Clearwater 14, West Port 7
Spring game-breakers: A young Tornadoes squad took a step in the right direction, traveled north and defeated Class 8A West Port in three quarters behind solid offense and defense. The Tornadoes outgained the Wolf Pack 323-171 yards and held West Port to just 19 passing yards on eight attempts. …Two rising sophomore running backs — Tupac Blanch and Adarius Lemons — combined for 154 yards rushing. …Tornadoes sophomore quarterback Garrisin Bryant completed 10-of-16 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. …Clearwater trailed 7-6 after the Wolf Pack went 70 yards on the opening possession of the second half in three plays, which culminated in a 30-yard touchdown run by Quandre Woods. The run by Woods was aided by a number of missed tackles by the Tornadoes' defense. …On the ensuing possession, the Tornadoes went on a nine-play, 68-yard drive that was capped by a Bryant to Rasim Avmet 17-yard touchdown pass. Bryant connected with Blanch on the two-point conversion. …In the second quarter — starting at their own 5 — the Tornadoes struck the first blow when Lemons took a toss pitch and sprinted past the West Port defense for a 95-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
Did you know? Second-year Clearwater coach Donnie Abraham played professional football from 1996 to 2004 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets as a cornerback. Abraham was a Pro Bowl selection in 2000. …The fourth quarter was reset for the junior varsity.
Audible 1: "We've faced a lot of adversity since we've been here, and I'm happy the kids got some type of reward for the hard work we put in, and tonight showed the patience we had." — Abraham
Audible 2: "We'll go into fall season and try to do better than we did last year and turn the program around, and we'll get there." — Lemons
Joseph Kornecki III, Times correspondent