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Pinellas Game of the Week: Admiral Farragut at St. Petersburg Catholic

WHEN: Tonight, 7 WHERE: Joe Paul Stadium, St. Petersburg

Backfield Comparison

Admiral Farragut’s Cortavious Givens vs. St. Petersburg Catholic’s Jack Sheehan

The heart and soul of the Bluejackets offensive attack is bruising running back Cortavious Givens, who rushed for more than 100 yards in last week’s 17-14 victory against Indian Rocks Christian. Givens, combined with the running ability of quarterback Dalton Collins, will have to control the ball and eat up time on the clock if Admiral Farragut looks to take this critical district matchup. “When you take over a program, a part that takes a little longer to develop is the offense,” Admiral Farragut coach Ryan Hearn said. St. Petersburg Catholic quarterback Jack Sheehan had a rough outing against Melbourne Central Catholic, as he threw a couple interceptions in a 33-22 loss. Though the Barons are a run-oriented club, they will still rely upon the play of Sheehan (13 of 31, 172 yards) to contribute toward a winning effort. “Jack is a smart quarterback and he’s taken every snap since he was a freshman,” St. Petersburg Catholic coach Steve Dudley said. “He’s got good experience and takes care of the football well.”

Barons Triple Threat

There’s no doubt the strong suit of St. Petersburg’s offensive prowess is its three-headed rushing attack of Jaquan Fuller, Stephon Williams and Tony Jones. At 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, Fuller is the change of pace back and has rushed for 294 yards off 36 carries and has scored a team-high six touchdowns. Williams and Jones are the battering rams, as each back weighs more than 205 pounds and delivers punishing blows on every carry. The two runners have combined to rush for 470 yards and scored six touchdowns behind an offensive line led by Miami commit Reilly Gibbons. “Our bread and butter is our running game,” Dudley said. “Fuller is our quick scatback and Williams and Jones provide us with a couple of strong north and south runners. We’re going to use some play-action passes to open up the running game so (Admiral Farragut) doesn’t load up the box.”

Backyard Rivalry

These two schools are separated by about a dozen blocks, and many of the players were in youth football together. Both squads are also limited in player numbers, with both teams having fewer than 25 kids on their respective rosters. What each team lacks in numbers they’ve made up in talent. For former Ocala West Port and now Admiral Farragut coach Ryan Hearn, this will be his debut in the Bluejackets-Barons series, and the first-year head coach is hoping his squad can win an important road game against a neighborhood rival. After a 47-21 season-opening loss to state power Lakeland Victory Christian, Hearn’s team rebounded with a big win last week in Largo against Indian Rocks and will need a similar effort to reach a 2-1 start. “I’ve just been thinking it’s another game and that’s what I’ve been telling my players,” Hearn said. “Every day is a game. Every day we’re looking to get better as a team and we just want to do our best.”

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