Countryside 28, Citrus 20
Spring game-breakers: Countryside ran the ball efficiently and displayed a solid passing game, while playing physical defense. The Cougars forced three fumbles, converting two into touchdowns. …Countryside quarterback Trent Chmelik had three touchdown passes and ran for a score. Trailing 13-7 after quarterback Desmond Franklin ran right through the Cougars' defense for a 65-yard touchdown gallop in the second quarter, Countryside reeled off 21 unanswered points to take a 28-13 lead in the third quarter. In that span, Chmelik hit an open Chris Ryan (two TD receptions) for an 18-yard touchdown strike off a rollout. Just before the half, Chmelik connected with a leaping Slyvester Kimbrough for an 8-yard touchdown. Both of the touchdowns before the half were set up by Citrus fumbles. …The Cougars were exposed in the passing game at times, as Citrus receiver Sam Franklin had four receptions for 131 yards and a 30-yard touchdown catch.
Did you know? Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford made the trip from Pinellas County to watch his rival play.
Audible 1: "A lot of the guys I expected to make plays did. I'm proud of the kids for playing hard and physical. The quarterback did a good job finding open receivers, and the receivers did a good job competing for the ball in the air, and the backs ran hard and physical." — Eric Schmitz, first-year Countryside coach
Audible 2: "We showed what we could do with a lot of guys out." — Chmelik
Joseph Kornecki III, Times correspondent
Admiral Farragut Academy 51, Hawthorne 8
Spring game-breakers: The Blue Jackets showed off a balanced offense, racking up more than 550 yards of offense in the rout. Donnie Crum, a freshman, had his first significant playing time at tailback and rushed for 210 yards and scored twice. Crum also had runs of 60 and 70 yards called back on penalties. …Ivan Clare and Dalton Collins alternated at quarterback, and combined for three touchdown passes. Collins also had 80 yards rushing. …Izzy Wood rushed for two scores and also picked off a pass.
Did you know? This was the first spring game for second-year coach Ryan Hearn, who was hired in June of last year.
Audible: "I'm super excited with how we played. Hawthorne had some great athletes, and we did what we wanted on offense and kind of wore them down a little bit. We had some great performances from our skill guys on both sides of the ball, and our young offensive line grew up a little bit." — Hearn
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer
Northside Christian 31, Sarasota Out-of-Door 14
Spring game-breakers: The Mustangs relied on a power running game to wear down host Out-of-Door. Kamen Wilmington, a standout wrestler, did the bulk of the running and had three touchdowns, including runs of 20 and 17 yards that broke open a close game. Fiante Bell also scored on a 26-yard run for the Mustangs. …Northside got off to strong start, jumping out to a 12-0 lead. Ahead 12-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Mustangs scored twice within a three-minute span to go up 24-7.
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer