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Meaningless games? Not so fast

By BOB PUTNAM

Times Staff Writer

The football regular season wraps up tonight, but there are no district games and playoff berths have been determined. But these teams still have things to play for.

Playoff teams

Tarpon Springs has secured a playoff spot for the fourth time in the past five seasons and is guaranteed at least one home game in the postseason. So what is left for the Spongers to accomplish in tonight's regular-season finale against Clearwater? A lot. Tarpon can match last season's record with a win and has a chance to finish with two 1,000-yard rushers (Adrian Golden, Darius Daniels). Here are other playoff teams with something at stake.

1. Largo (7-2): The Packers have not lost more than two games in the regular season since 2004.

2. St. Petersburg (8-1): The Green Devils can finish with the second-best regular-season record in school history with a win.

3. Gibbs (6-3): The Gladiators have bounced back from an 0-3 start to win six straight and want to keep that going.

Nonplayoff teams

There is nothing anyone can say to make Pinellas Park feel better about the way the season has ended. It's no use noting the Patriots started 3-1 to help turn around a moribund program. Pinellas Park lost its last two games to fall out of playoff contention. So what do the Patriots have to play for? A lot. With a win, Pinellas Park will match its victory total from the past five seasons combined. Here are other nonplayoff teams with something to play for.

1. Palm Harbor University (4-5): After dealing with injuries and inexperience, the Hurricanes have battled back to win two straight and can lock up the second-best record in school history.

2. St. Petersburg Catholic (5-4): The Barons have turned things around and can have their best record since 2005.

3. Dixie Hollins (0-9): Sure, the Rebels have struggled. And they play resurgent Pinellas Park. But there should be motivation considering the Rebels have not had a winless season since 1987.

Meaningless games? Not so fast 11/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:23pm]

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