"You proved to the rest of the county tonight that you are not just a bunch of nerds."
That is what coach Dusty Boylson told his exuberant St. Petersburg squad at the post-game celebration of their rain-swept 7-0 victory over Gibbs Friday night at Newton Williams Memorial Field.
It was the first win in two years for SPHS, one of the county's specialized schools with tougher standards and curriculum. The Green Devils are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in 4A District 10 play, while Gibbs falls to 0-4 and 0-2.
Ironically, Gibbs' only victory last year was at the expense of St. Petersburg, which finished 0-10.
The Green Devils scored the only touchdown of the game on their first possession, a 40-yard drive entirely on the ground, with sophomore running back Tias Climes sweeping left end for 11 yards and the score. Barry Markey added the extra point.
After that, the game turned into miscues, as Gibbs fumbled seven times, losing three, and St. Petersburg's ground offense was stymied by the Gibbs defense and penalties.
Gibbs' county-leading passing combination of Shaun King to Terrance Frazier was shut out completly and King was able to complete just two of 10 attempts, one each to Ron Fluker and Byronton Jackson, for a total of 35 yards.
Climes was the workhorse for the Green Devils, with 29 carries for 58 yards, as SPHS kept the ball almost entirely on the ground, attempting just two passes.