PINELLAS PARK — St. Petersburg's 41-13 blowout loss to Gibbs is quickly becoming but a fading memory.
The Green Devils defeated Boca Ciega by 45 points and Northeast by 36 in the weeks following the Gibbs aberration.
Friday at Pinellas Park with a playoff berth for both teams on the line, St. Petersburg kept rolling, dominating every facet of a 45-0 win to clinch the runnerup spot in Class 5A, District 9.
"Prior to that Gibbs game (on Oct. 9), we were on a roll, and I think a reality check hit them with that loss to Gibbs," St. Petersburg coach Joe Fabrizio said. "They've been really focused since then."
From the opening snap, St Petersburg outmuscled the Patriots. Malik Wilson carried for 11, 11, 32 and 11 yards on the Green Devils' first four plays, and quarterback David Jones culminated the drive with a 3-yard sneak into the end zone for a 7-0 advantage.
The Green Devils made it 14-0 a minute later when a shotgun snap flew over the head of Pinellas Park quarterback Jesse Hevia and Cody Pogorelc scooped and scored from 15 yards out.
"Defense, they did their thing tonight," said Wilson, who gained a game-high 117 yards on 11 carries.
In the second quarter, Wilson scored from 29 yards to make it 21-0 with 10:37 left in the half. Ben Sams scored twice for a 35-0 halftime advantage.
"Our offense is about beating you up, and then our defense just comes in and swarms you," Fabrizio said. "Beat you up on offense and see if you can take it."
St. Petersburg allowed just 43 yards of offense and two first downs in the first half on its way to a playoff bid for the second straight season.