PINELLAS PARK — The Pinellas Park defense turned in a stellar performance Friday night.
The Patriots forced five turnovers, and Rashaan Watson recorded two interceptions after a sluggish start as the Patriots scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to 35-0 win over Boca Ciega.
The Patriots struck first on Donte Maxson's 4-yard touchdown run. Kel-El Williams followed with a 3-yard run to put the Patriots up 14-0. Late in the second quarter, Pierre Johnson's 5-yard run elevated the score to 21-0.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Patriots continued to play smash-mouth football with their brutal running attack. Alonzo McCray ran 12 yards for a touchdown to put the Patriots up 28-0 early in the fourth.
The Patriots added one more score, a 6-yard run by Marco Perez.
"The team stayed together after a sluggish start and also we grinded it out and played physical football," coach Kenny Crawford said. "Any time defense creates turnovers we feel like we can win games".
Phillip Haywood, Times correspondent