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Sat. November 9, 2013 | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

Times’ super 7

1. East Lake (10-0): With a 54-0 dismantling of St. Petersburg, the Eagles finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in school history.

2. Largo (8-2): Despite missing a few stars on offense, the Packers cruise to a 42-14 win over rival Countryside.

3. Pinellas Park (9-1): Running game comes up big in a 52-0 victory over Dunedin that helps the Patriots tie 1984 team for second-best record in school history.

4. Clearwater Central Catholic (8-2): The Marauders bounce back from last week’s loss to beat Anclote 37-14 in regular-season finale.

5. Lakewood (7-3): Mayor’s Cup stays with the Spartans after a 51-7 victory over Northeast that allowed Lakewood starters to rest in fourth quarter.

6. Tarpon Springs (6-4): The Spongers beat Dixie Hollins 63-32, marking second straight week Tarpon has scored 60 or more points.

7. Indian Rocks Christian (8-2): After starting 0-2, the Golden Eagles win eight straight after 34-14 victory over Calvary Christian.

 

Top five performers

1. Donavan Hale, QB, Largo: Hale threw five touchdowns and completed 18 of 22 passes against Countryside. And just for good measure, Hale ran for a TD as well.

2. Michael Ford, RB, Tarpon Springs: Ford gained 167 yards on just eight carries and scored four touchdowns in a 63-32 win over Dixie Hollins. He also caught two passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.

3. Devin Abraham, DB, East Lake: Abraham continues to be a menace on defense and special teams. He blocked a punt, ran a fake punt 39 yards and broke up a pass against St. Petersburg.

4. Tyler Kaminski, QB, Palm Harbor University: The senior closed out his high school career running for three touchdowns and throwing for two more in a 56-40 victory over Gibbs.

5. Damian King, ATH, Indian Rocks Christian: The versatile playmaker scored three touchdowns against Calvary Christian to give him 20 for the season (10 rushing, eight receiving, two kick returns).

 

Run, run, run

How much is Pinellas County reliant on the ground game? Two teams, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg Catholic, each have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. The Patriots’ Pierre Johnson and Donte Maxson each hit that plateau in the regular-season finale, as did the Barons’ Jacquan Fuller and Tony Jones.

 

Lakewood is kicking again

When Lakewood lost kicker Lawrence Growney a few weeks ago to what coach Cory Moore called “undisclosed discipline problems,” the Spartans were forced to go for two points after every touchdown.

But one day during practice, Moore saw a soccer player kicking on the other side of the football field. He asked Jimmy Faulks if he would like to try kicking for the football team.

Faulks made four extra points and an 18-yard field goal against Northeast.

“He made a 48-yarder in practice,’’ Moore said. “I saw him on the soccer field and I thought ‘Oh my goodness.’ We needed a kicker in the worst way and we got us one.’’

 

Perfect again

East Lake defensive coordinator Darius Holtzclaw has been at the school since it opened 27 years ago. He left Pinellas Park to coach at East Lake and has seen plenty of wins and losses. In 1983, he was a coach during the Patriots’ 10-0 season. It took him 31 seasons to coach another perfect team. That’s why East Lake players sought out Holtzclaw after Friday’s win over St. Petersburg to douse him with water. He can only hope this season ends better than in 1983 when the Patriots lost to Lakeland in the first round.

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