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St. Petersburg 17, Boca Ciega 2

ST. PETERSBURG — A penetrating defense and bruising running attack was the name of the game for St. Petersburg in a stifling 17-2 victory over Bogie.

Chris Winiecki passed only twice, completing one. But it was a 40-yard strike to Dondre Davis, that set up one of two hard-nosed touchdowns by Ben Sams.

The Pirates' offensive miscues hurt them on the scoreboard, as quarterback Shaquille Bradford recovered a high snap in his own end zone, resulting in a St. Petersburg safety. The Green Devils took a 15-0 lead into halftime.

Davis continued to be a focal point of the Green Devils' (3-2) approach in the second half, intercepting two balls, each killing a Bogie (1-3) drive.

"He's what we consider our 'splash' player. If you're looking for a big play offensively or defensively he seems to be around the ball all the time making those kind of plays for us," St. Petersburg coach Joe Fabrizio said.

The Bogie offense continued to struggle, as the St. Petersburg defensive pressure caused havoc in the running and passing games. In addition to three interceptions, the Green Devils held the Pirates to just 45 yards rushing on 32 attempts, an average of 1.4 yards per carry. St. Petersburg scored again on a safety, the result of another high snap by the Pirates.

"That's what you want out of your defense every night, especially against a team that has as many explosive kids as Bogie," Fabrizio said. "It puts us in a position that we can hopefully dictate what we need to call and what they need to call …to create second and third and long situation.

Bogie's only score came on an unorthodox safety. After Davis' second interception, he brought the ball out of the end zone before lateraling to Stevie Murph, who knelt on the ball in the end zone.

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