PALM HARBOR — PHU coach Matt LePain wore two band-aids after head-butting his players before the game. The Hurricanes got the message and jumped to a 10-point first-quarter lead en route to a 26-14 victory.
"I haven't had these in a while," LePain said of his wounds. "I was so pumped, and the kids fed off of it."
PHU forged a six-play drive that led to a Logan Ruby field goal, and two plays after recovering a fumble, PHU scored on quarterback Billy Pavlock's 20-yard TD run.
Ryan Myers led PHU with 118 yards on 22 carries while Pavlock threw for 97 yards, ran for 60 and accounted for three touchdowns.
Clearwater's Robert Yarbough ran for 69 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 166 yards and a TD.
"(Yarbrough) has developed a lot and is a tough kid," Tornadoes coach Tom Bostic said.
Nathan Cowan, Times correspondent