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Devils strike late to shock Dunedin

Published Aug. 28, 2005

Jared Palleti threw a touchdown pass to Ferrell McGee with just under two minutes remaining as St. Petersburg pulled off the biggest upset in recent memory, winning 14-10 over Dunedin on Thursday.

McGee leaped for Paletti's pass and came down on a defender in the back of end zone for the Green Devils, who had been outscored by Dunedin 96-15 their last two meetings, one of the games being a preseason classic at Tropicana Field.

McGee's catch capped a furious final drive for the Devils, who trailed 10-8 thanks to a safety when a snap sailed through Paletti's hands in the fourth quarter.

On the drive, Todd St. Louis, the son of the Green Devil coach, caught an 18-yard pass on fourth-and-11.

After the Green Devils failed on a 2-point try, Dunedin tried one final rally. "It was the Theo Wilson Show from there," said St. Petersburg coach Todd St. Louis.

But Green Devil defensive ends Tyler Hendry and Durand Kent were up to the challenge, staying wide to keep the dangerous Falcon quarterback at bay.

"They shut him down," St. Louis said. "Those were our defensive players of the game right there."

The victory over Dunedin, ranked No. 1 in Pinellas County at the start of the season , was one of the biggest in his four years at St. Petersburg. It was the school's first win over a north county team since 2001, and it is off to its first 2-1 start since 1996.

Neither team was able to get any consistency going on offense. Dunedin scored 30 seconds before halftime when Wilson hit Shrome Hargrove for a touchdown, and another Wilson pass for two points made it 8-0 at halftime.

St. Petersburg tied it midway through the third quarter when Paletti threw a stop-and-go 40-yard touchdown strike to Donald Bowens. St. Louis, who had 36 yards rushing, ran in the two-point attempt to tie the game at 8-all.

Dunedin (1-2) has lost two straight for the first time since 2001.