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Versatile Vikings stymie Packers as Styles shines

The Northeast Vikings' offense is so diverse, anyone can be the leader on a given night.

Friday night was senior Germico Styles' turn. He averaged 23.2 yards every time he touched the ball to help spoil Largo's homecoming 16-0.

Styles' impressive resume included 81 yards on 4 wide receiver reverses, a punt return for 35 yards, and a fourth-quarter interception to seal the shutout.

"We've got so many weapons, anyone can be the star," said Styles after the Vikings' (7-1) third straight win. "Tonight, the holes just happened to be there when it was my turn to run."

The Northeast defense also shone, frustrating the smaller Packers all night. Largo managed just one first down in the first half and never penetrated past the Vikings' 30-yard line the entire contest.

Said Packer head coach Jim Casey: "We did a nice job on defense, but our offensive line simply wasn't big enough to create the holes we needed."

Northeast shut down Largo's Lakenji Cooper, Pinellas County's fourth-leading rusher, holding him to 17 yards on 9 carries. Junior Ray Knighton managed 85 on 12 carries to lead the Packers (3-5).

Nathan Brinkley opened the Vikings' scoring with a 5-yard run with 3:08 remaining in the first quarter. Following a Largo punt, Northeast went 34 yards on 6 plays to set up Tim Aldrich's 35-yard field goal, boosting Northeast's lead to 10. The drive was keyed by a 24-yard Styles reverse.

On the next series, Styles fielded a punt on the hop and raced 35 yards to the Largo 20. A face mask call moved the ball to the Packers' 10. On 4th and goal from the 6, sophomore Carl Jordan hit junior Ken Watson on six-yard scoring pass to make the score 16-0. Jordan and Watson teamed up four times on the evening for 61 yards.

"We had a complete team effort tonight," said Northeast head coach Jerry Austin. "Our kids showed we deserve the record we have."

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