Seminole's Terrell Jackson scored from 2 yards out with 22 seconds left in the game to spoil Tarpon Springs' homecoming, 17-10. Greg Jones and the Seminole air attack racked up 269 yards passing.
Play of the game: Midway through the third quarter, Tarpon Springs kicker Matt Leto kicked a 53-yard field goal, the longest in Pinellas County this season.
Players of the game: Greg Jones completed 17 passes to seven different receivers. He also intercepted a pass on the last play of the game. Kevin McNamee scored the Warhawks' other touchdown and kicked both points after and a field goal. For Tarpon Springs, Henry Murray had 102 yards rushing and recovered a fumble on defense.
Key statistic: Tarpon Springs was flagged 10 times for 120 yards.
They said it: "I thought we helped out and picked each other up tonight," Jones said. "This was a big win against a team with a great football tradition."
_ BOB PUTNAM
Boca Ciega 17, Countryside 6
CLEARWATER __ Boca Ciega (4-4) broke a three-game losing streak Friday night with a 17-6 victory over the Countryside Cougars. Deon Jackson rushed for both Pirates' touchdowns and led the visitors with 97 yards on the ground.
The Pirates held Countryside (2-7) to 161 yards of total offense and just five first downs. Detric Jones provided the Cougars' only offensive fireworks with a 75-yard touchdown bomb to Chris Brown early in the fourth quarter, narrowing Boca Ciega's lead to 17-6. But the Pirates' defense, led by Darren Howard and Tom Grigley, held the Cougars scoreless the rest of the way.
Play of the game: Grigley, primarily an offensive threat, made a diving interception midway through the final quarter to spoil Countryside's homecoming. His first interception led to the Pirates' initial touchdown.
Players of the game: Jones, who split duty between tailback and quarterback, rushed for 73yards and passed for 80 more. For the Pirates, Jackson carried the ball 16 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Howard made several jarring tackles and recovered a fumble for Boca Ciega.
Key statistic: The Pirates rushed for 195 yards while holding Countryside to five first downs and 83 yards on the ground.
They said it: Pirates' coach Jean Gordon: "Our kids put together some nice runs out there. After losing three straight games, we really needed this win. Defensive coach (Deane Brewin) made some key defensive changes for us this week that really paid off. Next week is St. Pete High and that may the biggest game of the season for us."
East Lake 38, Lakewood 14
ST. PETERSBURG __ A powerful, explosive running game helped visiting East Lake slowly dismantle Lakewood Friday night.
East Lake (5-3) opened with long touchdown runs on its first offensive play of each half, including a 49-yard burst Roy Manns to start the scoring.
Playing its final home game, Lakewood (3-5) was able to force a Justin Brown fumble on the first play of East Lake's next possession and followed with a 66-yard touchdown drive that tied the score at 7-7.
Manns, however, notched the second of his three touchdown runs with 3:35 to play in the second quarter and East Lake never trailed again.
Play of the game: On East Lake's first snap of the second half, Brown atoned for his fumble by rumbling 35 yards through several seemingly sure tackles on his way to the end zone.
Players of the game: Manns also scored on an 8-yard run in the second half, finishing with a game-high 148 yards on 19 carries. Brown was next with 59 yards on 6 carries. East Lake kicker Andy Goulish connected on all 7 extra point attempts and hit a 33-yard field goal.
For Lakewood, Armando Andrade showed explosive speed and good running sense in picking up 22 yards and a touchdown on his first 2 carries, but was ineffective the rest of the way. Lakewood quarterback Waymon Williams completed 6-of-10 passes for 47 yards, but was intercepted once. Shay Reed made things interesting in the third quarter with an 83-yard kickoff return.
Key statistic: Lakewood was able to stay close in the first half, mainly because East Lake lost two fumbles and was penalized 7 times for 60 yards. Lakewood was not penalized in the first half, but did ring up 78 yards on 7 flags in the second half. Ironically, East Lake was not penalized at all in the second half.
They said it: "I just let my offensive linemen do their jobs," Manns said, "and I try to do mine."
_ WARREN HART
St. Petersburg 31, Dunedin 7
DUNEDIN __ The statistics say it should have been a close contest, but St. Petersburg dominated the game with quick strikes while Dunedin drove the ball but rarely finished.
The Falcons reached at least the 50-yard line four times but lost a fumble, threw an interception and lost possession on downs twice, rendering meaningless a 318-300 total yardage advantage.
