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Sat. October 26, 2013 | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

Pinellas: Sunday Morning QB

Times’ super 7

1. East Lake (8-0, 4-0): Eagles clinched their third straight district title and are the only undefeated team left in the county after beating Pinellas Park 42-12. 

2. Clearwater Central Catholic (7-1, 4-0): The Marauders clinched their second straight district title with a 44-3 victory over Admiral Farragut.

3. Largo (6-2, 2-0): The Packers were unable to carry over the momentum from last week’s thriller in a 28-14 loss to Lake Gibson in a non-district game.  

4. Pinellas Park (7-1, 3-1): Though they lost to East Lake in a battle of unbeatens, the Patriots still are alive for the playoffs. 

5. Lakewood (6-2, 4-0): Clinched their first district title since 2002 with a 46-21 victory over Tarpon Springs. 

6. Countryside (6-2, 3-1): Struggled for a half before putting away Seminole in a 35-21 victory that keeps the Cougars in the hunt for a playoff berth. 

7. Indian Rocks Christian (7-2, 6-0): After clinching the district title a week ago, the Golden Eagles worked on their passing game to put up big numbers in a 55-14 win over Keswick Christian.


Top five performances

1. Donterio Fowler, RB, Northeast: Fowler praised his offensive line, but much of his 195 yards against Tarpon Springs was due to pure speed. Fowler carved up the Spongers’ defense and scored three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 46-21 win. He has clearly emerged as Lakewood’s top running threat.

2. Artavis Scott, ATH, East Lake: It took about a quarter of play, but once Scott got going he was electric, especially on sweeps as he ran for 107 yards on eight carries and had 39 yards receiving on two receptions. His touchdown runs of 19 and 31 yards in the second and third quarters helped the Eagles put the game away against Pinellas Park.

3. Jamil Morris, RB, Osceola: The bruising back scored all three of the Warriors touchdowns against Palm Harbor University, including one in the fourth quarter that tied it and set up the winning two-point conversion in a 22-21 victory.

4. Ra’Quanne Dickens, RB, Seminole: Though he didn’t score a touchdown, Dickens ran for 228 yards against Countryside, the most yards the Cougars defense has given up to one running back all season. Dickens’ running helped set up Aaron Dever’s three touchdown passes. 

5. Keith Harrington, RB, Northeast:  Northeast and Clearwater have had forgettable seasons, but after a 41-34 win over the Tornadoes, the Vikings’ season will be less forgettable. Harrington gained 129 yards and scored four touchdowns to ensure his team would at least win once this season. 


Playoff picture

This week the final district games of the regular season will be played, and there are plenty that still have playoff aspirations. Here is a breakdown of the games and postseason possibilities in each district.

Class 8A, District 7

The games: Palm Harbor University (4-4, 0-2) at Bradenton Manatee (7-0, 2-0); St. Petersburg (6-2, 1-1) at Sarasota Riverview (5-2, 1-1) 

Champion: Manatee

Runnerup: The winner of St. Petersburg-Riverview


Class 7A, District 9

The games: Countryside (6-2, 3-1) at Pinellas Park (7-1, 3-1); Clearwater (0-8, 0-4) at Seminole (2-7, 1-3); Northeast (1-7, 1-3) at East Lake (8-0, 4-0)

Champion: East Lake

Runnerup: The winner of Countryside-Pinellas Park


Class 6A, District 7

The games: Venice (6-2, 1-1) at Osceola (6-3, 0-1); Dixie Hollins (2-6, 0-2) at Largo (6-2, 2-0)

Champion: Largo

Runnerup: The winner of Venice-Osceola


Class 5A, District 8

The games: Boca Ciega (2-6, 1-2) at Tarpon Springs (4-4, 2-1); Gibbs (3-5, 1-2) at Dunedin (1-7, 0-3); Lakewood (6-2, 4-0) at Jacksonville Raines (6-2, 4-0)

The champion: Lakewood

Runnerup: Tarpon Springs with win

Shootout: With Boca Ciega, Tarpon Springs and Gibbs for runnerup spot if Boca Ciega and Gibbs win.


Class 3A, District 5

The games: St. Petersburg Catholic (5-3, 2-1) at Calvary Christian (5-3, 1-2); CCC (7-1, 4-0) at IMG Academy (7-1); Shorecrest (2-5, 0-3) at Admiral Farragut (4-3, 1-2)

Champion: CCC

Runnerup: St. Petersburg Catholic with win

Shootout: With Admiral Farragut, Calvary and SPC for runnerup spot if Admiral Farragut and Calvary win.


Class 2A, District 5

The games: Northside Chr. (3-5, 2-3) at Carrollwood Day (6-3, 4-1); Canterbury (7-2, 3-2) at Cambridge (4-4, 2-3); Keswick (0-9, 0-5) at Bradenton Christian (4-5, 1-4); Indian Rocks Christian (7-2, 6-0) is off.

Champion: Indian Rocks Christian

Runnerup: Carrollwood Day



“We’re district champions. That means in the playoffs, teams have to come through 54.’’ Lakewood coach Cory Moore, addressing his team after their district-clinching win over Tarpon Springs. The 54 refers to 54th Ave. S., which is where Lakewood is located.


Photo: The Palm Harbor University High School football team invited residents from Freedom Inn Countryside Assisted living facility to watch Friday's game against Osceola.  Courtesy of Susan Jones



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