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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

Ah, November, when the weather turns cooler and the playoffs draw near. The regular season ended this weekend with some teams that didn't make the postseason finishing on a positive note, such as Boca Ciega and Pinellas Park. Both teams reached .500 and are bowl eligible. Other playoff-bound teams continued to gain momentum heading into their first-round games. The recap from Week 11:

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1. Countryside (9-1): The Cougars had the week off to get ready for their first-round playoff matchup with Freedom.

2. St. Petersburg (9-1): For the fourth straight week, the Green Devils scored more than 40 points and appear ready for the postseason.

3. Lakewood (8-2): The Spartans keep the momentum going by exacting revenge against Northeast in the season finale.

4. Tarpon Springs (8-2): The Spongers worked on their passing game against Clearwater and may have more balance now.

5. Largo (8-2): The Packers maintain their dominance at home, routing Palm Harbor University in a tuneup for the playoffs.

6. East Lake (7-3): The Eagles get a confidence boost by knocking off playoff-bound Nature Coast on the road.

7. Gibbs (6-4): The Gladiators had their six-game win streak snapped with a one-point loss to rival Boca Ciega.

Weekly notables

Juwan Brown, Largo: 7-of-7 passing and had three touchdown tosses in a momentum-building win for the Packers heading into the playoffs.

Chris Culbreth, Northside Christian: Found the end zone four times and gained 197 yards rushing as the Mustangs rolled up 285 total on the ground to blow out Calvary Christian.

Brian Lockwood, Largo: Averaged more than 14 yards a carry to rush for 171 yards — 158 in the second half — and a score.

Josh Rembert, Gibbs: Had touchdown passes of 47 and 50 yards, and threw for 255 total in a one-point loss to Boca Ciega.

Ben Sams/Malik Wilson, St. Petersburg: The backfield duo combined for 160 yards and four touchdowns (two each).

Brandon Vazquez, East Lake: Scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lead the Eagles' comeback against Nature Coast.

Wyatt Wikle, Tarpon Springs: Threw second-half touchdowns of 85 and 64 yards to help the Spongers reach 40 points for the fourth time this season.

Cedric Williams, Dixie Hollins: Gained 180 yards on 21 carries and scored three times, including a 45-yarder that put the Rebels ahead at halftime.

DeJuan Wright, Keswick Christian: Almost single-handily brought the Crusaders back from 14 points down against Shorecrest, returning a kickoff 83 yards for a score and running 44 yards for another.

Offensive player of the week

Myrick Gwyn, Largo: Was instant offense against Palm Harbor University, touching the ball eight times and producing four scores. The senior had the Packers' first four touchdowns — two rushing, two receiving — and gained 131 yards.

Defensive player of the week

Emmerson Clarke, Boca Ciega: Scooped up a fumble deep in Pirates' territory and outraced the Gibbs offense 88 yards for the decisive score in a one-point victory.

Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback 11/14/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 14, 2009 9:40pm]

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