Pinellas County football preview: Week 5
Largo (3-1) at Tarpon Springs (2-2) This should be a good game with a pair of teams coming off solid wins last week. Largo bounced back a loss to East Lake to shut out Sickles, 23-0. Two rushing touchdowns, by quarterback Juwan Brown and running back Jarvis Stewart, proved to be the difference. Tarpon Springs defeated River Ridge, 42-15. Spongers quarterback Louis Pappas threw for three touchdowns and ran for one.Dunedin (0-4) at Gibbs (1-3) After going their first three games without a win, the Gladiators appeared to be headed toward loss No. 4 trailing at undefeated Palm Harbor. However, Gibbsrallied in the second half. Any kind of offense from Gibbs and it likely will have a second win. Dunedin is struggling offensively, having not scored more than 14 points. Palm Harbor (3-1) at St. Petersburg (4-0) This should be a quick game as both teams love to run the ball. Palm Harbor had a bad second half against Gibbs, otherwise the Hurricanes would be undefeated. Palm Harbor quarterback Billy Pavlock has 516 yards rushing and six touchdowns while throwing for 290 yards. St. Petersburg is the best team in Pinellas County with many offensive weapons, often using a bruising rushing attack. If the Green Devils can contain Pavlock, it should be another win for St. Petersburg. Lakewood (3-1) at Countryside (4-0) Despite having a winning record, Lakewood seems to be struggling offensively. Only once have the Spartans scored more than two touchdowns. It seems as if quarterback Alphonso Evans isn't gaining ground in the air (848 yards), Lakewood's offense is stagnant. Countryside is having a solid year, led by running back Diomi Roberts' seven rushing touchdowns. East Lake (3-1) at Seminole (0-4) Seminole is struggling and has to play against a formidable opponent in East Lake. Eagles quarterback Pete DiNovo and wide receiver Tyler Higbee are a dangerous passing combination when East Lake does decide to put the ball in the air. Dixie Hollins (1-3) at Clearwater (3-1) The Tornadoes are somewhat of a surprise, largely thanks to a zone blocking system used on the offensive line that is clearing the path for Ryan Hagen The quarterback has 1,025 offensive yards, 706 coming through the air, completing slightly more than half of his pass attempts. Dixie Hollins is dependant on quarterback Dana Harrington, who has accounted for more than half of the Rebels' nine offensive touchdowns. Pinellas Park (2-2) at Boca Ciega (1-2) Pinellas Park will be without quarterback Jesse Hevia, who suffered a torn ACL last week. Running back Michael Smith has six rushing touchdowns. Boca Ciega's record may be misleading. It lost two games by one point to winning teams (Countryside and Lakewood) and blasted Leto, 41-0 last week. Pirates quarterback Shaquille Bradford is a dual-threat, but has thrown five interceptions. Northeast (2-1) at Osceola Northeast is putting together a nice season, not surprisingly on the ground. Tavares Dunlap has 330 yards and three touchdowns. Northeast should be able to roll in this game as the Warriors are still searching for their first win. Strawberry Crest (2-1) at St. Petersburg Catholic (1-3) The Barons need to find a little defense if they are going to win this game. St. Petersburg Catholic is giving up an average of 32 points a game, and in each of its two losses gave up more than 40 points. Running back Ryan Green is having a solid season with 522 yards on 41 carries. Strawberry Crest had solid defensive showings in its first two games before losing to King, 51-6, last week. Clearwater Central Catholic (3-1) at Wiregrass Ranch (2-2) Berkeley Prep handed the Marauders their first loss of the season by holding CCC's offense to a lone touchdown in a 37-7 decision. The Bulls are coming off a 15-0 victory against Ridgewood. Admiral Farragut (4-0) at Keswick Christian (1-3) Cortavious Givens leads the Blue Jackets with 310 yards and seven touchdowns. The Blue Jackets have yet to give up more than seven points in a game while averaging 33 points. Keswick Christian quarterback Taylor Angell has 422 yards passing. Calvary Christian (1-3) at Cambridge (3-1) Cambridge is doing a nice job this year led by quarterback Michael McDermott, who has 547 yards and six touchdowns through the air. Calvary Christian is struggling offensively, only scoring more than one touchdown once. Indian Rocks Christian (1-3) at Shorecrest (0-3) Shorecrest is having a hard time stopping teams despite a decent offense. Running backs Christian Mandula and Alex Drexler have combined for 591 yards on the ground. Indian Rocks Christian finally broke out its offense last week racking up 48 points in a lopsided win at Calvary Christian. Running back Tyler Huff had three touchdowns while running for 81 yards on 10 carries. Northside Christian (1-3) at Lakeland Victory Christian (4-0) Despite struggling with the ball, Northside Christian was able to muscle out a 14-3 win against Shorecrest last week.