Dunedin junior Theo Wilson threw three touchdowns, including two to Justin Glenn, and ran for another.
The Falcons (8-1) outgained the Spongers 466-204, and though they turned it over three times, the defense held tight and allowed one touchdown. Wilson threw for 289 yards, 73 coming on a touchdown late in the second quarter to Ricky Rouse.
PLAY OF THE GAME: After Wilson's 73-yard touchdown to Rouse, Tarpon trailed 14-6 and had little going on offense. Senior Tommy Gamble, playing in his last home game, took the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown that got the home crowd on its feet.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Wilson was elusive in the backfield, constantly sidestepping defenders to pile up the yards passing.
KEY STATISTIC: Dunedin had 10 more first downs than the Spongers' nine, and the mix of deep pass, option run and draw plays had the Tarpon defense scrambling all night.
THEY SAID IT: "Theo said right before halftime that his sternum was bothering him and we weren't sure if we were going to play him in the secondhalf. He went out there and showed what a warrior he is." _ Mark Everett, Dunedin coach
_ JASON PAFUNDI
Farragut 52, Keswick Christian 14
ST. PETERSBURG _ Vince Patterson ran for more than 200 yards and scored six touchdowns to lead Admiral Farragut Academy, which clinched a playoff berth in the process.
Because the Blue Jackets play in a three-district region, two at-large berths are awarded to the teams with the best records. Northside Christian gets one, and Farragut is now 5-4 though it plays No.1 Jacksonville Trinity Christian next week. But even if the Blue Jackets lose to fall to 5-5 and District 10's Naples St. Johns Neumann wins to improve to 5-5, Admiral Farrgut wins the tiebreaker based on tougher schedule.
The Blue Jackets jumped to a 35-7 lead at halftime. The Crusaders were offered a running clock in the second half, but declined.
Although Farragut finished third in its district, it can still make the playoffs as a wild card.
_ TIMES STAFF
Dixie Hollins 21, Boca Ciega 20
ST. PETERSBURG _ With nothing but pride and a winning season on the line, Dixie Hollins (6-3) pulled one out against Boca Ciega (1-8).
PLAY OF THE GAME: With the Pirates up by six and in possession of the ball with under two minutes to play in the game, the Rebels blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. The Pirates had one last chance, trailing by one, but couldn't convert a fourth down with 58 seconds to go.
KEY STATISTIC: The Pirates and the Rebels both displayed strong running attacks. The Pirates first-half attack put up 14 points in the air and six on the ground in less than 12 minutes. While the Rebels struggled with penalties in the first half, they made up for them with an impressive secondary holding the Pirates to only 87 yards passing.
THEY SAID IT: "Sometimes it is better to be lucky than to be good." _ Dixie Hollins coach Mike Morey.
_ JERROD DOUSE
Pinellas Park 28, Palm Harbor U. 13
PALM HARBOR _ Jerrick Slocumb got his, and so did Josh Pringle, but Pinellas Park (5-4) didn't get their playoff bid. Slocumb's four rushing touchdowns and Pringle's three interceptions took care of Palm Harbor in the Patriots' 28-13 win over the host Hurricanes (3-6) despite their elimination from the postseason.
Slocumb capped the Patriots opening drive with a 10-yard score, before Palm Harbor University quarterback Mike Kampel tied the game with a 1-yard keeper after a lost fumble on the Patriots' second drive of the first quarter. Stanford Gulley broke a 7-7 tie on the Canes' first offensive series with a 5-yard score, the Canes' last of the night. Slocumb's second TD, from 3 yards out, followed by Pringle's fist interception of the night on the ensuing Palm Harbor series, put the Patriots up 14-13 into the fourth quarter. Slocumb added scoring runs of 4 yards and 80 yards and Pringle picked off two more passes in the fourth quarter.
PLAY OF THE GAME: It was the plays made after the whistle just inside Hurricane territory that took the Patriots from momentumless to 2 yards from the goal line. Palm Harbor was penalized less than half as much as Pinellas Park, but two unsportsmanlike flags propelled the Pats to their game-winning touchdown.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Slocumb's numbers are impressive, but Pringle and the Patriot defense shut down every aspect of the Hurricanes' offense, holding Palm Harbor to just 148 total yards.
KEY STATISTIC: Run oriented PHU and Standford Gulley were met at the line of scrimmage on every play. Gulley amassed just 32 yards on nine carries.
THEY SAID IT: "We shut them down when we had to." _ Patriot coach Luke Kademoff
_ ERIC MUSKATEVC
Northeast 34, Gibbs 9
ST. PETERSBURG _ Combined with a Seminole win over St. Petersburg, Northeast clinched the 5A-10 championship, with a 34-9 beating of Gibbs Friday night.
The Vikings ran their way to victory behind 238 rushing yards. Sherman Clemons led the way with 121 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Clemons added another score with a 20-yard interception return late in the fourth quarter to drive the nail in Gibbs' coffin.
