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Pinellas: Friday night rewind

Keep the chains moving Gibbs quarterback Josh Rembert, second from right, completes a pass for a first down during the Gladiators’ 14-point third quarter against Lakewood. Rembert was 20-for-25 for 165 yards in the 14-9 win.


Keep the chains moving Gibbs quarterback Josh Rembert, second from right, completes a pass for a first down during the Gladiators’ 14-point third quarter against Lakewood. Rembert was 20-for-25 for 165 yards in the 14-9 win.

The opening week always inspires optimism and a sense of boundless possibility. St. Petersburg has high hopes after knocking off neighborhood rival Northeast. Seminole is downright giddy after ending an 11-game losing streak that dated to 2006 by beating Clearwater. Tarpon Springs has visions of footballs flying through the air all year after throwing for more than 300 yards against Palm Harbor University. And Largo dreams of another playoff run after shutting out East Lake. Here is the breakdown of Week 1:

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1. Largo

The Packers opened with another shutout, 12-0 over East Lake, and another strong rushing performance. Because of that, it appears Largo is headed for another big season.

2. Dunedin

The Falcons never really got their running game on track, but they made enough plays to get past Boca Ciega 14-9. And that is enough for Dunedin to stay at No. 2.

3. Gibbs

The Gladiators blocked a punt and recovered five fumbles Friday. That was enough to hold off neighborhood rival Lakewood 14-9.

4. Countryside

The Cougars' no-huddle showed no mercy with 310 yards on the ground in a 19-8 win over Pinellas Park.

5. Clearwater Central Catholic

The Marauders' defense held Miami Bay Point to 124 total yards and recovered three fumbles in a 19-0 win.

6. Tarpon Springs

The Spongers had more than 400 yards of offense, including 343 yards passing in a 36-13 over rival PHU.

7. St. Petersburg

The Green Devils knocked off Northeast for the first time in three seasons, winning 34-7.

Offensive player of the week

Danny Reyes, Tarpon Springs, QB

Somewhere inside the mind of every quarterback, there's an 18-for-28 night. And for a showcase, there is a brightly lit stadium with college scouts to watch.

That's where the fantasy usually stays — inside — because few ever have nights like this.

But Reyes had one of those mythical games against Palm Harbor U. He threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Spongers to a 36-13 victory.

Defensive player of the week

Ryan Harbour, Canterbury, DE

Just a freshman, Harbour helped Canterbury, which benefitted from five turnovers, pitch a 47-0 shutout in its win over Miami Northwest Christian Academy. From his defensive end position, Harbour recovered an Eagles fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. Harbour, in his first regular-season game on varsity, also had a team-high five tackles and a sack.

Notable performances

Bobby Vavlas

Tarpon Springs, WR

Five receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Drew Kier

Tarpon Springs, WR

A team-high seven receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. Dawrence Roberts

Countryside, RB

Toted the ball 23 times for 185 yards and added a 5-yard touchdown catch. Andrew Speake

Northside Chr., RB

75-yard touchdown grab for Northside's only score and finished with four catches, 157 yards. Ben Sams

St. Petersburg, RB

Broke the century mark with 122 yards on 22 carries. Stevie Murph

St. Petersburg, RB

Rushed for two touchdowns and gained 65 yards on nine carries. Joe Lamoureux

Seminole, K

38-yard first-quarter field goal ended the Warhawks' 11-game losing streak.

Pinellas: Friday night rewind 09/06/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 8:10am]
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