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Pinellas Football Tonight

Dixie Hollins at Boca Ciega Time and site: 7:30 p.m., Charlie Beauchamp Memorial Stadium, 11th Avenue S and 58th Street, St. Petersburg.

Records: Dixie Hollins 5-1; Boca Ciega 3-3.

Last meeting: Dixie Hollins 18, Boca Ciega 9 (1989).

Key points: Following a big victory over Lakewood, the Rebels were idle last weekBoca Ciega lost 20-18 to Gulf last weekDixie Hollins' defense has allowed the fewest points (77) in Class 4A, District 10The Rebels' running back duo of Serrell Rollins and Antron Killens have combined for 938 yards, making them the second-best running duo in Pinellas County. After last Thursday's poor outing against Gulf, the Pirates' defense needs a solid showing against the run tonight.

Tarpon Springs at Dunedin

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at Dunedin Memorial Stadium, 1651 Pinehurst Road.

Records: Tarpon Springs 5-1, Dunedin 3-3.

Last meeting: Tarpon Springs 28, Dunedin 21 (1989)

Key points: At the start of the season, Tarpon would have been a heavy favorite, but Dunedin is on a roll, having won three straightThe Falcons' backfield has improved with Damion Flagler back at quarterback, and with the emergence of tailback Bennie Thomas, the county's leading rusher with 641 yardsStill, Tarpon has the third and fourth best rushers in Jeff Batten (538 yards) and Deon Golden (537).

Largo at Countryside

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at Cougar Stadium, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater.

Records: Largo 5-1, Countryside 5-2.

Last meeting: Largo 13, Countryside 6 (1989).

Key points: The Packers have to win the rest of their 5A-District 9 games to stay in the race, and Countryside is no pushoverCougars have good offensive line, featuring Jeff Mitchell, Joe Donnelly and Adam Brecher. They have helped quarterback Donnie Stephens pass for 595 yards, 258 of them to Rick HoffmanBut Brian Magee and the rest of the Largo secondary will be aware of Stephens' nine interceptionsLargo's Eric Alexander has rushed for 343 yards, while Countryside's Peter Johnson has 420, despite being slowed by a hip injury Pinellas Park at Northeast

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at Sexton Field, 54th Avenue and 16th St. N., St. Petersburg.

Records: Pinellas Park 3-3, Northeast 1-5.

Last meeting: Pinellas Park 30, Northeast 3 (1989).

Key points: The Patriots are all but eliminated from the 5A-District 9 race after a 24-21 loss to Dunedin last week. But last year, they rebounded from their second district loss and beat Largo 24-14Pinellas Park has quarterback Tony Rucker (1,192 yards 14 touchdowns)Northeast gave co-district leader Clearwater all it wanted in the first half of last week's 28-13 loss. Quarterback Shawn Austin has completed more than half of his passes, while Jason Cook leads the county in receiving with 19 catches for 220 yards.

Lakewood at Gibbs

Time and site: 7 p.m. at Newton-Williams Memorial Stadium, 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg.

Records: Lakewood 2-4, Gibbs 2-4.

Last meeting: Lakewood 28, Gibbs 7 (1989).

Key points: Lakewood already has lost more games this season than in the last two combined. Now, that slide is becoming expensive. The Spartan's past two defeats have come in district games. A loss tonight all but eliminates them from the Class 4A, District 10 raceGibbs was soundly beaten in its most recent outing _ a Oct.12 loss to Clearwater _ but the Gladiators have won two of their last three and their next four games are 4A-10 matchups.

Seminole at St. Petersburg

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at Stewart Field, 2501 Fifth Ave. N.

Records: Seminole 2-4, St. Petersburg 2-5.

Last meeting: Seminole 25, St. Petersburg 13 (1989).

Key points: Quarterback Marcus Tukes, playing for his third Pinellas high school in three years, and Ryan Estevez (17 catches for 294 yards, plus four field goals and seven point-after kicks) have guided the once winless Green Devils to consecutive road wins over 4A-10 opponentsSeminole's offense has been fairly potent all season but it's defense has been far too giving. A loss prevents the 'Hawks from finishing above .500 for the 12th consecutive season.

Osceola at Bloomingdale

Time and site: 8 p.m. at Charley Harris Stadium, 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico.

Records: Osceola 2-4, Bloomingdale 3-3.

Last meeting: Bloomingdale 7, Osceola 6 (1989).

Key points: The game is somewhat of a break for Osceola, which lost 44-13 to Tampa Bay Vo-Tech last week _ a week before a season-ending three straight district games (they are currently tied with Dixie Hollins for first in Class 4A, District 10 at 2-1)The Warriors' Novell Waller has 463 yards rushing. Bloomingdale's offense was nothing to shout about in a 14-0 loss to Bradenton Southeast.

Land O'Lakes at East Lake

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at East Lake Field, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, off East Lake Road.

Records: Land O'Lakes 1-5, East Lake 2-4.

Last meeting: East Lake 15, Land O'Lakes 12 (1989).

Key points: East Lake needs to recover from its 62-yard offensive production in last week's loss to CountrysideLand O'Lakes allows almost 28 points a gameDespite the Eagles' slow start, they have a chance at their first-ever winning record. None of their next four opponents have winning recordsLand O'Lakes' one win was over 1-5 HudsonThe Gators feature a balanced offense. When they throw, Mike Viccione (23 receptions, 410 yards) is the likely target.

SP Catholic at Northside Christian

Time and site: 8 p.m. at Brandes-Russell Field, 7777 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Records: St. Petersburg Catholic 2-4, Northside Christian 3-3.

Last meeting: Northside Christian 7, St. Petersburg Catholic 0 (1989).

Key points: Last year, this game held serious district ramifications. This time, it's merely for team pride. Both already have fallen to Lakeland-Santa Fe, which should clinch the A-6 championship _ its first _ tonight against Temple HeightsNorthside's Steve Norris (563 yards and five TDs rushing) and Kenny Locke (948 yards, seven TDs passing) rank second in Pinellas in their respective categories, and both should have big games tonightSPC's John Thiele is second among all Pinellas receivers, with 19 catches.

Clearwater Central Catholic at Shorecrest

Time and site: 8 p.m., Haskell Field, 5101 First St. NE

Records: Clearwater Central Catholic 0-6, Shorecrest 4-2

Last meeting: Shorecrest 16, Clearwater Catholic 0 (1989).

Key points: The Marauders' defensive front must stop Danny Lynn and Rob Nelson from running wildBut passing may determine the outcomeSeveral James Burris passes to John Lannon would make CCC coach Bing Crosby happy.


Clearwater vs. Sarasota-Riverview

Time and site: 8 p.m. at Riverview's Ram Bowl, corner of Lourdes Avenue and Proctor Road, Sarasota. Take I-75 south to Bee Ridge Road exit. Take Bee Ridge west to Tuttle Road. Turn left onto Tuttle, which becomes Swift Road, and proceed to Proctor Road. Turn right onto Proctor.

Records: Riverview 4-2, Clearwater 6-0.

Last meeting: Riverview 35, Clearwater 0 (1989).

Key points: Clearwater has not scored on Riverview in its past three encounters, and the Rams' shutout of Largo last week is not good news for the TornadoesThe good news is that tailback/cornerback Ernest Starker is back after missing action with a fractured toeFullback Ben Harris (364 yards) is the Tornadoes' best weapon, but Clearwater needs to add variety so Riverview doesn't clog the middleBoth the Rams' losses were to state-ranked teams (Manatee and Bradenton Southeast)_ Compiled by staff writers Kevin Thomas, Tim Looney, Tony Green and Eric T. Pate.