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Spring football: St. Petersburg Catholic 27, Avon Park 12

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St. Petersburg Catholic 27, Avon Park 12

Spring game-breakers: After transferring from both Clearwater and East Lake, it appears Jordan Leston finally has a home. Leston, a senior, played quarterback, defensive back and even punted for the Barons in the three quarters he played. He threw touchdown passes of 48 and 34 yards in the first half and added a 14-yarder in the third. He ended the night with 167 yards passing and 36 rushing. … SPC defensive back Josh Ethier had a highlight play in the third quarter. He intercepted a pass and ran it back 27 yards for a touchdown. … Senior Jacquan Fuller will be a menace both as a runner and a receiver. Fuller caught two passes from Leston for a touchdown. The second was a 14-yard swing pass in which he ran around three defenders. He also gained 28 yards on seven carries. … SPC had three interceptions and recovered a fumble. Aside from Ethier's touchdown, Matt Castro and Brock McSherry also had interceptions.

Did you know? This was Dave Cleppe's first game as a head coach. He started as an assistant with the Barons in 1986. Several teams and 28 years later he is back as the head man. … Leston was named one of six team captains, though this is his first year with the team.

Audible 1: "I felt comfortable right away. It was a lot easier coming in with a new coaching staff. I picked things up right away and we haven't even put the entire offense in. I like this situation a lot." — SPC quarterback Jordan Leston

Audible 2: "With 20-something years of coaching under my belt I've got a lot of good ideas. It was fun to get out there and finally put them into place. And the guys played so hard. Just got after it all night. There are only four seniors but this really is a good group of guys who want to do whatever it takes to win." — First-year SPC coach Dave Cleppe

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Spring football: St. Petersburg Catholic 27, Avon Park 12 05/23/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:26pm]
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