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Tarpon Springs 35, PHU 0

Tarpon Springs posted its second consecutive shutout, while quarterback Matt Selby threw three touchdown passes. Montell Gamble and Steve Bennett combined to return a blocked punt for another score, while the defense held the Hurricanes to 66 yards of total offense.

Tarpon Springs (3-0) will prepare to face district foe and county powerhouse Largo Tuesday night.

Justin Ross, who started at quarterback for Tarpon before switching to wide receiver late in the first quarter, caught two touchdown passes (17 and 61 yards), and Gamble was on the receiving end of the third Sponger passing touchdown.

Palm Harbor defensive tackle Ted Larson, one of the best in Pinellas County, had a strong effort for the Hurricanes.

PLAY OF THE GAME: In the first quarter, after a Gamble fumbled punt gave PHU a first down on the Sponger 19, the defense held, forcing the 'Canes to punt. Tarpon blocked the punt and Gamble scooped it up and headed down the sideline. As he was being pushed out of bounds, he lateraled to Bennett, who ran the final 15 yards into the end zone.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Selby, Tarpon Springs. Seeing the first significant varsity action of his career, Selby threw touchdown passes of 17, 61 and 30 yards. He showed toughness and poise and completed 6-of-10 passes for 164 yards.

THEY SAID IT: "We've been switching Matt and Justin around at quarterback all season, and tonight it worked out. It's nice to have Justin out there at wide receiver. It's a nice luxury to have." _ Sponger coach Don Davis.

_ JASON PAFUNDI, Times correspondent

Seminole 34, Pinellas Park 7

PINELLAS PARK _ The Warhawks, behind 20 unanswered second-half points, outmanned the Patriots to rebound from two early-season losses.

Seminole (1-2) began the scoring on an 11-play, 66-yard drive highlighted by Ryan Catazaro's 3-yard plunge into the end zone. After failing to score in nine quarters, Pinellas Park (0-3) tied it with 8:26 left in the second quarter on a 90-yard reverse by David Potts. After Patriots quarterback Dominic Bell fumbled at the Pinellas Park 45, the Warhawks took the lead on a 22-yard run by Colby Erskin. Early in the third, Seminole's nine-play, 61-yard drive culminated in a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Devin Collins. Seminole iced it on a 74-yard scoring run by Lyndon Rowells with 9:01 left.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Rowells and Catazaro had 151 of the Warhawks' 304 rushing yards. Rowells finished with 81 yards on three carries, and Catazaro rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries.

KEY STATISTIC: Pinellas Park has been outscored 108-7 in its three losses.

_ CARMINO IMONDI, Times correspondent

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