Northeast's defense kept Gibbs at bay, sacking Gladiator quarterback Josh McKinnon at the 5-yard line, blocking a field goal, intercepting two passes, and forcing three fumble losses.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Northeast's only completion was a 48-yard touchdown reception by Jeremy Federick from Austin Smith early in the second quarter. Smith faked a handoff, rolled right, and found a wide open Federick near the goalline.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Northeast's Joe Gamble prevented Gibbs from gaining a huge lead over the Vikings in the first quarter by recovering two fumbles inside the redzone. Late in the game, Gamble intercepted a pass, once again inside the 20, stopping a Gladiator rally. Gibbs' Kevin Williams led the Gladiators with 41 yards rushing, and added a 43-yard touchdown from a screen pass in the fourth quarter.
KEY STATISTIC: Smith only attempted one other pass.
THEY SAID IT: "We just had one of them situations where you had to do things you had to do. I'm just glad the district championship is back where it is supposed to be." _ Northeast coach Jerry Austin after winning his 182nd game as head coach of the Vikings.
_ CHARLES CARDWELL
CCC 23, Cardinal Mooney 6
CLEARWATER _ CCC came up with 20 unanswered points in the second half and clinched the district championship. CCC (7-2) struck 45 seconds into the third when Riley Cooper went 55 yards on a punt return and a 9-6 lead.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Eric Falla's interception for the Marauders in the third led to a touchdown by Paul Raven and a 17-6 lead.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Raven and Bobby Floyd combined for 119 yards on 27 carries. Sarasota Cardinal Mooney's Kyle Wetzel had 124 yards on 21 carries.
KEY STATISTIC: The Marauders defense made the Cougars offense go three and out on three straight possessions to start the second half.
THEY SAID IT: "It was very special to clinch the district championship on our homefield, and now we are ready to host the first round of the playoffs." _ coach Mike Jalazo
_ CARMINO IMONDI
SPC 42, Tampa Catholic 14
ST. PETERSBURG _ St. Petersburg Catholic clinched the runner-up spot in Class 2B, District 6.
The Barons will travel to 2B-5 champion Fort Pierce John Carroll in the first round of the playoffs.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Deondrea Lindsey had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown, his second this season.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Lindsey again showed why he might be the county's most dangerous and versatile back. He scored on his punt return, a 10-yard pass (his sixth receiving touchdown this year) and two carries (his eighth and ninth rushing scores of the year). Lindsey finished with 144 yards on 10 carries.
KEY STATISTIC: The Barons defense held Tampa Catholic to under 150 yards offense and gave up the Crusaders second touchdown on the last play.
_ JOHN C. COTEY
Seminole 37, St. Petersburg 17
ST. PETERSBURG _ Seminole clinched a 5A-10 playoff berth and finished 3-1 in the district.
Seminole, which clinched the runner-up spot, took the lead early on Lyndon Rowells' 15-yard reception from Devin Collins. The play completed a nine-play, 52-yard drive. The Warhawks added two more scores in the first half to take a 21-0 lead.
The Green Devils cut into the lead, and appeared to gain some momentum, on a William Criswell 47 yard field goal before halftime. But the Green Devils got no closer as Rowells gave the Warhawks a 24-point lead on a 19-yard run, his second score of the game.
PLAY OF THE GAME: On the play after Colby Erskin intercepted Jared Paletti, Erskin found a hole and rushed 97 yards for the score, the game's longest play.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Seminole _ Erskin (seven carries, 166 yards, two scores), Rowells (12 carries, 84 yards, two scores). St. Petersburg _ Don Bowens (eight catches, 124 yards), Paletti (five carries, 23 yards and a touchdown).
KEY STATISTIC: Seminole outrushed St. Petersburg 357-79. Seminole's defense forced the Green Devils to pass for most of the game.
THEY SAID IT: "We knew we had to come in and take the lead because St. Petersburg has good athletes. I'm really proud of our kids and coaching staff." _ Seminole coach Sam Roper.
_ AARON THOMAS
Indian Rocks Chr. 38, Cambridge 20
TAMPA _ At Jefferson High, Indian Rocks Christian ran its record to 4-5 with a win over first-year Cambridge. The Golden Eagles blew the game open in the second half.
The Lancers fell to 3-5.
IRC led 10-6 at the half but used its experience to distance itself in the third and fourth quarters.
_ TIMES STAFF
Northside Chr. 39, Temple Heights 6
ST. PETERSBURG _ Northside Christian used its stingy defense and versatile running game to earn itself an old-fashioned Homecoming rout. The Mustangs had three different players with at least 60 yards and quarterback Bobby Dare ran for two scores.
PLAY OF THE GAME: With 2:48 left in the game, Dare hit receiver Tim Devlin over the middle between two defenders for a 30-yard touchdown answering the Eagles only score.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Northside's Erik Anderson scored on both sides of the ball in the first half giving the Mustangs a 12-point lead they would never relinquish. He ended the game with 79 yards on 17 carries.
KEY STATISTIC: Northside Christian outrushed Temple Heights 275 yards to 32.
_ JEREMY WRITT