Largo celebrated a delayed homecoming Monday night, but Northeast coach Jerry Austin was crowned king.
King of Pinellas County football coaches, that is.
When the Vikings stomped the Packers 48-6 in a game delayed three days because of Friday's heavy rains, Austin earned his 131st coaching win.
That bypassed his mentor, Earle Brown, and made him the winningest high school football coach in Pinellas County history.
Not that Austin, now in his 19th year at the Northeast helm, thought much about it. He didn't even take home a game ball.
"Well," he said with a little grin, "we're going to concentrate on getting ready for Friday's game."
Indeed. The Vikings won Monday's game in the same style they have churned through most of eight others this year _ by splattering the opponent like a bug on a windshield.
"We were like a JV team playing a very good varsity team tonight," Packers coach Jim Casey said. "It was just a physical mismatch."
Austin was the king of the game, but senior tailback Zantrelle Walton was the prince. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound lightning bolt pulled a hat trick in the first half, scoring on runs of 14, 2 and 4 yards to help make it a 35-6 mismatch at the half.
Bryce Jagel (17-yard run) and Brian Houston (35-yard fumble return) also scored in the opening stanza.
"I think we just had a few more athletes than they did," Austin said.
Largo crammed into Northeast territory in the second half, but three turnovers doomed the Packers.
Jermaine Gamble and Nathaniel Holmes rounded out Northeast's scoring after halftime.
Largo's only score came on its first series of the game. Senior Desmon Newton, the Packers' homecoming king, dashed 32 yards down the right side to tie it at 6.
"It was a good test for (our) kids _ to see who stuck in there and who didn't," Casey said.
Jesuit cruises in 4A-12
TAMPA _ Behind William Glover's 203 first-half rushing yards and quarterback Gary Godsey's 6-for-6 passing, Jesuit chalked up a 42-0 homecoming win over Class 4A-District 12 opponent Palm Harbor University.
All the Tigers need for their second straight district title is a win Friday over Blake.
"We're playing to get into the state playoffs," said Jesuit head coach Dominick Ciao.
Like first-year Wharton _ the recipient of a 57-0 Jesuit drubbing last week _ PHU proved to be little more than a ripple on the Tigers' district cruise.
The Hurricanes (3-5, 2-3) managed just 46 yards for the game and had minus-1 yard in the first half. The Tigers, meanwhile, motored up and down the field.
Glover carried the ball just 15 times and scored three touchdowns _ 57, 41, and 17 yards. Godsey had on a pair of touchdown passes, a 15-yarder to Lenny Williams and a 4-yarder to Burlin Peace. Mike Martin also ran for a 40-yard score.
With the Tigers (5-2, 4-0) up 42-0 at the half, Ciao gave Godsey and Glover the rest of the night off. Jesuit still had 401 yards of offense. On the down side, the Tigers were whistled for 150 yards of penalties.
The closest PHU would get to the end zone was in the fourth quarter when the Hurricanes drove to the Jesuit 27 with 4:24 left. But Ryan Saul threw an interception, which was returned 55 yards by Mike Cliggit. Jesuit then ran out the clock.
_ ERIC RANGUS