PINELLAS PARK — Pinellas Park opened district play with a decisive 36-7 victory over Clearwater on Friday night, barely allowing 100 yards of offense and forcing three turnovers.
The Patriots (3-1, 1-0) got the ball first and never looked back. On the first play from scrimmage, running back Garret Nevitt burst through the line for a 61-yard gain to put the Patriots in the red zone. Pierre Johnson scored five plays later on a 9-yard run. Seven Patriots combined for 201 yards rushing.
The Tornadoes (0-3, 0-1) couldn't get anything going on the ground. Quarterback Devijion Smith was the only Clearwater player with positive rushing yards, gaining 54 yards on 12 carries. Smith scored the only Clearwater points a 2-yard keeper with the clock winding down in the fourth.
Max Martinez, Times correspondent