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Football: Osceola 25, Tarpon Springs 22

Osceola at Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — With a lead for all but a few minutes in Friday's game, Osceola upset Tarpon Springs 25-22.

The Warriors were led by backup quarterback Josh Townsend, who started in place of Andrew Matyk. Coach George Palmer said Matyk was sidelined by a "minor injury".

Townsend only needed to throw the ball three times, but did so with great efficiency. He was perfect for 77 yards and two touchdowns, hooking up with Kurt Suominen for both scores.

"Everybody this time of year is going to have a few people banged up," Palmer said. "We try not to make any excuses there, and it really was nice for the kids to prepare well and get the win here."

The rushing attack for both teams were only similar in the resulting touchdowns. Osceola (2-5, 1-2) ran the ball 44 times for 244 yards and two scores, while Tarpon attempted just nine carries for 28 yards and two scores.

Despite a solid effort by Spongers quarterback Louis Pappas, a late interception proved costly.

With their first and only lead of the game late in the fourth quarter, Pappas threw a pick that led to the Warriors' winning touchdown. He finished 30 of 39 for 285 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rushing touchdown.

Down by three and in the two-minute offense, the Spongers (5-3, 1-2) drove the ball effectively across the field into Osceola territory. As the drive stalled, Tarpon opted for a 41-yard field goal instead of going for it on fourth down. The kick from freshman Louis Zervos fell just short, sealing the victory for Osceola.

Both teams will be on the road next week, as Tarpon Springs faces Boca Ciega and Osceola plays at Dixie Hollins.

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Football: Osceola 25, Tarpon Springs 22 10/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:44am]
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