Hubert Fuller took a delayed handoff 55 yards up the middle for the Green Devils' first score. On their next possession, Jason McKillips set up Sermetrious Dennis' 2-yard touchdown run with a 41-yard dash down the left side. Dennis' 57-yard scamper in third quarter laid the foundation for his own 1-yard touchdown plunge two plays later.
Play of the game: Dunedin quarterback Sam Pitts lofted a pass to Ashley Mouzon from the Devils' 46. Mouzon adusted to the short throw and jumped for the ball at the 20 with two defensive backs who collided with each other and fell. Mouzon pranced in for his team's only score.
Players of the game: Dunedin running back Paul Mack rushed for 116 yards on 23 carries. Teammate Lee Desmond caught six passes for 68 yards. Dennis led St. Petersburg with 95 yards and two touchdowns on eight rushes. McKillips ran thrice for 63 yards, and Fuller ran 10 times for 69 yards and a score.
Key statistic: The Green Devils took more than five plays for only one of their four touchdown drives.
They said it: St. Petersburg coach Dusty Boylson on why he had eight backs carry the ball: "We need to get these guys ready for the next two weeks (against district rivals Boca Ciega and Dixie Hollins)."
Mouzon on how he shook two defenders for his touchdown reception: "I spun in the air, and they hit each other."
_ JOHN KOTSCH
Lecanto 15, CCC 13
LECANTO __ Clearwater Central Catholic came within a whisker of spoiling homecoming Friday night at Lecanto High.
The Marauders led 13-12 with four seconds to go when sophomore kicker Nathan Garcia booted a 27-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 15-13 win.
Play of the game: Junior quarterback Chris Defant ran 22 yards for a touchdown and senior Ethan Sevilla tacked on the extra point with 1:02 left in the fourth period to give the Marauders their only lead of the game at 13-12.
Players of the game: Senior Greg Sabra had a 37-yard touchdown run midway through the final quarter, enabling Central Catholic to tie the score at 6-6. Sabra accounted for 55 of the Marauders' 68 rushing yards.
Key statistic: Lecanto quarterback Todd Bandhauer set a school season passing mark with 131 yards, giving him 1,170 for the year. The previous record of 1,151 was set in 1987 by Robert O'Steen.
They said it: Marauders coach John Davis: "We need a dadgum win so bad. The kids fought hard and kicked it in gear in the fourth quarter and I'm proud of the guys. We're going to learn to win the close ones one of these days."
_ TERRY ORGAN
Osceola 42, Pinellas Park 6
SEMINOLE __ James Kirkland returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to spark the Osceola Warriors to their eighth straight victory in a romp over winless Pinellas Park.
Coming off close wins over Gibbs and Lakewood, the Warriors unleashed a fierce offense with 289 total yards and a defense that allowed just 40 rushing yards. Kirkland's dash was the first strike in a big-play game for Osceola.
Play of the game: Kirkland took the kickoff, broke for his right sideline, cut to the other sideline, leaped the last defender and scored. He got a key block from Alvin Mathis.
Players of the game: Jason Herzog returned a blocked punt 27 yards for a score. Hassan Lang, the county's third-leading rusher, gained 69 yards and scored twice, then sat out the second half. Rob Lancaster fired a 29-yard TD pass to Michael Dorn for the Patriots' only score.
Key statistic: Anthony Smith, Mathis and Herzog led a defense that allowed 8 rushing yards in the first half. Quarterback Bryan Freese completed five passes, two for touchdowns.
They said it: "Players were bouncing off each other like a pinball machine, and that's where I made my cuts," said Kirkland of his kickoff return.
_ PHIL GULICK
N'side Christian 62, IRC 0
LARGO __ Northside Christian did what everyone expected it to do in its Friday night game against Indian Rocks Christian at Seminole High School; romp to a big victory.
With senior quarterback Justin Klinger doing all the throwing, the Mustangs (6-2) passed for 340 yards on a 13-for-15 performance against the second-year Eagles (1-7). Todd Clark caught seven passes for 148 yards, and David York added 108 to his county-leading total 717 going into the game.
Player of the game: Klinger boosted his season passing record with a five-touchdown performance and no interceptions.
Stats of the Game: Klinger also boosted his season record to 93 completions in 159 attempts for 1,517 yards and 17 touchdowns.
What they said: "We just prepared like we prepare for everyone," Northside coach Bob Dare said. "We have to be prepared for anything."_ JACK HOUGHTELING