Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Pinellas: Sunday morning quarterback

Super 7

1. Countryside (2-0): Bruising running game was the difference as the Cougars beat rival East Lake for a fifth straight season.

2. Largo (2-0): The defense, which has allowed 16 points, gets a big test against Countryside next.

3. Lakewood (2-0): First two opponents (Seminole and Blake) are winless, but the Spartans outscored them by a combined 79-0.

4. East Lake (1-1): Despite missing WR Artavis Scott, the Eagles moved the ball well, but the defense gave up too much against Countryside.

5. Clearwater Central Catholic (1-1): In home opener, Marauders bounce back with a shutout against Lakeland Christian.

6. Tarpon Springs (2-0): After wins against Dunedin and Clearwater, things get tougher for the Spongers in a big rivalry game against East Lake.

7. Palm Harbor University (2-0): The Hurricanes might be the biggest surprise so far, especially after scoring 27 unanswered to beat St. Petersburg.

Offensive player of the week

Jeremy Wood, Calvary Christian: He showed off his versatility in the Warriors' season opener, throwing for a touchdown, catching one and running for another in a victory over district rival Indian Rocks Christian.

Defensive player of the week

Quentin Cummings, Palm Harbor U: The linebacker was in on 10 tackles and led a defense that held St. Petersburg scoreless in the second half. In two games, the Hurricanes have allowed 122 total yards combined.

Breakout player of the week

Ryan Davis, Northeast: The sophomore quarterback looks like a true threat to throw and run. Against Osceola, he was 18 of 21 for 254 yards and a touchdown.

Three thoughts for Week 3

1. East Lake-Countryside was the marquee game this past week. But Largo-Countryside might really be the game of the year. Both teams are off to 2-0 starts and have dynamic offenses. If Countryside is going to lose a regular-season game, it's this week or probably never.

2. East Lake showed there is more to its passing game than WR Artavis Scott. Though Scott was hobbled by a sprained ankle, QB Pete DiNovo threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was George Campbell, who had four receptions for 138 yards and a score. Campbell also had a 40-yard catch that was called back on a penalty and beat Countryside deep on another play in which the ball was slightly overthrown.

3. Devastating injuries have played a role the first two weeks. But it was nice to see Admiral Farragut's Cortavious Givens make a full recovery and score his first TD since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Week 3 last season.

Five things we learned Friday

1. Palm Harbor University is a playoff contender. It was hard to tell how good the Hurricanes were considering they played Ridgewood in the preseason and Clearwater in the opener. PHU showed it is for real by beating the Green Devils. The Hurricanes did it with a stifling defense that has allowed six points combined in two games.

2. If St. Petersburg crosses midfield, it is almost in field goal range. Sean Covington kicked a 57-yard field goal against Palm Harbor University, and he said he only got about 75 percent of it. Of course, that's about the only offense the Green Devils have. Somebody needs to step up (TE Jeremy Kerr, perhaps?)

3. St. Petersburg Catholic is resilient. A day after learning RB Ryan Green is lost for the season, the Barons come back to defeat Crescent City 23-21. And Jaquan Fuller might be pretty good as Green's replacement.

4. Seminole can win. After suffering through a winless 2011, the Warhawks defeated Dixie Hollins 23-16. Maybe this starts a different kind of streak.

5. Gibbs junior QB Patric Jones is electric. A week after racking up more than 200 yards against St. Petersburg, Jones threw touchdown passes of 79 and 39 yards and ran for a 47-yard score in a 28-18 win over Lennard.

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