When the Florida High School Athletic Association realigned classifications and districts this offseason, Pinellas football teams engaged in some wishful thinking. Maybe they could show off the talent in the county and knock off some traditional powers in the rest of the area. On Friday night, it happened. Of the seven Pinellas public schools playing in the region quarterfinals, five won. That's a far different scenario from last season, when only two made it to the second round — Largo and St. Petersburg. And both played each other in the region semifinals. Now Countryside, Lakewood, Largo, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs are moving on.
Juwan Brown, Largo: Dual-threat quarterback had 126 yards and two touchdown passes and ran for another 41 yards.
Josh Burch, Admiral Farragut: Perfect 6-of-6 passing for 109 yards to go with 115 yards and a rushing touchdown in a loss to Out-of-Door.
Adrian Golden, Tarpon Springs: Had touchdown runs of 70 and 54 yards in a rout of Lake Weir. Scored four times and rushed for more than 15 yards a carry to gain 138 total.
Toddrick Macon, Admiral Farragut: His 53-yard punt return for a touchdown put the Blue Jackets ahead 14-7 in the second quarter.
Ben Sams, St. Petersburg: Opened St. Petersburg's scoring with a 10-yard first-quarter run. Finished with 135 yards on 16 carries.
Alton Taylor, Countryside: Put the Cougars on his back in a 17-7 win over Freedom. Gained 235 yards on 33 carries and scored the clinching touchdown with 1:14 left.
Defensive player of the week
Calvin Robinson, St. Petersburg: With the Green Devils clinging to a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter against Venice, Robinson, a junior defensive back, stepped in front of a Trey Burton pass and returned it 26 yards for a score.
Offensive player of the week
Bernard Reedy, Lakewood: Reedy found the end zone three times and had 180 yards rushing. The senior's 79-yard touchdown reception broke a 22-all tie in the third quarter, and his 3-yard scoring run in the fourth sealed the Spartans' first playoff win since 2002.