ST. PETERSBURG — Led by an efficient rushing attack, St. Petersburg rebounded from last week's loss to Countryside and celebrated its homecoming with a 37-14 win over the Lakewood Spartans.
After the Green Devils (7-3) forced a safety on Lakewood's opening drive, QB Keegan Oberholzer hooked up with Jeremy Kerr for a 38-yard catch and run to the end zone.
Later in the first quarter, the Spartans (6-4) took advantage of good field position and put together a five-play drive that ended with QB Tracy Johnson's 3-yard TD run.
St. Petersburg responded with its own five-play drive, capped by David Jones' 8-yard run, giving the home team a 16-6 advantage at halftime.
Jones, who added a 40-yard score in the third quarter, finished with 17 carries for 153 yards.
After a 4-yard TD run by Oberholzer, Lakewood cut the deficit to two scores when Johnson found Javaris Little for a 46-yard TD, bringing the Spartans within 28-14.
The Green Devils ran down the clock by running. After a bad snap to Johnson led to another St. Petersburg safety, running back Corey D'Angelo scored from 1 yard to finish the scoring.
Green Devils coach Joe Fabrizio called D'Angelo the unsung hero of the game, as he was the lead blocker for fellow running backs Maurice Hemingway and Jones, who together racked up 230 yards rushing. For Fabrizio, the running attack was key to victory.
"We had to keep the ball," said Fabrizio. "They (Lakewood) have an explosive offense."
With the loss, the Spartans, who had started 6-0, dropped their final four games of the season.