CLEARWATER — Clearwater (3-2, 1-0) picked up its first district win with a 51-0 victory over Osceola (1-4, 0-2) Thursday night.
It was 7-0 after the first quarter thanks to a 2-yard touchdown run by Azyia Vance on the first drive. Osceola managed to stay in the game during the quarter thanks to defense. Liam Gangemi intercepted a Colin Wray pass to end one Clearwater drive, then forced the Tornadoes to three and out on their next one.
On Clearwater's fourth drive, the Tornadoes started at the Osceola 33 and drove to the 17, settling for a 35-yard field goal from Devin Ortega to go up 10-0.
The game turned around on an interception return by Brandon Gary, giving Clearwater the ball at the Osceola 1. Jair Walker converted to put Clearwater up 17-0.
After early struggles by Wray, backup quarterback Rent Montie entered the game. The sophomore threw two touchdowns, 34 yards to Brannan Demeter and 28 yards to Jarius Williams to put Clearwater up 30-0 at halftime.
Osceola attempted an onside kick to begin the second half at the Clearwater 35 to give the Warriors a positive start. Qwa'shaun Perry put a quick end to that with a 60-yard fumble return that activated the running clock.
Wray re-entered in the third and ended his night on an 18-yard touchdown run. Walker capped scoring on 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Key drive: On Clearwater's opening drive —and starting at its own 38 — an 11-yard run by Marcus Jeter moved the ball to midfield. A 49-yard pass by Wray to Quante Perry moved the ball to the Osceola 2. Vance converted on a 2-yard run on the next play to put Clearwater up 7-0.
Stars of the game: Clearwater's Montie was impressive coming off the bench, completing 5 of 5 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. … Williams made the most of his touches, rushing five times for 28 yards and catching two passes for 58 yards and a 28-yard touchdown. … Perry had two catches for 69 yards.
Stats of the game: Clearwater's defense held Osceola to just 11 yards of total offense, 12 rushing yards and minus-1 passing. The Tornadoes also won the turnover battle 3-1 with two fumble recoveries and one interception.