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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

Cougar’s leap: Countryside’s Ryan Yates vaults in for a second-quarter touchdown over Pinellas Park’s Keith Dunnigan (13), Garrett Nevitt (21) and Pierre Johnson (10).

BRIAN BLANCO | Special to the Times

Cougar’s leap: Countryside’s Ryan Yates vaults in for a second-quarter touchdown over Pinellas Park’s Keith Dunnigan (13), Garrett Nevitt (21) and Pierre Johnson (10).

Basketball season does not start for another two weeks. But that did not stop Pinellas County teams from producing basketball-like scores. Indian Rocks Christian beat Carrollwood Day 58-55. St. Petersburg beat Clearwater 55-41. And St. Petersburg Catholic lost to Fort Myers Evangelical 61-42. In all, six county teams scored 40 or more points, including three that scored at least 50. Here is the recap from Week 9:

Super seven

m 1. Countryside (9-0): Thanks to another second-half comeback in a 28-21 win over Pinellas Park, the Cougars are close to clinching the Class 7A-9 title and remain undefeated.

2. Largo (6-2): Battling through injuries, the Packers turn to their running game to beat Bradenton Lakewood Ranch 42-22 and clinch their seventh straight district title.

3. Lakewood (6-2): Back-to-back losses eliminate the Spartans from postseason contention, the first time that has happened in Cory Moore's four seasons as coach.

4. Clearwater Central Catholic (6-2): Justin Goodloe did just about everything for the Marauders, throwing for one score and running for another in a 28-0 shutout of Lemon Bay.

5. Pinellas Park (6-2): Used big pass plays to get off to a quick start against Countryside but did not have enough in the second half to win.

6. East Lake (5-3): Used the bye week to prepare for this week's showdown with Palm Harbor University for the district title in 8A-7.

7. Palm Harbor U (5-3): Coach Matt LePain purposely scheduled the bye so he could get ready for the Eagles.

Notable performances

RB Tramaine Batten, Dunedin: Had 15 rushes for 128 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-20 win over Middleton.

QB Kenny Blanch, Tarpon Springs: He is not the usual starting quarterback, but he threw two touchdown passes against Boca Ciega in a 31-0 win.

RB Harry Brown, Largo: He had 11 rushes for 138 yards and three touchdowns against Lakewood Ranch, including TD runs of 41 and 47 yards.

RB Ryan Green, St. Petersburg Catholic: Rushed for 233 yards and scored three touchdowns in the first half of a 61-42 loss to Fort Myers Evangelical Christian.

RB Keith Harrington, Northeast: He accounted for all of Northeast's points in an 18-14 win vs. Seminole, rushing 29 times for 229 yards and three touchdowns.

QB Jake Holsinger, Canterbury: Had touchdown passes of 28, 38 and 33 yards in just 10 attempts in a 29-0 win over Keswick.

QB Casey Woods, Indian Rocks Christian: Threw for 251 yards in a 58-55 scorefest over Carrollwood Day School.

QB Robert Yarbrough, Clearwater: The Tornadoes may have lost, but Yarbrough completed 20 of 26 passes for 370 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 50 yards.

Offensive player of the week

RB Diomi Roberts, Countryside: With his team trailing by a touchdown at the half, Roberts provided the spark the Cougars needed to keep their undefeated season intact. He rushed for 227 yards on 31 carries and scored three second-half touchdowns as Countryside rallied to beat Pinellas Park 28-21 and put the Cougars in position to win the Class 7A, District 9 title.

Defensive player of the week

LB Nic Kessel, Tarpon Springs: After being run over most of the season, the Spongers made a statement by recording their first shutout of the year against Boca Ciega. Kessel was a big part of that, intercepting two passes, one of which he returned 80 yards for a touchdown though it was called back on a penalty. In all, Tarpon Springs forced eight turnovers.

Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback 10/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2011 10:40pm]
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