Blowouts. Routs. One-sided affairs. Whatever you prefer you to call them, there were plenty of lopsided games in opening week. Northeast won by 47. Largo won by 34. Lakewood did, too. In fact, there were only three games decided by less than a touchdown.
1. Largo (1-0): The Packers showed they are still the class of the county by dismantling Dunedin 40-6.
2. Lakewood (1-0): The Spartans showed off a power running game and a smothering defense in big victory over Gibbs.
3. Tarpon Springs (1-0): After a slow start, the Spongers poured it on against rival Palm Harbor University.
4. Countryside (1-0): The Cougars offense can put up points but the secondary has to prove it can stop someone.
5. St. Petersburg (1-0): The Green Devils eked out a win against East Lake by blocking a field goal as time expired.
6. Northeast (1-0): The Vikings can be explosive and showed it with 34 points in the second quarter of a blowout against Dixie Hollins.
7. East Lake (0-1): The Eagles hung tough against a bona fide contender and had a chance to beat the Green Devils at the end.
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Offensive player of the week
Adrian Golden, Tarpon Springs
The Spongers' running back had a quite a debut with 11 touches for 285 all-purpose yards (133 rushing, 59 receiving and 83 in returns) against rival Palm Harbor University. And he scored in a variety of ways with touchdowns on a run, reception and kickoff return.
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Defensive player of the week
Mike Douglas, Largo
The Packers' pass rusher created havoc in Dunedin's backfield, pressuring Falcons quarterback Ryan Singer into hurried throws, two of which resulted in picks by Jamarious Boatwright. Douglas didn't stop there. He had two sacks and also recorded a safety by tackling a Dunedin running back in the end zone.
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|Week 1 notables|
|Allen Battle, Dunedin||He had two receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown and also had an interception.|
|Jamarious Boatwright, Largo||He made big plays on both sides of the ball with two receptions for touchdowns and two interceptions.|
|Shaquille Bradford, Boca Ciega||Fleet-footed quarterback nearly led Pirates back from late 22-point deficit after going 18-for-36 for 229 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Also carried 12 times for 72 yards.|
|Nick Cleckner, Pinellas Park||Returned a punt 62 yards to give the Patriots an early 7-0 lead in their first win since 2007.|
|Daryl Copeland, Northeast||Scored two second-quarter touchdowns in NortheastÕs blowout win over Dixie Hollins and averaged more than 13 yards a carry (123 yards, nine rushes).|
|William Griswold, Countryside||Cougars kicker was 2-for-2 on field goals including a 45-yarder. Also went 4-for-4 on extra points.|
|D.J. Key, Largo||The running back led the team with 140 yards rushing against Dunedin.|
|Chris McKay, St. Petersburg Catholic||Completed 17 of 23 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns in a narrow loss to Berkeley Prep.|
|Tyler Ostheim, Indian Rocks Christian||Behind OstheimÕs 158 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, Golden EaglesÕ running game picked up where it left off last season.|
|Bernard Reedy, Lakewood||The SpartansÕ top runner gained 161 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns.|
|Mario Riley, Clearwater||Had only 34 yards rushing but scored three touchdowns in TornadoesÕ rout of Seminole.|
|Alex Skinner, Largo||The Packers quarterback threw for 180 yards and four touchdowns against Dunedin.|
|Julian Smith, St. Petersburg Catholic||Snagged four passes for 138 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown.|
|Alton Taylor, Countryside||Was the CougarsÕ main workhouse in their victory over Boca Ciega after carrying 29 times for 212 yards and four touchdowns.|
|Jarvis West, Gibbs||The GladiatorsÕ top playmaker had two receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.|
|Jamaal Wilburn, East Lake||Had a 24-yard touchdown run and gained 155 total yards on 28 attempts.|