CLEARWATER — The Tornadoes played a physical brand of ball Friday, with Bennie Niles leading the charge with 20 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown.
"We showed a bit of a different side tonight. We were able to drive the ball," said Clearwater coach Tom Bostic.
Clearwater (6-3, 2-2) conducted a time-consuming drive in the second quarter, capped by a 12-yard Ryan Hagen touchdown run.
PHU (3-6, 0-4) mishandled the ensuing kickoff for a safety. Hagen connected with Sam Moore for a 20-yard gain followed by Niles punching it in from 6 yards for a 16-0 lead at the half.
The Hurricanes assembled a nice drive to begin the third quarter that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Kenny Blanch. But the Tornadoes put the game away with a 26-yard fingertip touchdown grab by Francisco Castro.
Basil Spyridakos, Times correspondent