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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

Chris Dixon returns an interception against Spoto as Lakewood wins 28-22 and eventually, because of a Blake forfeit, secures the 3A-8 runnerup spot.

BRIAN BLANCO | Special to the Times

Chris Dixon returns an interception against Spoto as Lakewood wins 28-22 and eventually, because of a Blake forfeit, secures the 3A-8 runnerup spot.

Super seven

1. St. Petersburg (9-0): The Green Devils got off to a quick start and cruised to a 30-12 victory against Pinellas Park in their district finale.

2. Countryside (10-0): After wrapping up the school's first undefeated regular season, the Cougars get a week off to prepare for the playoffs.

3. East Lake (7-2): The Eagles took to the air to beat Dunedin 35-7 and clinch the runnerup spot in Class 5A, District 8.

4. Largo (6-3): The Packers have lost two straight after falling 38-14 to Countryside and need to regroup before the playoffs.

5. Clearwater Central Catholic (6-3): In a must-win game, the Marauders' rally fell short against district nemesis Fort Meade 27-21.

6. Lakewood (5-4): The Spartans beat Spoto 28-22, then have the chips fall their way to clinch the runnerup spot in 3A-8.

7. Clearwater (6-3): By beating PHU 23-6, the Tornadoes reach .500 in district play for the first time in years.

Things we learned

1. Gibbs has a passing game. At the start of the season, the Gladiators' mantra was to run the ball. But lately, Gibbs has discovered it can put the ball in the air. Last week, Gladiators QB Devontae White threw five touchdown passes in a victory over Pinellas Park. He followed that up with four touchdown passes against Seminole this week. The best news of all for Gibbs is that White and top WR Gary Simon are juniors, so they have another year to work together.

2. Canterbury's first year in district play has been a success. After playing as an independent for years, the Crusaders decided to play in a district for the first time, joining Class 1B-5. After weathering some early season injuries, Canterbury has been on a roll and is now 6-3 overall and finished 4-2 in the district to secure third place.

3. Largo is limping into the playoffs. It was bad enough the Packers lost QB Juwan Brown for the second half of the season. Then came the news that Largo will be without RB Jarvis Stewart for at least one week and possibly more after he was injured in the fourth quarter against Countryside. His loss hurts because he received direct snaps in the single-wing offense that the Packers were using to compensate for the loss of Brown.

Offensive player of the week

WR Teddy West, Lakewood: We're cheating a little considering West's two scores came on special teams. But he had the biggest plays in Lakewood's 28-22 win over Spoto with a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 45-yard punt return for a score.

Defensive player of the week

DB Gary Simon, Gibbs: Playing the role of spoiler, Simon came through with a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown to round out the scoring in a 40-9 win over Seminole that prevented the Warhawks from making the playoffs.

Game balls

QB Devontae White, Gibbs Threw for four touchdowns and more than 200 yards in 40-9 win over Seminole.
RB Dominque Ellis, Northeast Scored two touchdowns, including the winner with 13 seconds left to beat Boca Ciega 33-26.
RB James Goodwin, Canterbury Had 179 total yards and three touchdowns in a 27-15 win over Keswick Christian.
RB Toddrick Macon, Admiral Farragut He was the workhorse with 153 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 35-0 win over Shorecrest.
RB Bennie Niles, Clearwater Had game-high 89 yards on the ground and scored once in 23-6 win over PHU.
QB Pete DiNovo, East Lake Threw for 137 yards and three first-half touchdowns in 35-7 victory over Dunedin.
RB Diomi Roberts, Countryside Lead the team with 33 yards on nine carries and helped set up two scores in 38-14 win over Largo.


This week's best games

SP Cath. (1-8, 0-6) at CC Cath. (6-3, 2-2): Throw out the records. Both teams will be aiming for bragging rights in a huge rivalry game between the county's only two Catholic schools.

Gibbs (3-6, 2-2) at Boca Ciega (3-6, 1-2): Last year, the Pirates beat Gibbs to finish .500. This year, the Gladiators will try to return the favor.

Northeast (6-4, 2-2) at Lakewood (5-4, 3-2): A tuneup game for two playoff teams that are also big south county rivals.

Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback 11/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 10:07pm]
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