CLEARWATER — In different ways, Hillsborough and Clearwater had a lot to work on Friday. But the two young squads improved as the evening progressed while the Terriers pulled away for a 41-7 victory.
High points included a performance from Hillsborough junior quarterback Dwayne Lawson that was at times dominant. He hit on five of his last six passes for 84 of 131 yards and one of his two touchdowns. One of his last connections was a 15-yard beauty to Xavier Byrd with 16 seconds left in the first half that gave the Terriers a 27-7 lead and essentially salted the game away.
The hosts had four turnovers wrapped around their only TD. Inconsistent special teams play both helped and hurt their efforts.
"Hillsborough is a tough team to start with on our first time together but we responded well and we handled ourselves well," Clearwater coach Donnie Abraham said.
Chuck Frye, Times correspondent