TAMPA — Wharton quarterback Andrew Clifford and Spoto receiver Alex Byers made it look like they had been teammates for years, but in reality they worked together for only this past week.
Clifford and Byers hooked up seven times for 170 yards as their East squad beat the West 24-14 in the Hillsborough County all-star football game Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.
"I knew Byers would beat any defensive back that was covering him deep, so I just kept throwing it up because he is definitely a big-time threat," said Clifford, who was 13-for-22 for 229 yards.
"My quarterbacks were getting me the ball, and I appreciated it," said Byers, who was named East MVP. "We never really threw the ball at Spoto, so this was fun."
The East scored on its opening possession as Clifford hit Durant receiver Ryan Rice from 11 yards.
Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Angel Rodriguez hit Freedom back Sherrod Cunningham on a 3-yard pass to make it 14-0. Rodriguez added a 4-yard TD run.
Durant 12th at meet
DURANT — Homestead South Dade captured the 13th annual Cougar Invitational wrestling tournament, outscoring Riverdale 248.5 to 200 and crowning three individual champions.
Host Durant was 12th, the highest finisher among Hillsborough County schools in the 32-team field. There were no individual champions from the county, but Alex Hamm (112 pounds) of Durant and Herman Hernandez (140) of Riverview were second.
At the East Lake Invitational meet, Bloomingdale was second to Palmetto Ridge (296-190) as the highest county finisher.
Times correspondent Terry Jones contributed to this report.