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Clearwater scores 38 unanswered points to prevail

Pinellas Park seems in control up 24-0 before the Tornadoes’ passing game gets clicking.
High school football teams from around Tampa Bay were in action Friday night. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
High school football teams from around Tampa Bay were in action Friday night. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]
Published Oct. 5, 2019

PINELLAS PARK — Latrez Bradley scored the go-ahead touchdown with 41.2 seconds remaining as Clearwater scored 38 unanswered points in the second half to beat Pinellas Park 38-24 in a wild non-district game Friday night.

Clearwater (4-2) trailed 24-0 at halftime, but rallied behind two touchdown passes from Rent Montie. His 2-yard touchdown pass to Cardrece Mobley and two-point conversion pass, also to Mobley, tied the score at 24-24 early in the fourth quarter.

“Obviously going into halftime we made about every mistake we could make,” Tornadoes coach Don Mesick said. “We couldn’t afford to give them short fields and we did, they scored. The second half was more conventional. We got them pinned in and got some turnovers.”

The winning drive was eventful enough to have its own story. After a short gain on reception, Mobley was tackled hard after the whistle, and Pinellas Park was flagged for unnecessary roughness. Mobley, however, responded to the tackle and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, then removed his helmet, earning him a second unsportsmanlike conduct and an ejection. Mesick disputed the second flag and was flagged himself.

The end result turned a second and 8 at the Pinellas Park 28 into a first and 10 at the Clearwater 40. But the Tornadoes settled down and the passing game got going. Montie connected with Keedrik Murray for a 20-yard gain and Marcus Jeter had a couple of nice runs to get deep into Pinellas Park territory. On third and 3 from the Patriots 5, Bradley scored on a run up the middle.

“Unbelievable second half for the offense to score 31 points after being shut out in the first half,” Mesick said. “A lot of clutch plays were made down the stretch by a lot of clutch players.”

Montie threw a touchdown pass to Marquvion Jeter in the third quarter and rushed for a two-point conversion. Marcus Jeter also had a touchdown run.

Pinellas Park (3-3) had its three-game win streak ended. The Patriots got first-half touchdown runs from Lawrance Toafili, Cameron Kier and Brandon Brearley along with a 37-yard field goal from Robert Myrick.

“We played a half of football and that’s it; you can’t win games like that,” Patriots coach Kenny Crawford said. “We got a little confident, a little complacent and that’s what it is. They’re a good football team and I think we were a little enamored by our own performance in the first half and in the second we couldn’t do anything.”

On the Patriots’ final possession Brearley was intercepted by Chendrick Cann, who returned it 12 yards for a touchdown.

After the touchdown, a player from Pinellas Park climbed into the stands to confront some fans. Law enforcement interceded to separate the player from the group of fans. The commotion forced the officiating crew to end the game with 16 seconds left.

“It was a bunch of extra nonsense that was not necessary,” Crawford said. “We did not act like we needed to. Both sidelines probably didn’t handle a few things well tonight.”


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  2. Elli Black, 11, crosses the finish line in first place in the women's division at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  3. There were many standout players for Tampa Catholic on Saturday, including goalkeeper Charlie Gembarowski, who set school records in shutouts (16) and wins (22) with the state semifinal victory. [JOSEPH WEISER  |  Icon SMI via ZUMA Press]
  4. Jesuit, ranked No. 6 in the state and 15th nationally by MaxPreps, will play for their seventh school title next Saturday in DeLand against Pembroke Pines Charter. [JOSEPH WEISER  |  Icon SMI via ZUMA Press]
  5. Shorecrest coach Jason Montoya, seen here in a previous playoff match, was happy with how his team played in Saturday's state semifinal. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  6. Elaine Jeffers, left, and mom Jennifer are all smiles in their pirate and parrot costumes after finishing the 15K and 5K races Saturday morning. Today, both Elaine, 33, and Jennifer, 60, will run their 61st half-marathon. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  7. Joe Conrad, at the mere age of 90 in the orange hat, crosses the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K finish line with 30 of his relatives: kids, grandkids and so on. Conrad, who has set several age-group records at races the past few decades, finished in 59 minutes, 28 seconds, but he did, of course, benefit from all the pacers around him. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  8. Cambridge Christian runner Reed Legg finishes first (15:29) during Saturday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Tampa Bay Tech, still missing star sophomore Janiah Barker, falters in the region final Friday, but if healthy should make another deep playoff run next season. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. After its 3-1 victory over Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale on Friday, the Shorecrest girls soccer team  will be playing in the program's first state final next week in Deland. [CHUCK FRYE  |  Special to the Times]
  11. Land O' Lakes may have fallen one game short of a state final, but, as coach Jen Craven says: “We have some good kids coming from the local middle school. Looking forward, I don’t see any reason why you won’t see us in the show next year." [JOSEPH WEISER  |  Icon SMI via ZUMA Press]
  12. Carrollwood Day's Weeyah McGill, seen here during last year's state tournament, was dominant Friday against Seffner Christian. [SCOTT PURKS]