Countryside High easily pulled the biggest shocker of Week 1 in Pinellas County.
Though they had won two of the three meetings since 2009, the Cougars weren’t given much of a chance when they went on the road to face a deeper, more talented Lakewood team.
Final score: Countryside 25, Lakewood 20.
Countryside’s offensive line, anchored by Riley Metheney, was dominant, paving the way for running back Dante Satcher to rush for 287 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.
Not to be overshadowed was the play of junior quarterback Trent Chmelik, who went 9-for-16 for 187 yards and scored on a 2-yard run.
Senior middle linebacker Taylor Zahralban paced the Cougars’ defense, forcing two fumbles, including one that led to the game’s decisive score.
Lakewood quarterback Ryan Davis accounted for 300 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Adrian Adams showcased his playmaking ability with 10 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Austyn Causey burst onto the scene with four touchdowns — three passing and one rushing — as St. Petersburg stunned Gibbs 41-8.
Meanwhile, the St. Pete defense, which allowed 30 points in a Kickoff Classic loss to Northeast, bounced back and turned in an impressive performance.
Worth the wait
Josh Joy rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown, and caught three passes for 87 yards and another score, as Keswick Christian posted its first win in two seasons, 22-20 over Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic.