SEMINOLE — Clearwater secured its first win of the season on Friday and Nick Gimbrone proved he is one to watch.
The Warriors (0-2) tried every angle to score, earning nine first downs in a scoreless first half. Osceola came close with 52 seconds left in the half, but Edwin McKinney's 30-yard TD run was called back on a holding penalty.
Quarterback Dylan Lantz went 6-of-16 for 97 yards, but couldn't translate big plays into a trip to the end zone.
The Tornadoes (1-1) started the third quarter with a bang. Tarrence Jackson ran the kickoff return back for a 95-yard touchdown. Gimbrone shined on special teams when a fake extra-point attempt turned into an 18-yard pass to Rob Kazanowski; the successful two-point conversion made it 8-0 Clearwater. Gimbrone also punts and landed a 60-yarder in the fourth quarter on the 1-yard line, leaving Osceola without much hope for a comeback.
Amanda Smith, Times correspondent