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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

About to bull his way in Lakewood’s Martez Anderson cradles the ball and prepares to plow in for a 3-yard  second-quarter touchdown during a 27-7 win over Gibbs.


About to bull his way in Lakewood’s Martez Anderson cradles the ball and prepares to plow in for a 3-yard second-quarter touchdown during a 27-7 win over Gibbs.

Offenses were on display this week. Seven teams scored more than 30 points this week. Admiral Farragut and Indian Rocks Christian combined for 66 points. Largo nearly reached that total by itself, scoring 63 in a victory over Dixie Hollins. But nothing comes close to the offensive numbers put up in the Tarpon Springs-Lakewood game. Both teams combined for 44 points and 579 yards in the first half. Lakewood Ranch ran 83 plays for 537 yards of offense in the game. Here is the recap from Week 6:

Super seven

1. Countryside (6-0): Showed some balance on offense with 173 yards rushing and 249 passing in a 37-6 district win over Northeast.

2. Lakewood (5-0): Nice 27-7 win against Gibbs, but was it really necessary to keep throwing up three scores in the fourth quarter against a depleted opponent?

3. Largo (4-2): Running game starting to rev up with 200-plus yards on the ground for the second straight week, this time in 63-10 win over Dixie Hollins.

4. CC Catholic (5-1): Huge 24-17 win against rival Tampa Catholic puts Marauders in driver's seat for playoff berth.

5. Pinellas Park (4-1): By rallying from 15-point deficit to beat St. Petersburg 21-18, Patriots put themselves in position for a playoff berth.

6. Tarpon Springs (4-2): Defense's inability to stop the running game may end up costing the Spongers a playoff spot.

7. East Lake (3-3): Ended two-game losing streak with 29-6 win over North Port in district opener.


"I think the second year I was at CCC they beat us 76-7, and I told him we were a big part of his passing records. … Maybe it was karma tonight, we were supposed to win."

John Davis, CCC coach, recalling that 1995 defeat to Tampa Catholic and its All-America QB, Kenny Kelly, who was on the sideline as a Crusaders assistant Friday

Offensive player of the week

QB Billy Pavlock, Palm Harbor University

The Hurricanes, desperate for a win to open its district slate, turned to Pavlock, and the senior quarterback delivered a clutch performance in a 27-7 victory. Pavlock threw for 91 yards and a touchdown on 4-of-9 passing and had two more touchdowns on the ground to go with 138 yards rushing. But Pavlock's ultimate value to the Hurricanes came was his ability to make plays in tight situations. On third and 40 on his own 10-yard line, Pavlock raced 51 yards on a draw play for a first down. Backed up near his goal line on another third and long, Pavlock took off for 72 yards on, again, a draw. Pavlock kept drives going for PHU, and he kept the Hurricanes' playoff hopes intact.

Defensive player of the week DB Dontae McGee, Admiral Farragut

The Blue Jackets looked to be in big trouble in the district race after falling to Canterbury and losing playmaker Rayshawn Jenkins to injury. But, today, Admiral Farragut is right back in the thick of the 2A-5 race, and McGee is a major reason why. In the first quarter of the Blue Jackets' 34-32 victory over Indian Rocks Christian, McGee intercepted the first pass from Golden Eagles' quarterback Casey Woods and outran everybody for a 64-yard return for a touchdown.

Notable performances

RB Derek Barnes, Calvary Christian: Ran for season-high 247 yards on 26 carries in a victory over Cambridge. He had scoring runs of 50 and 40 yards.

RB Kristian Craig, Keswick Christian: Senior back gained 150 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns in a 27-0 win over Northside Christian.

WR Sean Culkin, Indian Rocks Christian: Broke 100-yard mark for second straight week, hauling in six passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns — a 31-yarder and a 42-yarder — in 34-32 loss to Admiral Farragut.

WR Dondre Daley, Tarpon Springs: Returned from two game absence because of eligibility issues and caught six passes for 80 yards, and scored on a 63-yard run and 81-yard kickoff return in 41-33 loss to Lakewood Ranch.

RB Keith Harrington, Northeast: Carried just five times but gained 165 yards with a 75-yard touchdown in a 37-6 loss to Countryside.

QB Tracy Johnson, Lakewood: Rebounded from rough start to throw for 323 yards and three touchdowns in 27-7 win over Gibbs. Lofted two long scoring passes to Rodney Adams.

ATH David Jones, St. Petersburg: Senior had touchdown runs on two of team's first three drives and gained 91 yards on nine attempts. Had a fourth-quarter interception on defense in 21-18 loss to Pinellas Park.

RB Todd Macon, Admiral Farragut: Senior posted 173 total yards and three touchdowns in a key district win against Indian Rocks Christian.

RB Brent O'Neal, Canterbury: Gained 250 yards rushing on 29 carries in a 26-20 district victory over Carrollwood Day School. O'Neal had a 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and the 20-yard winning score in the fourth quarter.

RB Diomi Roberts, Countryside: Rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries against Northeast. The senior has a season total of 10 touchdowns.

DB Gary Simon, Gibbs: Two-way player recorded two interceptions near the end zone to prevent Lakewood scores, returned a kickoff 73 yards and averaged nearly 40 yards per punt.

RB Blair Vaughn, CCC: Churned out 77 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, the most crucial one becoming a 17-yard run for the go-ahead score in win over Tampa Catholic. His 25-yard run in the third quarter, in which he carried several would-be tacklers and blockers for roughly 20 yards, is bound to go viral on YouTube.

QB Robert Yarbrough, Clearwater: Engineered first win of the season for the Tornadoes after completing 10-of-15 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 45 yards in a 24-17 win over Seminole.

Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback 10/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2011 8:03pm]
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