ST. PETERSBURG — Once Countryside decided to follow its big men, it coasted to a 21-7 victory.
Despite having an offensive line that averages close to 275 pounds, the Cougars ran 12 times vs. seven pass attempts. Though a 14-yard run by Terry Johnson produced a first-quarter score, the Cougars only led 7-0 at halftime.
But in the second half, Countryside returned to its pound-the-ball approach, gaining 125 of its 206 rushing yards. On the Cougars' first possession, Johnson ran the ball twice, Diomi Roberts rushed five times and Ryan Yates had three touches as they drove 65 yards to take a 14-0 lead on Roberts' 8-yard run.
"We just talked about getting back to Cougar Ball," said Roberts, who finished with 88 yards. "We knew we had to take advantage of our size up front, and we focused on running it downfield. Using our line is going to be key to our success this season."
Chris Girandola, Times correspondent