PALM HARBOR — St. Petersburg survived a furious round of late scoring by Palm Harbor University on Friday to win 34-27 and remain undefeated.
After trailing early 7-0, the Green Devils (5-0) turned to the speedy Rashad Lewis. He had seven first-half carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yarder. He finished with 136 yards.
"Every time I touch the ball, that's what I want to do is score," Lewis said. "The safety was the only one I had to beat (on the 76-yarder). I just shook him, and it was off to the races."
The Hurricanes (2-3) kicked a field goal in the final seconds of the first half to cut their deficit to 17-10. However, Calvin Robinson returned the ensuing squib kick 80 yards for a touchdown as the half expired.
"You've got to get into them a little bit. You've got to correct the mistakes," PHU coach Mark Haye said. "You tell them we've got nothing to lose. Everyone expects us to lose this game anyway, so let's go out there and just ball out."
The Hurricanes fell behind 31-10 then put up three scores in the final 13:28, the last a 50-yard fumble return by Scott Santangelo. Trailing 34-27, the Hurricanes recovered an onside kick but failed to complete the comeback.
"They forced us to make some mistakes," St. Petersburg coach Joe Fabrizio said. "They did a great job."
Haye said the officiating was one-sided.
"It's kind of horrendous," he said. "I can't wait to watch the film and … see the penalties for ourselves."