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Pinellas County football capsules: Week 5

COUNTRYSIDE (4-0) AT LAKEWOOD (3-1) It should be a very entertaining game with a lot of offense. The key will be how does Countryside keep the ball out of the hands of Lakewood star Bernard Reedy? Simple: ball control. The Cougars have the ability to do that with Alton Taylor, who has 660 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Kicking the ball out of bounds after scores will also help as Reedy is lethal in returns. Just on offense alone, Reedy, who is being courted by Iowa and Syracuse, has 11 touchdowns (10 rushing) in four games. He averages more than 12 yards a carry.
TARPON SPRINGS (3-1) AT LARGO (4-0) The host Packers have been living on the edge the past few weeks as what used to be a rock-solid defense has been exposed as vulnerable in the passing game. But Largo faces arguably its toughest test of the season with Tarpon Springs. The Packers have to find a way to stop Adrian Golden, while not overlooking running back Darius Daniels. Largo has lost just one regular season home game the past four seasons. Tarpon Springs is a legitimate threat to make that two losses in four years. BOCA CIEGA (1-2) AT PINELLAS PARK (3-1) Already the Patriots are the surprise team of the county. Having been winless the past two seasons, new coach Kenny Crawford has Pinellas Park one missed field goal from being 4-0. Beating Boca Ciega would put the Patriots on the map. Pinellas Park needs to find a way to stop Pirates quarterback Shaquille Bradford. Bradford is responsible for more than 700 yards of offense, including 559 in the air with 10 touchdowns. GIBBS (1-3) AT DUNEDIN (0-4) Another potentially entertaining game between two solid quarterbacks, Josh Rembert of Gibbs and Ryan Stringer of Dunedin. Though both quarterbacks have a virtually identical pass completion percentages, Rembert has nearly double the yards with 634. CLEARWATER (3-1) AT DIXIE HOLLINS (0-4) Clearwater should rack up its fourth win as Dixie Hollins is struggling, already giving up more than 50 points three times. Meanwhile, the Rebels have yet to score more than a touchdown in a game. SEMINOLE (1-3) AT EAST LAKE (1-3) It might be a monumental task for Seminole to upset East Lake. The Eagles likely have the best defense in the county, only once giving up more than two scores in a game (Largo). ST. PETERSBURG (4-0) AT PALM HARBOR (2-2) The Green Devils have outscored its last three opponents, 127-8. Ryan Wilson has scored seven touchdowns in the past three games. OSCEOLA (0-4) AT NORTHEAST (1-2) Could Osceola spring an upset? The visiting Warriors are struggling to stop opponents. The fewest points Osceola has given up is 29 in the first week. But Northeast, after racking up 54 points to open the season, has only scored one touchdown since. SHORECREST PREP (1-2) AT INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN (3-1) Indian Rocks Christian has one blemish, a lopsided loss at Fort Meade. One reason is the Golden Eagles have four legitimate weapons in the backfield to use. Shorecrest's offense relies heavily on Hunter Tremaine. If Indian Rocks Christian can stop Tremaine, it will win. KESWICK CHRISTIAN (0-4) AT ADMIRAL FARRAGUT (1-1) Three of Keswick Christian's losses have come against solid teams, including St. Petersburg Catholic. Admiral Farragut got its lone win against Calvary Christian. If the Crusaders' DeJuan Wright and his 5 yards a carry can continue Friday night, Keswick Christian will have a good chance of its first win. LAKELAND VICTORY CHRISTIAN (3-1) AT NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN (3-1) The host Mustangs have been playing well against schools its size (lone loss coming against St. Petersburg Catholic). Quarterback Jimmy VanDeilen is a dangerous dual-threat weapon with 556 yards of combined offense. CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN (1-2) AT CALVARY CHRISTIAN (0-4) If Calvary Christian can continue Cambridge's offensive frustrations, it may pull off its first win. Cambridge has only scored 13 points all season, all coming in its lone win. Steven Rice and Jordan Ankrom are developing into a nice one-two punch for Calvary Christian.
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