ST. PETERSBURG — A three-touchdown performance by Diomi Roberts propelled Countryside to a 37-6 victory over host Northeast on Thursday night.
The Cougars (6-0) opened a 21-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a Roberts 3-yard score and 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Marrieo Taylor. Joe Ganci also found the end zone after he received a short pass from Gray Crow and took it 60 yards down field.
In the third quarter, the Vikings (2-4) and Cougars had back-to-back one-play drives for touchdowns. After Roberts ran 49 yards to give Countryside a 35-0 lead, Keith Harrington took the handoff 75 yards to finally get Northeast on the scoreboard. Harrington finished with 165 yards on five carries, the majority of which came on two long runs.
Countryside's defense was extremely tough, holding the Vikings to just 271 total yards with excellent tackling.
Countryside coach Jared Davis said the team emphasized good tackling during the week.
"We want to make a name with our tackling ability," Davis said.
Equally impressive was Roberts, who carried the ball 10 times for 119 yards. The senior was very quick, hitting the openings his offensive line created.
"He's a tremendous running back," Davis said. "He has a combination of speed, vision and acceleration. He's a big difference maker."