Northeast didn't get worse. Countryside could be that good.
Despite a sloppy five-fumble first half, the Cougars rushed for 226 yards and allowed just 137 total yards in a 37-6 Class 4A, District 6 win over Gulf one week after upsetting Northeast.
Tom Cantillo's 129 yards on 13 carries was the key.
"We call him "Foxhole,' " Countryside coach Joe Ionata said. "He's the kid you want to be in a foxhole with."
Gulf opened the game with a successful onside kick. After four and out and a 25-minute lightning delay, Countryside marched to the Buc 1-yard line but fumble.
On the next play, the Cougar defense swarmed the Gulf running back for a safety.
Kyle Wolfinbarger got things going for Countryside on the first play of the second quarter when he connected with Alvaro Muente for a 62-yard touchdown pass. Later, Wolfinbarger threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Adam Kauten for a 16-0 lead.
On Countryside's second possession of the second half, Cantillo scored on a 12-yard touchdown run. Then after J.J. Illarazza blocked a Gulf punt, Wolfinbarger threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Corey Reardon.
Gulf didn't make a first down until midway through the fourth quarter. Ramiel Martinez scored its only touchdown on a 6-yard run.