This week had some memorable milestones. Palm Harbor University added another chapter to its storybook season by clinching it first ever playoff berth with a victory against North Port. And Pinellas Park continued its resurgence by securing its first winning season since 2003 with a victory against Northeast. There also was major upset as Osceola knocked off Tarpon Springs, putting an end to the Spongers' playoff aspirations. Here is the recap for Week 8.
1. Countryside (8-0): Defense has allowed just 12 points in three games after recording second shutout of the season against Northeast.
2. Lakewood (6-1): No shame in losing to Jesuit, a Hillsborough County power, in a game that will most likely decide the champion in Class 5A, District 8.
3. Largo (5-2): Do just enough on offense and special teams to get past Boca Ciega and remain the frontrunner in Class 6A, District 7.
4. Pinellas Park (6-1): After beating Northeast 35-14, Patriots set up showdown with Countryside for first place in Class 7A, District 9.
5. CC Catholic (5-2): Defense hangs tough, but offense cannot generate much in 21-0 loss to rival Berkeley Prep.
6. East Lake (5-3): Wrapped up playoff berth by beating Sarasota Riverview for third straight win.
7. Palm Harbor University (5-3): Opportunistic defense helps Hurricanes secure first postseason berth with win against North Port.
WR Rodney Adams, Lakewood: Had seven catches for 205 yards, including an 81-yard catch and run that kept the Spartans in the game against Jesuit.
CB Hunter Beam, Palm Harbor U.: Beam returned an interception 64 yards in the first half against North Port to help seal one of the biggest wins in school history.
RB Kristian Craig, Keswick Chr.: In a close 28-25 win over Calvary Christian, Craig gained 102 yards and scored twice.
QB Gray Crow, Countryside: Threw for three touchdowns to lead Cougars to a victory over Clearwater.
QB Pete DiNovo, East Lake: He completed 15 of 20 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown in a win at Sarasota Riverview.
RB Derrick Doss, Largo: He did a little bit of everything, returning a kickoff 92 yards, running for a touchdown and throwing for one in a 35-20 win over Boca Ciega.
WR Rayshawn Jenkins, Admiral Farragut: Sure, he caught only three passes in a win over Bradenton Christian, but two of those were for touchdowns of 65 and 33 yards. He had 145 yards in receiving overall.
RB Ryan Myers, Palm Harbor U.: Gained 125 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown to lead the Hurricanes to their first ever playoff berth.
WR Artavis Scott, East Lake: Had a breakout performance with six receptions for 209 yards and a touchdown against Sarasota Riverview.
QB Gary Simon, Gibbs: The receiver took over at quarterback and ignited a second-half rally with three touchdown passes and a run for a 2-point conversion in a 20-17 win against Middleton.
QB Josh Townsend, Osceola: Let's give it up for the Warriors, who upset Tarpon Springs. Townsend threw three passes all night, and completed all of them. He had two 27-yard touchdown passes to Kurt Suominen.
Offensive player of the week | RB Maurice Hemingway, St. Petersburg
He didn't surpass 100 yards rushing in the game, but Hemingway had a knack for finding the end zone in Friday's 33-21 win against Seminole. With the Green Devils trailing 14-0, Hemingway helped spark a rally by scoring four second-half touchdowns. Hemingway's final score on a 16-yard run sealed the game for St. Petersburg.
Defensive player of the week DB Pierre Johnson, Pinellas Park
The Patriots defense has a knack for coming up with big plays at the right time. Johnson came up with two big ones in Friday's 35-14 win over Northeast. With his team trailing 14-13 in the third quarter, Johnson picked off a pass that led to a score and turned the game around. He also returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown to help seal the game and put Pinellas Park in position to take its district with a win over Countryside next week.