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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

Where Eagles fly East Lake quarterback Pete DiNovo, left, and wide receiver Artavis Scott take flight in celebration after a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the Eagles’ 21-20 win over Palm Harbor University.


Where Eagles fly East Lake quarterback Pete DiNovo, left, and wide receiver Artavis Scott take flight in celebration after a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the Eagles’ 21-20 win over Palm Harbor University.

The reclassification of districts provided a lot of changes this season, particularly the disparity among teams in each one. Some districts had as few as four teams. Others had as many as eight. There were logjams at the top, especially in Class 2A-5, where tiebreakers seemed inevitable. But the district shakeouts are now complete, and there is no chaos. Everything worked out with no tiebreakers necessary. There are some established contenders who made the playoffs, such as Countryside and Largo. And there are some newcomers, such as Canterbury and Palm Harbor University, which are in the postseason for the first time. Here is the recap from Week 10:


RB Justin Goodloe, Clearwater Central Catholic: Not only did Goodloe score the Marauders' first touchdown with a 75-yard run, but he got another from 6 yards out later in the first quarter of a 41-6 win.

RB/DB David Jones, St. Petersburg: Had an 81-yard touchdown run and caught two passes for 87 yards in a 41-14 loss to Countryside.

RB Tyler Lane, East Lake: Had 22 carries for 103 yards and two big touchdowns in a one-point win over rival Palm Harbor University.

ATH Napoleon Maxwell, Admiral Farragut: Not only did he score touchdowns of 42 and 33 yards in a 31-14 win over Cambridge, he also scored on a 35-yard interception return.

RB Brent O'Neal, Canterbury: O'Neal gained 206 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 54-0 win over Northside Christian. He also had a receiving touchdown and returned an interception for a TD.

QB Louis Pappas, Tarpon Springs: Granted, the Spongers got creamed 38-10 by Largo, but Pappas accounted for 202 of his team's 207 yards.

RB Diomi Roberts, Countryside: He seems to be on here every week, but Roberts gained 128 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown. He also blocked a punt in the third quarter.

RB Marquis Samuel, Pinellas Park: Had 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots hung on for a 40-33 win over Seminole.

Offensive player of the week

RB Tyler Lane, East Lake: Quarterback Pete DiNovo and receiver Artavis Scott grab more of the headlines, but it was Lane who gained the tough yards for the Eagles in their biggest game of the season. Lane gained 103 yards on 22 carries and scored two of East Lake's three touchdowns in the 21-20 victory.

Defensive player of the week

DL Auggie Sanchez, Northeast: The speed rusher is the statistical leader nearly every week. But he really came through in the 14-7 win over Clearwater with two sacks and 10 tackles, including three for losses. Sanchez was just as valuable on offense, rushing for 198 yards, throwing for 24 and scoring both touchdowns.

Playoff bound

Here are the postseason matchups for county teams (all games 7:30, Nov. 18).

Class 8A

• Palm Harbor University at Centennial

• Vero Beach at East Lake

Class 7A

• Pinellas Park at Bradenton Manatee

• Venice at Countryside

Class 6A

• Hillsborough at Largo

Class 3A

• CC Catholic at Fort Meade

Class 2A

• Admiral Farragut at Fort Myers Evangelical

• Naples St. John Neumann at Canterbury

Super seven

1. Countryside (10-0): Victory against St. Petersburg secures third straight district title and second straight undefeated regular season.

2. Largo (7-2): The Packers were unable to run against Tarpon Springs but were able to do just about anything else.

3. Pinellas Park (7-2): After sweating it out in the fourth quarter, Patriots clinch run-nerup spot in Class 7A-9 with win against Seminole.

4. CC Catholic (7-2): Ground game gets going again as Marauders pound St. Petersburg Catholic in big rivalry game.

5. Lakewood (6-3): Downward spiral continues as Spartans drop third district game against Spoto.

6. East Lake (6-3): Big first half propels Eagles to victory over Palm Harbor University and clinches Class 8A-7 title.

7. Palm Harbor U. (5-4): Furious rally falls short as Hurricanes lose to Eagles but are still in playoffs for the first time.

Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 8:32pm]
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