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Football: Tarpon Springs 56, Clearwater 8

TARPON SPRINGS — Tarpon Springs wide receiver Dondre Daley accounted for five of the Spongers' eight touchdowns to help his team cruise to a 56-8 victory against Clearwater.

Tarpon took a 7-0 lead on Louis Pappas' 11-yard swing pass to Daley, then the Spongers blocked a punt on the Tornadoes' next possession and Daley caught a pass for a 10-yard score.

"Defense was my point of emphasis going into this year," Tarpon coach Atif Austin said. "We're young, but the guys fly around on defense."

Daley wasn't done. In the second quarter, Pappas threw a backward pass to Daley, who tossed it 24 yards across the field to Kenny Blanch for an easy touchdown and a 28-0 lead.

Pappas was 11-of-15 for 184 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Basil Spyridakos, Times correspondent

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Football: Tarpon Springs 56, Clearwater 8 09/09/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 11:51pm]
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