PINELLAS PARK — After banging heads for two quarters with some strong physical play, Dunedin and Pinellas Park finally put together a scoring drive apiece in the fourth quarter to finish Friday night stalemated at 6-6 in their preseason classic.
While the junior varsity squads provided most of the excitement — Pinellas Park led 34-6 after one quarter before the varsity took over — coaches Max Smith and Kenny Crawford were pleased their big boys gutted out a hard-hitting tie.
Tramaine Batten scored from 2 yards with five minutes left to make it 6-0, and the Patriots answered on a Taron Williams to Brandon Jones pass with 34 seconds left. Both extra point kicks were unsuccessful.
Running back Tahrelle Mosley led the Patriots with 80 yards on 16 carries.
Dunedin's three-headed attack of Batten, Shaquille Dixon and Stancio Howard moved the ball, but in little chunks, unable to break any big plays but combining for 100 yards.
Dunedin's defense, led by interceptions from Austin Ladd and Jordan Williams, held Pinellas Park without a completion until the last two plays of the game, the last one the tying touchdown pass.
St. Petersburg Catholic 64, Bishop McLaughlin 0
St. Petersburg Catholic running back Ryan Green had an 85-yard touchdown run on the Barons' first play from scrimmage and the rout was on for the visiting Barons. Green ended with 177 yards rushing on three carries.
He also scored on a 22-yard pass from Jack Sheehan. Jaquan Fuller gained 133 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. Fuller also had a receiving touchdown.
Sheehan was 4-for-4 for 119 yards and two touchdowns. All three Barons players were out of the game by the second quarter.
Community School of Naples 24, Canterbury 14
Host Canterbury led 14-10 at halftime but failed to hold the lead. P.J. Franklin scored both of the Crusaders touchdowns, one on a 25-yard fumble recovery and one on a 6-yard run. Franklin finished with 13 carries for 95 yards.
Palm Bay 38, Northeast 14
The visiting Vikings fumbled the opening kickoff, which turned out to be a sign of things to come. Palm Bay led 28-7 at halftime. The lone bright spot for the Vikings was running back Keith Harrington, who scored a 99-yard touchdown run.
"We got punched in the mouth a little bit," Vikings coach Mike Jalazo said. "But oddly enough, the game wasn't as bad as the score may say. I really liked our kids' effort."
Jalazo added that two defensive starters, C.J. Booth and Wyatt Parker, might be lost for the season with injuries.
Calvary Christian 35, Windermere Prep 0
The Mark Everett era began with a resounding win as the host Warriors jumped to a 28-0 lead at the half and cruised to a preseason win.
But it was bittersweet. Everett was unable to attend because his father died this week.
"I'm in Pennsylvania and was waiting for the call from my coaches to see how we did," Everett said. "It was a great start for us and I can't wait to come back and see the film."
Allen Barnes, who will take over at quarterback, threw a touchdown pass and ran a punt return back for another score. In the second half, Calvary was able to play most of its backups.
Everett, who coached at Dunedin from 1999-2009, took over as coach in June. He was the Warriors' offensive coordinator last season.
Seffner Christian 28, Northside Christian 7
At Brandon High, Crusaders senior quarterback Skylar Clark — an Armwood transfer — ran for 105 yards on eight carries to help spoil the preseason debut of Mustangs coach Mike Alstott. Seffner Christian junior cornerback Robbie Shell had two touchdowns including a 40-yarder on a fumble return.
Times staff writers Rodney Page, Joey Knight and Bob Putnam contributed to this report.