ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg needed just 28 plays, only seven in the second half, to run by Northeast 25-8 and clinch the Class 5A-9 title.
Northeast (5-4, 2-2) outgained the Green Devils 244-169, but two fumbles led to 14 easy points for St Petersburg (8-0, 3-0).
After driving 75 yards in 11 minutes, the Vikings' Dominique Ellis lost the ball at the Green Devils' 5-yard line. Tyler Pici returned the fumble 90 yards, nearly scoring before being dragged down by Tavares Dunlap. Two plays later, Calvin Robinson scored his second touchdown to put St. Petersburg up 25-0 with 10 minutes to play.
Northeast got on the board in the fourth on a 7-yard run by Dunlap.
"The No. 1 goal for us every year is to get into the playoffs," said St. Petersburg coach Joe Fabrizio. "We're excited. The kids played well tonight."
Max Martinez, Times correspondent