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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

There were 10 undefeated teams in the county before this week's games. Now, there are six. The four that lost were eye-openers. Admiral Farragut, which was ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 2A, lost to another undefeated team, Canterbury, which was led by its all-everything running back, Brent O'Neal. Keswick is no longer perfect after losing to unbeaten Indian Rocks Christian in a Class 2A, District 5 game. Northeast and Tarpon Springs lost for the first time in routs to rivals. Then there is Countryside, which has beaten East Lake and Largo the past two weeks and appears in good shape to finish the regular season 10-0 for the second straight season. A recap of Week 3:

Super seven

1. Countryside (3-0): County-best 18-game win streak remains intact thanks to a rushing attack that overwhelmed Largo in a 28-18 victory.

2. East Lake (2-1): Defense tightened and held potent Spongers offense scoreless through three quarters in 34-14 win over rival.

3. Lakewood (2-0): Much-needed bye week for Spartans after a tumultuous start to the season.

4. Gibbs (3-0): Compensated for the loss of RB Emmanuel Stewart (knee) by playing stingy defense in district win over Spoto.

5. Largo (1-2): Lack of depth in the trenches is hurting the Packers, who had trouble stopping Countryside on the ground.

6. Clearwater Central Catholic (2-1): Able to go on cruise control in 42-0 rout over downtrodden Hudson.

7. Tarpon Springs (2-1): Offense got on track too late and dropped third straight against East Lake.

Knocking on the door: Palm Harbor U. (3-0), Boca Ciega (1-1)

Notable performances

WR Dondre Daley, Tarpon Springs: Had four catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-14 loss to East Lake. He has nine catches on the year, six of them for scores.

RB/LB Derrick Doss, Largo: Returned a punt 40 yards for a score to bring the Packers within two during a 28-18 loss to Countryside. He took the opening kickoff 62 yards to the 36-yard line.

RB Ryan Green, St. Petersburg Catholic: The junior averaged 11 yards a carry and gained 128 total with a touchdown in a 35-6 loss to Holy Trinity.

ATH Maurice Hall, Gibbs: Had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 19-13 win against Spoto as the Gladiators start the season 3-0.

QB Brandon Hanes, Pinellas Park: Has brought a new dimension under center to the Patriots, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another in a 32-17 win over Dixie Hollins. He completed 12-of-16 passes and had 168 yards passing.

S Brad Jordan, Calvary Christian: Had two of Calvary's three touchdowns in a 21-0 win over Shorecrest. Jordan picked off a second-quarter pass and returned it 65 yards for a score. In the fourth quarter, Jordan had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.

RB Tyler Lane, East Lake: Had four of East Lake's five touchdowns in its surprisingly comfortable 34-14 win over Tarpon Springs. The senior carried 21 times for 159 yards.

WR/DB Tristan Lewis, Northside Christian: With his team trailing 14-0 early, Lewis tried to keep the Mustangs close, returning a first-quarter kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown. Still, Northside fell 61-14 to Carrollwood Day School.

RB Brent O'Neal, Canterbury: Played a large role in the Crusaders' 12-10 upset of Admiral Farragut. The senior rushed for 100 yards on 21 carries and had Canterbury's only touchdown, a 24-yard reception in the second quarter.

QB Billy Pavlock, Palm Harbor U.: Accounted for four touchdowns in the Hurricanes' 41-22 rout of Seminole. The senior ran twice for scores and threw for two, including an 82-yard strike to Hunter Beam in the second quarter.

QB Bobby Runcie, Boca Ciega: Completed just six passes, but a three went for touchdowns in the Pirates' 48-3 blowout win against Northeast. All three scoring strikes went for more than 20 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown pass to Frederick Winters in the second quarter.

QB Casey Woods, Indian Rocks Christian: As the full-time starter this season Woods has flourished, as evidenced by his four-touchdown game against Keswick Christian. Woods had scoring completions of 10, 16, 30 and 14 yards in a 38-14 win over the Crusaders.

Offensive player of the week

RB Diomi Roberts, Countryside

Entering Friday's matchup against Largo, the question surrounding Countryside was how would the Cougars move the ball against the Packers' vaunted defense. The answer? Give to ball to Roberts and clear the way. He carried 28 times for 180 yards and had three touchdowns. His fourth-quarter score from 7 yards out put Countryside ahead for good and established the Cougars as the team to beat in Pinellas County.

Defensive player of the week

LB Elijah McClendon, Boca Ciega

Coach Antez Brinson picked up the first head coaching victory of his burgeoning career, and he has McClendon mostly to thank. The Pirates scored three defensive touchdowns in the first quarter, and McClendon had two of them. He picked up a fumble and returned it 70 yards for the first score. Later in the first, McClendon intercepted a Northeast pass and took it back 30 yards for another score. The Pirates defeated Northeast 48-3.

Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback 09/17/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:29pm]
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