What started out as a miserable night for everyone at Dunedin Memorial Stadium Friday turned into quite the opposite for Mike Sandy and his Osceola teammates.
Sandy, the county's leading rusher, scored all but one of his team's 15 points and went over the 100-yard mark for the fourth straight week in the Warriors' 15-6 Class 4A, District 10 win over Dunedin.
With the win Osceola (2-0 in 4A-10, 2-2 overall) grabs a share of the district lead with Boca Ciega.
Fighting a steady wind-blown rain, neither team put together much offense until Sandy made a slight adjustment at the half.
"The field slowed me down a little bit, but I changed my socks in the locker room," Sandy said. "They made me feel lighter and quicker."
And it didn't take long for the change to pay off. On his second carry after halftime, Sandy took a pitch from Oscar Davenport, followed his quarterback's lead block through the line and outraced the Falcons' secondary 30 yards to the end zone.
The touchdown followed a messy punt by Dunedin deep in its own territory. Punter Bob Poe ducked under the first oncoming rush, but was grabbed and thrown down as he got off a four-yard kick.
"We decided to take the wind in the third quarter," Osceola coach George Palmer said. "Then they had the short punt and we got it in."
The Warriors, using excellent field position all night, drove 52 yards on their first series of the fourth quarter. Sandy (123 yards on 23 carries) went the final six yards after David Peleshuck set him up with a 43-yard run inside the Dunedin 10.