CLEARWATER — Clearwater (7-3) finished the season Friday with its best record since 1999.
Clearwater led 13-0 after the first quarter thanks to two touchdown runs by quarterback Ryan Hagen. Tarpon Springs followed with 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take the lead. Louis Pappas accounted for all three touchdowns, running for two and throwing a 22-yard touchdown to Revelle Gavin. Clearwater responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by Bennie Niles right before the end of the half.
Clearwater scored three passing touchdowns in the second half from Hagen to Jon Hogan to break the game open. Hagen completed 10-of-16 for 221 yards.
"This is the best we've done in a long time," Clearwater coach Tom Bostic said. "This team has worked their butts off and deserves a bowl game."
Colby Cole, Times correspondent