Friday night was supposed to be the Theo Wilson Show at Dunedin Memorial Stadium, but someone forgot to tell Largo's Dexter McCluster.
When the big play needed to be made, the junior running back and Times Player of the Week did it.
His 36-yard touchdown on a short middle screen pass reception with 38 seconds left in the first half gave Largo the lead for good at 21-20, and when Wilson finally made his move McCluster had an answer. Or two.
In the fourth quarter, he sandwiched 45- and 80-yard touchdown runs around a Wilson touchdown pass, giving him 145 yards rushing for the quarter as Largo held on to win 44-42.
"If we could have just stopped one of those, we could have been right back in the game," Dunedin coach Mark Everett said. "Instead, he broke our backs."
Just like Everett thought he might. The Largo back is no stranger to the Falcons _ his cousins are former Dunedin standouts Justin, Brandon and Britan Glenn. But knowing what's coming and stopping it are two different things.
"I don't think our defense got tired, I just think Dexter picked it up," Everett said. "He hits the hole hard and he has a ton of heart.
"I think we need to get a little bit better. But I think Dexter can make any defense look bad."
Fittingly, McCluster, all alone on the nearside of the field, fielded Dunedin's last-gasp onside kick attempt. He took the ball and raced down the sidelines and into the end zone but stepped out of bounds back at the 30 by just a smidgen.
Finally, for Dunedin, a little fourth quarter mercy.
_ JOHN C. COTEY, Times staff writer