PINELLAS PARK — The Patriots had a homecoming to remember, overcoming an early 14-point deficit to top Dixie Hollins, 32-17.
Pinellas Park QB Brandon Hames quickly led a first-half comeback from a 14-0 deficit, running for a 46-yard TD and throwing for another to bring the Patriots within 17-12 at halftime.
Hames, who was 12-of-16 for 168 yards, gave Pinellas Park (2-1) the lead for good in the second half, completing a 16-yard TD to Iman Smith. He later added a 15-yard score to Tahrelle Mosley.
Patriots coach Kenny Crawford said he was confident his team could handle the Rebels' potent offense.
"We thought we matched up well," Crawford said. "They play a spread offense, and we've got some pretty good cover guys." Pinellas Park intercepted Dana Harrington three times.
Anthony Salveggi, Times correspondent