ST. PETERSBURG — There was talk all summer that Boca Ciega might be one of the most improved teams in the area. But due to bad weather the past two weeks, the Pirates weren't able to prove it.Finally, on Friday night they got to take the field against Countryside, and they proved they can play.Boca Ciega scored three straight touchdowns in the second half to break open a tie game and defeat the Cougars 39-27. Osby Green, David Dawson and Dsoni Ross combined for 257 rushing yards and four touchdowns."This is a huge win for us,'' Boca Ciega coach Max Smith told his team after the game. "That team goes to the playoffs every year. And they'll win seven, eight, nine games this year. And it was a team effort. Offense and defense.''With the scored tied at 20 to start the second half, Countryside moved the ball to Boca Ciega's 15-yard line. But a personal foul penalty and two incomplete passes ended the long drive with no points.The Pirates made that hurt. They put together a nine-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard run from Dawson.That made the score 27-20. It stayed that way into the fourth. On a fourth-and-goal play from the 10, Boca Ciega attempted a 27-yard field goal. The kick was blocked and the Cougars returned it for an apparent score. But a penalty was called for roughing the kicker.Ross scored two plays later from the 1 to make it 33-20.On Countryside's next play, Letayveon Beaton intercepted a Derek Jenkins pass and returned it 54 yards for a score to make it 39-20.The Cougars tacked on a touchdown late in the quarter and recovered the onside kick, but they could not get another touchdown."We're 1-0,'' Smith said. "I don't know the last time this school has been able to say they are 1-0. And from last year that's three in a row. Let's build on that.''The first half was full of offensive highlights for both teams. On its first possession, Countryside went 40 yards in five plays. The drive ended on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins to Reece Metheney on third and 10 that made it 6-0. The extra point kick failed.The Pirates answered with a six-play, 50-yard drive. Ross had the big run in that drive, a 21-yarder that made it first and goal. Green capped the drive two plays later with a 1-yard quarterback sneak to make it 7-6.It then became 14-6 late in the first quarter when Ross broke a 45 yard touchdown run on first and 20. Ross had 74 yards rushing in the first half.But Troy Reeves' 6-yard run early in the second cut the lead to 14-12. Countryside was driving late in the second quarter, but the Cougars fumbled and Landrick Johnson returned it 54 yards for a Pirates touchdown to make it 20-12.With 35 seconds left in the half, Countryside tied it at 20 when Jenkins ran in a touchdown from 5 yards out and also converted on the two-point play with a run. The key in that drive was a 40-yard pass from Jenkins to Royce Prescott.