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Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake at Countryside


WHEN: Tonight, 7:30

WHERE: Cougar Stadium, Clearwater


That two of the most dangerous athletes playing football in Pinellas County are on the same team seems a bit unfair. That’s the dilemma Countryside runs into trying to defend East Lake’s Artavis Scott and George Campbell. Scott, a Clemson commit, has been utilized at running back and wide receiver. The senior has rushed for 284 yards and added 200 through the air. Michigan commit Campbell has been the Eagles’ top threat at wideout. He has 12 receptions for 334 yards, an average of 27.8 yards per catch. He also has five sacks playing defensive end. Countryside’s defensive secondary will have its hands full, but the group has picked off eight passes and sacked quarterbacks 18 times this season. “(Scott and Campbell) can score anytime they touch the ball,” Countryside coach Jared Davis said. “They just have to be kept in check, but that’s going to be tough to do.”


This may be one of Countryside coach Jared Davis’ youngest and more inexperienced teams compared to past clubs, and the team has given some different looks at quarterback with senior Robby Hicks and sophomore Trent Chmelik. Hicks provides more athleticism, as he has rushed for 83 yards on 27 carries to go along with his 754 yards passing and three touchdowns. Chmelik, younger brother of former starting Countryside QB Jimbo Chmelik, has provided a different look when he has entered the game by completing 18 of 23 passes for 313 yards and three scores. “Hicks has been in there the most, and he makes some good plays with his legs,” East Lake coach Bob Hudson said. “We anticipate seeing more of Hicks, but we’ll be prepared for either quarterback.”


There’s literally no room for error in Class 7A-District 9, with Countryside, East Lake and undefeated Pinellas Park all vying for the two postseason spots. “Most of our games we’ve had against each other have involved some type of postseason implications,” Countryside coach Jared Davis said. “Whichever team wins will definitely have a strong chance to make the playoffs.” Also playing a factor in this matchup is the growing rivalry between the schools off McMullen Booth Road. Separated by about 10 minutes, players from the teams are very familiar with one another. “It’s a rivalry game, but we haven’t held up our end of the bargain,” East Lake coach Bob Hudson said. “To add that it’s a district game just measures out the importance of this contest.”

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