Griffin Alstott, Northside Christian
Somewhere inside the mind of the quarterback is a perfect night, when there is plenty of time to find the right receiver and when every decision is correct. For a showcase, the game would come against a rival with a playoff berth on the line.
That scenario played out for Alstott last week. The senior threw for 317 yards and five touchdowns — both career highs — in a 47-0 win over Indian Rocks Christian that clinched a playoff spot in Class 2A, District 6 for the Mustangs.
Alstott completed 17 of his 24 passes. Five of those completions were on a 99-yard drive.
For good measure, he added a rushing touchdown.
"I can't say that I've ever had a game like that before," Alstott said. "That's the kind you're always hoping for. We just had everything working in all three phases of the game."
Alstott has put up big numbers in his three seasons as a starter. But not like this, especially in a game of this magnitude.
The Mustangs are 6-1 and have won four straight. The loss was to undefeated Lakeland Victory Christian by five points.
"We had a lot of players who were out (against Victory Christian)," Alstott said. "Some others stepped up and we learned a lot about ourselves after that. We've played really well ever since."
On Oct. 28, Northside Christian plays at Admiral Farragut to determine the district champion and runnerup. The Mustangs lost to their rival last year and were eliminated by Cambridge Christian in the first round of the playoffs.
"That's a game we really want because we lost last year and know it's for a district title and a home game in the playoffs," Alstott said. "Hopefully, we can have another big performance."
Meredith Kiernan, St. Petersburg
Kiernan, a sophomore, had been playing decent golf all season. But she saved her best round for when it mattered.
She shot 2-over 74 at Seminole Lake Golf Club in the Class 3A, District 12 tournament to help the Green Devils win the team championship and advance to the region tournament.
Her score was the low round of the tournament and six shots better than her previous best score.
"Towards the end of the season I've been playing a lot better," Kiernan said. "I think more than anything it's being more consistent. I've been hitting more greens. And then everything just sort of happened at once at districts."
Kiernan said she did not pick up the game until she was 12 years old. Her family has a membership at St. Petersburg Country Club. Once she discovered the sport, she began practicing more.
She is now one of the top three golfers on St. Petersburg's competitive team. While she has improved all parts of her game, she said there is one aspect in particular that has been good lately.
"It changes, but probably right now it's putting," she said. "I'm not a long hitter, so I rely on my short game. When that's going well than I'm shooting well."