Just when it looked like Dunedin (0-3) was poised to tie, Pinellas Park (2-1) sealed the deal with a 55-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
On a pivotal fourth-down play late in the fourth quarter, Dunedin quarterback Ryan Singer found receiver Joe James across the middle, setting up a first down at the Pinellas Park 35. On the subsequent first down, Singer's toss sailed past his running back and bounced around a bit before being scooped up by Pinellas Park defensive back Kenny Hunter.
Hunter returned the fumble all the way for a game-clinching score.
Singer finished 12-of-26 for 104 yards, but fumbled twice in the fourth. Running back Kion Samuels was the team's leading rusher, with 87 yards on eight attempts.
Michael Smith led the way offensively for the Patriots, gaining 78 yards on 16 rushes, and scoring on a 6-yard run in the second.
"We had five starters out with injuries or sickness," Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford said. "We just told the team all week, they'd have to ...play together as a team. They came out and played real hard. The defense has been lock tight all year."