Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

Pinellas Super 7

1. East Lake (9-0, 5-0): The demolition of county opponents continued with a 49-6 win over Northeast. The Eagles have scored more points (418) in nine games than they did all of last year (369), which included three playoff games.

2. Largo (7-2, 3-0): Bounced back from last week's loss to Lake Gibson with a 52-12 romp over Dixie Hollins to conclude district play.

3. Pinellas Park (8-1, 4-1): Big second half in a 46-10 victory over Countryside to wrap up the Patriots' third straight postseason appearance with the runnerup spot in 7A-9.

4. Clearwater Central Catholic (7-2, 4-0): Though they lost 19-13 in overtime to IMG, the Marauders can take solace in knowing their two losses have come in overtime on the road (Tampa Catholic) to powerful programs and were decided by a combined nine points.

5. Lakewood (6-3, 4-0): The Spartans lost 23-7 on the road at Jacksonville Raines. All of Lakewood's losses have been to winning teams, including two that made the playoffs (Largo, Raines).

6. Countryside (6-3, 3-2): When the Cougars lose, they lose big. In its three losses, Countryside was outscored a combined 120-13, including 93-13 in district losses to East Lake and Pinellas Park.

7. Indian Rocks Christian (7-2, 5-0): The Golden Eagles, who had the week off, have won seven straight and are gearing up for a home playoff game in two weeks.

Five top performances

Devin Abraham, DB, East Lake: The USF recruit blocked two punts, including one he returned for a touchdown. He also scored on an interception return in a 49-6 rout of Northeast.

Jacquan Fuller, RB, St. Petersburg Catholic: The Barons rolled over Calvary Christian with 417 yards rushing. Fuller scored three times in a 56-21 win, on runs of 52, 14 and 52 yards.

Montel Johnson, ATH, Tarpon Springs: The Spongers had to win to become playoff-eligible and blew out Boca Ciega 67-22. Johnson scored on a 98-yard kickoff return to start the game, then added a 52-yard TD run and a 4-yard TD catch.

Tayveon Landsm, RB, Gibbs: He had three touchdown runs and gained 89 yards on 14 carries in a 48-6 win over Dunedin.

Donte Maxson, RB, Pinellas Park: He had seven carries for 127 yards and touchdowns of 22, 80 and 25 yards.

Best playoff matchup

Jefferson at Largo: For years, the Packers have been paired against either Armwood or Hillsborough in the first round of the playoffs. This season, Largo opens Nov. 15 with a different opponent that will still be a challenge. The Dragons have scored 345 points in nine games. Their only loss? To Armwood.

Wooooo

Former professional wrestling great Ric Flair made an appearance in the Countryside locker room before Friday's game against Pinellas Park.

"This is a unique time in your lives," Flair said. "Enjoy it. And while you're out there, play your hearts out." As the players left the locker room, Flair let out a signature "Wooooo!"

Flair, who lives in North Carolina, was on vacation in Clearwater and was asked by World Wrestling Entertainment executive John Laurinaitis to address the team. Laurinaitis' son, Zack, plays for Countryside.

Alas, Flair's pep talk didn't do any good. The Cougars lost 46-10.

Governor's Cup

This year's version will not be played at Al Lang Stadium, but it will still feature two St. Petersburg public schools. Northeast will play at Lakewood on Thursday in what could also be named the "Transfer Cup." Just before the start of the season, QB Ryan Davis, along with teammates Sekendric Biddines, Terrion Davis, Donterio Fowler, Chris Jackson and James Swain, transferred from Northeast to Lakewood. Northeast has struggled, winning only once, against winless Clearwater. Lakewood won a district title and is 6-3. "We're going to play hard just like we always do," Lakewood coach Cory Moore said. "But we also want to make sure we don't get anybody hurt. We have the playoffs the next week."

In a rush

Seminole's Ra'Quanne Dickens rushed for 100 yards in a 41-6 win over Clearwater, giving him more than 1,450 for the season to set a school record. He also scored three touchdowns Friday.

Audible

"We're never going to get name recognition. We're Pinellas Park. That's what people think, 'Oh, they're just Pinellas Park.' It's the same thing every year. We're not supposed to beat anybody." — Kenny Crawford, Pinellas Park coach, whose team is 8-1 and qualified for the playoffs a third straight season

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