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Pinellas Game of the Week: Palm Harbor U. at St. Pete

WHEN: Tonight, 7:30

WHERE: Green Devil Stadium, St. Petersburg

PHU's Tyler Kaminski vs. St. Petersburg's defense

No quarterback means more to his team's offensive production than Palm Harbor's Tyler Kaminski. The dual-threat senior has completed 44 of 84 pass attempts for 607 yards and five scores. Kaminski also is the team's leading rusher with 243 yards and seven touchdowns. St. Petersburg's defense will be keying in on the Hurricanes quarterback, knowing that the 6-foot scrambler is Palm Harbor's biggest threat on offense. “I don't want to put everything on his shoulders,” Palm Harbor University coach Matt LePain said. The Green Devils defense has played strong so far through four games and has two shutouts, against Gibbs and Boca Ciega, and nearly a third vs. Clearwater. “(Kaminski) is a pretty good athlete,” St. Petersburg coach Joe Fabrizio said. “We have to play tough, assignment football on the option. If we can keep the pressure on him in passing situations, we feel like we'll do good defensively.”

Green Devils' backfield

With any Joe Fabrizio team, you can expect a heavy dose of the running game through four quarters. This 2013 version of the Green Devils plays no secrets about what it wants to do offensively, and it relies on a stable of tailbacks to carry the load. Leading the backfield is fullback Deangelo Reaves, who has rushed for 398 yards on 49 carries. Complementing him are running backs Darius Miller (145 yards) and Tavon Jones (97 yards). Palm Harbor's front seven will be tested, as St. Petersburg will be lining up in its traditional wing-T formations. The Hurricanes will need to slow Reaves if they expect to have success defensively. “Our philosophy on offense is to keep our defense off the field as much as possible,” Fabrizio said. “We look to make as many positive plays as possible. We try to keep time on our side.”

Playoff spot on the line

There's basically only one postseason spot left in Class 8A-District 7, with state powerhouse Bradenton Manatee likely to take home another district title. Though Sarasota Riverview might still have something to say about the runner-up spot, many believe it will come down to this matchup between Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg to see which team will take the second spot in the district. “There's no if, ands, buts about it. If we don't beat St. Petersburg, we're going to need a lot of help to reach the playoffs,” LePain said. “We've basically been preparing for St. Petersburg for the last two weeks, even heading into the Seminole game last week.”

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