PALM HARBOR — The question wasn't whether Palm Harbor University could bounce back from a devastating one-point loss to East Lake a week ago. The real question was: Could the Hurricanes handle another game-deciding extra point?
This time, PHU was on the other side.
Pinellas Park sailed an extra point wide left Friday, allowing PHU (6-4) to conclude its regular season with a 14-13 upset.
"This team's going to give me a heart attack," PHU coach Matt Lepain said.
On the second play of the game, PHU quarterback Billy Pavlock received a toss sweep out of the tailback position and launched it to a wide-open Hunter Beam, who raced 63 yards for the touchdown.
Pinellas Park's Tahrelle Mosley and PHU's Ryan Myers exchanged long touchdown runs, ending the first quarter 14-7.
The Patriots had chances to tie but the Hurricanes' defense emerged for the occasion.
"(The defense) finally came out into a game and didn't fold and they just went out and played," Lepain said. "This defense is starting to finally realize that they're pretty good."
In the second quarter, Pinellas Park (7-3) threatened inside the 10 until Tyler Modlin forced a sack, followed by a Pavlock interception. PHU also forced a fumble.
"Defense carried it for us," Pavlock said. "We knew (Pinellas Park) was going to be physical, and we were ready."
Pinellas Park scored midway through the fourth quarter on a 1-yard sneak from Brandon Hames, then the extra point was missed.