ST. PETERSBURG — It was a game that was fast and furious, featuring the county's leading scorers, Lakewood's Bernard Reedy and Countryside's Alton Taylor.
Reedy was better equipped for the quick-hitting stuff. With spectacular bursts of speed and moves that are at times so unbelievable they belong in a video game, Reedy left his pursuers behind.
For a while his performance Friday was matched by Taylor, a grinder who gained tough yards between the tackles.
Each ran for more than 100 yards and scored once on the ground in a nondistrict game that saw a barrage of big plays and left both defenses wobbly.
In the end, it was Reedy who shined the brightest with 106 yards rushing, 69 receiving and a 96-yard kickoff return to lead the Spartans to a 31-20 victory.
"All week everybody was trying to compare me to the Countryside running back because we both had a lot of touchdowns," Reedy said. "I feel like I have to step up whenever I'm being compared to someone."
On Lakewood's opening possession, Reedy stepped up, hauling in a 34-yard reception to set up the game's first score, a 20-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jermiel Douse to put the Spartans ahead 7-0.
Countryside (4-1) countered with a 15-yard pass from Jimbo Chmelik to Todd Shorter to tie the score.
Then Lakewood (4-1) poured it on.
The Spartans scored 17 straight points on a 21-yard field goal by Max Thuriere, a 16-yard pass from Douse to TJ Perry and a 17-yard run by Reedy to go ahead 24-7 at the half.
Behind a balanced attack, the Cougars rallied on their opening possession of the second half, scoring on a 2-yard pass from Chmelik to Shorter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Countryside decided to kick off to Reedy and he made them pay. Fielding the ball at the 4, Reedy initially seemed trapped by a cluster of defenders. But he wiggled out of their reach, leaving a trail of disbelieving players and fans on his way to a 96-yard touchdown to make it 31-20.
"I was surprised Countryside kicked the ball to (Reedy)," Lakewood coach Cory Moore said. "Bernard is slippery. He can make things happen."
The Cougars scored once more on a 4-yard run by Taylor, but they couldn't get any closer.
"Lakewood just beat us," Countryside coach John Davis said. "We knew they were fast, but they were more physical. We basically got manhandled out there."
St. Petersburg Catholic 48, Strawberry Crest 7: The Barons had little trouble disposing of the Chargers in a Class 2A, District 5 game.
Ryan Green, filling in for the injured Keelyan Bryant at running back, rushed for three touchdowns and had one receiving for SPC (4-1, 2-0). Jaquel Cooper also had a big game for the Barons with two touchdown receptions and one throwing.
On defense, Mike Yanchunis had three sacks and several tackles for loss.