SEMINOLE — Clearwater's fourth-quarter passing attack proved too much for Osceola on Friday night as the Tornadoes came from behind in a 28-18 victory.
The Warriors led most of the game, employing a team of running backs that included contributions of 76 yards each from seniors Cody Lighthiser and Jordan Ramsey. Ramsey rushed for two touchdowns, one for 57 yards, and blocked a punt in the second quarter.
Trailing 21-18 with six minutes remaining, Clearwater quarterback Rob Yarbrough worked out of the shotgun.
"They tried to stack the middle on us so they had a lot of people up front, and that started opening up lanes downfield," Tornadoes coach Tom Bostic said.
Wideouts Branden Leston, who had five catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Devijion Smith physically outmatched the Osceola secondary as the Tornadoes connected on all but one pass on the drive. Junior running back Mike Jerrido punched it in from the 1 yard line to give Clearwater its first lead of the half.
Osceola got the ball back less than three minutes left but Tirrence Cason grabbed an interception at the Warriors' 35. Jerrido scored once more for his third touchdown.
Rob Bibelhauser, Times correspondent