Hollins to 131.
Dixie took advantage of mistakes too, capitalizing on a blocked punt to score its lone touchdown on 3-yard run by Cameron Williams. Brandon Knapp had an interception, and Johnny Keooudom recovered a fumble for the Rebels.
Colby Cole, Times Correspondent