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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

Super seven

1. St. Petersburg (5-0)

The Green Devils are averaging more than 40 points per game thanks to the county's most devastating rushing attack.

2. Countryside (5-0)

With their mammoth offensive line paving the way, the Cougars avenge last year's loss to Lakewood in a big way, 51-22.

3. East Lake (4-1)

After falling behind, the Eagles outscored Seminole 42-0 in the second and third quarters to win 49-14.

4. Largo (4-1)

The Packers scored on every possession in a 51-35 win vs. Tarpon Springs, the first time that has happened in coach Rick Rodriguez's 34-year coaching career.

5. Lakewood (3-2)

For one half, the Spartans stayed with Countryside. Then came on the onslaught.

6. Palm Harbor U. (3-2)

A fast start is slipping away as the Hurricanes lost for the second straight week to a south county opponent, this time 47-14 to St. Petersburg.

7. Northeast (2-2)

After 48-7 win over Osceola, the Vikings are getting their ground game on track in time for a key stretch of district games.

Knocking on the door: Clearwater Central Catholic (4-1), Clearwater (4-1), Admiral Farragut (5-0)

What we learned

1. Three teams (St. Petersburg, Countryside and Admiral Farragut) could go undefeated in the regular season. They are the top three scoring offenses in the county, and two of the teams (Green Devils, Cougars) have already gotten past at least one stumbling block on the schedule.

2. The county is awash in young talent. Look at the stars from this week. Three sophomores, East Lake's Pete DiNovo, Largo's Juwan Brown and St. Petersburg Catholic's Ryan Green all scored more than two touchdowns. Two freshman, East Lake's Artavis Scott and Largo's Jarvis Stewart, each scored two touchdowns. Green had the biggest night, rushing for 271 yards and scoring five times in a 45-44 loss.

3. Gibbs is hard to figure out. It appeared the Gladiators had turned the corner after rallying to hand Palm Harbor University its first loss of the season two weeks ago. Then Gibbs lets a 12-point fourth-quarter lead slip away to become a 22-19 loss to previously winless Dunedin this week. So who knows what team will show up against city rival St. Petersburg.

Defensive player of the week

DB Trevonte Anderson, Dunedin: With his team needing a big play to get back in the game, Anderson provided it by intercepting a pass and returning it to Gibbs' 15-yard line in the fourth quarter. That started the Falcons' rally as they scored 15 points in the final 10 minutes for their first win of the season.

Offensive player of the week

QB Pete DiNovo, East Lake: The sophomore threw for 183 yards and four touchdowns in a rout over Seminole. More impressive was those numbers all came in the first half. Imagine what kind of numbers he would have put up if he played the whole game.

Game balls

Ryan Green, St. Petersburg Catholic He carried the Barons on offense, rushing for 271 yards and scoring four touchdowns. He also scored on a fumble return.
Jarvis Stewart, Largo Followed up a solid debut two weeks ago by rushing for 181 yards and scoring twice against Tarpon Springs.
Rashad Lewis, St. Petersburg The Green Devils' featured back keeps putting up big numbers with 156 yards rushing and three scores against PHU.
Anthony Diviney, Dunedin The quarterback scored on two short runs in the fourth quarter to help the Falcons upset Gibbs.
Ryan Hagen, Clearwater In the first half against Dixie Hollins, Hagen threw for three touchdowns to give the Tornadoes a comfortable lead.
Rayshawn Jenkins, Admiral Farragut He did a little bit of everything against Keswick, rushing for 123 yards, throwing for 56, catching a 31-yard pass and accounting for three touchdowns.

This week's games to watch

Palm Harbor U. (3-2) at East Lake (4-1): A big game in Class 5A, District 8 that could ultimately decide a playoff spot. The Hurricanes need this to stop a two-game losing streak.

Clearwater (4-1) at Countryside (5-0): The Tornadoes are off to another strong start but need a win in 5A-8 to prove they belong among the elite.

Sickles (3-2) at Boca Ciega (2-2): Last year, the Pirates let a big lead slip away that ultimately cost them a playoff berth. Both teams need this one to keep playoff hopes alive.

Gibbs (1-4) at St. Petersburg (5-0): This is the game the Green Devils have circled on the schedule. Last year, Gibbs handed St. Petersburg its only loss of the year.

Correction

Denzal Dillard scored an 84-yard touchdown for Boca Ciega against Pinellas Park. Another player was listed in Saturday's editions.

Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback 10/02/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 2, 2010 9:51pm]
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