CLEARWATER — Clearwater opened its regular season with a 56-6 victory over Dunedin. It was Clearwater's 11th straight regular-season victory and Dunedin's 25th straight regular-season loss dating to Oct. 10, 2014.
Clearwater dominated the first quarter, outscoring Dunedin 36-0. Errant punt snaps haunted Dunedin: On its second drive, a botched snap gave Clearwater the ball at the Dunedin 1, which it cashed in with a 1-yard run by Jair Walker.
On the next drive, an errant pitch by Jacob Hailey was picked up by Clearwater's Brandon Gary and returned 16 yards for a touchdown to put Clearwater up 21-0. Then an errant punt snap struck again as the ball was snapped over the punter's head into the back of the end zone to put Clearwater up 23-0. A 45-yard run by Brannan Demeter put Clearwater up 30-0. A 25-yard touchdown pass from Colin Wray to Semaj James closed out the first quarter scoring.
Jarius Williams added a second touchdown in the second quarter on a 15-yard run for a 43-6 lead at halftime. The backups took over in the second half as Clearwater coasted.
Key play: On the second play of the game for Dunedin, Torey Castleberry fumbled after a 9-yard loss, which was recovered by Antonio Morris. That set up a 22-yard touchdown run by Williams on the next play, putting Clearwater up 7-0.
Key drive: Dunedin got on the board in the second quarter on nine-play, 76-yard drive, a 26-yard pass by Jacob Hailey to Vernell Clemons setting up a 1-yard plunge by Clemons to cut Clearwater's lead to 36-6.
Stars of the game: Clearwater's Wray had a successful first regular-season start, completing all six of his passes for 88 yards and a 25-yard touchdown pass to James.
Williams had four carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Backup quarterback Rent Monty played well in mopup duty, completing 5 of 6 passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Dunedin was led by Clemons, who caught two passes for 28 yards and also ran for a 1-yard touchdown.
Stats of the game: Clearwater won comfortably despite 14 penalties for 140 yards in the first half. Dunedin lost the turnover battle 4-1, losing three fumbles and throwing an interception.