At Dixie Hollins in St. Petersburg
Osceola 15, Dixie Hollins 8
Spring game-breakers: Osceola rushed the ball 27 times and gained 195 yards. Edwin McKinney, a track star who rushed for more than 1,100 yards last season and was the team's second-leading receiver, was the Warriors' leading rusher, gaining 125 yards on 15 carries. He had three rushes for more than 15 yards, including a 30-yard scamper to set up his 1-yard touchdown run and a 25-yard run at the end of the game. McKinney scored the other Osceola touchdown on a 6-yard run, which gave the Warriors a 15-8 lead late in the second half. … The Warriors kept the ball on the ground the entire night without attempting a pass. … Tyler Lewis had six rushes for 26 yards and Jace Browne ran for 32 yards on two carries. … The Warriors converted a two-point attempt after McKinney's second touchdown run when Browne ran the ball in off the left end. … Dixie Hollins had five players combine to rush 20 times for 122 yards. … Cedric Williams was the Rebels' leading rusher with 72 yards on nine carries. … He had an 85-yard touchdown run nullified because of a block in the back. … Dylan Seals ran the ball in from 9 yards out for the Rebels' only score. … Williams ran the ball in after Seals' score for the two-point conversion.
Did you know? Dixie Hollins girls varsity soccer team member Chelsea Bryant is the Rebels' kicker on point-after attempts. The senior, who kicked a football for the first time two weeks ago, attempted one kick and missed, but was run into by an Osceola player.
Audible: "We definitely have something to work with this coming season. I like the attitude of our team, and the kids believe we can make something happen to turn things around. … We have a special player in McKinney and he's the type of player who can raise the level of the rest of the team. He could play for anybody in the county." — Osceola coach George Palmer
Chris Girandola, Times correspondent