FOOTBALL: Rivalries and big wins

River Ridge hosted rival Mitchell in front of a hyped-up crowd but the Royal Knights were unable to stop the Mustangs from winnings their fourth straight in the annual series.

MITCHELL 38 RIVER RIDGE 20

NEW PORT RICHEY – West Pasco’s fiercest rivalry ended the same way it has for the fourth year in a row – with a Mitchell victory.

The visiting Mustangs outscored River Ridge 17-0 in the second half Friday night to win 38-20. The win gives Mitchell four in a row in the annual series and seven of the last 10. The game’s 58 points is the most the teams have combined to score since Mitchell won 55-14 in 2007.

The Mustangs showed off their offensive diversity Friday night while debuting quarterback Ezra Brennan. The junior completed 7 of 10 pass attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns, with junior receiver Ronnie Fiumara catching four for 190 yards and both scores.

Workhorse running back Tyler Williams began his senior campaign by rushing for 138 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

CLEARWATER 44 EAST LAKE 12

EAST LAKE – Clearwater’s established itself as North Pinellas’ top public program in recent years, but dealing with East Lake – the area’s former predominant squad – has proved challenging.

Not Friday night.

The Tornadoes went to East Lake and wiped the Eagles out, 44-12. A tight game turned around in late in the second quarter when Clearwater went on a 28-point run that spanned well into the second half.

Quarterback Rent Montie surpassed the 300-yard mark passing for the first time this season and third time in his Tornadoes career. The senior completed 18 of 32 attempts for 303 yards and four touchdowns.

Senior Clearwater receiver Marcus Jeter was the main beneficiary of Montie’s big night, hauling in 11 passes for 238 yards and three scores.

The Clearwater defensive front limited East Lake’s ability to keep pace by holding the Eagles to 61 rushing yards on 30 attempts.

Clearwater improved to 2-0 while East Lake dropped to 0-2.

COUNTRYSIDE 49 LAND O’ LAKES 7

CLEARWATER – Countryside took Week 1 off this year but that didn’t result in opening-game struggles.

The Cougars handled visiting Land O’ Lakes with ease Friday night by scoring 21 points in the first quarter and never looking back.

Countryside relied on its ground attack to control the pace. Ten different Cougars recorded at least one rush as the hosts racked up 352 yards and four touchdowns on 37 attempts. Jaden Griffin led in touches and yardage, with 88 yards on nine carries, followed by Norman Kearse (7 for 74 yards and a touchdown), Kamrhen Simpkins (7 for 73 and two touchdowns) and Zyterius Watts (7 for 69 and a touchdown).

Simpkins, the Cougars’ quarterback, offset a few hiccups (three interceptions) with three touchdown passes, going 5 of 10 for 130 yards.

DUNEDIN 26 OSCEOLA 6

DUNEDIN – Break up the Falcons!

Last week’s feel-good story was Dunedin snapping its 43-game losing streak with a blowout win at Keswick Christian. The Falcons kept that momentum giving their hometown fans the chance to cheer on a victory for the first time since opening the 2014 season with a 45-34 win over Dixie Hollins.

After playing a scoreless first quarter against Osceola, Dunedin slowly took control and beat the Warriors 26-6.

Two Falcons hit the 100-yard mark rushing, with last week’s star Davious Haywood going for 100 on 20 carries and Logan Butler ripping off 102 yards and a touchdown on just six attempts. Butler also completed 3 of 3 passes for 55 yards.

Dunedin quarterback Dylan Oester balanced out the offensive attack by completing 10 of 13 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Daniel Galarza snagged four pass attempts for 140 yards and all three scores.

With 70 combined points, the Falcons have scored more in their first two games this season than they did all last season (68).

Dunedin will try to push its record to 3-0 next week when it hosts Tampa Bay Christian Academy (0-1).

PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY 20 SEMINOLE 6

PALM HARBOR – After opening the season with a disappointing 13-10 loss at Dixie Hollins, Palm Harbor University bounced back with a 20-6 home-opening win over Seminole.

Things didn’t look good through two quarters, however. The Hurricanes trailed 6-0 at the break before their ground game took control. Led by senior Jordan Moon’s 104-yard, two-touchdown night, PHU posted 20 unanswered points in the second half to avoid falling to 0-2 leading into next week’s rivalry showdown against East Lake.

PHU needed all 214 rushing yards as the passing game struggled to develop (2 of 8 for 11 yards).

COUNTRYSIDE 49 LAND O’ LAKES 7

CLEARWATER – Countryside took Week 1 off this year but that didn’t result in opening-game struggles.

The Cougars handled visiting Land O’ Lakes with ease Friday night by scoring 21 points in the first quarter and never looking back.

Countryside relied on its ground attack to control the pace. Ten different Cougars recorded at least one rush as the hosts racked up 352 yards and four touchdowns on 37 attempts. Jaden Griffin led in touches and yardage, with 88 yards on nine carries, followed by Norman Kearse (7 for 74 yards and a touchdown), Kamrhen Simpkins (7 for 73 and two touchdowns) and Zyterius Watts (7 for 69 and a touchdown).

Simpkins, the Cougars’ quarterback, offset a few hiccups (three interceptions) with three touchdown passes, going 5 of 10 for 130 yards.

PINELLAS SCORES

Clearwater 44 East Lake 12

C-Side 49 LOL 7

Dunedin 26 Osceola 6

PHU 20 Seminole 6

Berkeley 21 Calvary 13

Brentwood (Tenn.) 34 CCC 3

Largo 17 Bogie 6

Tohopekaliga 38 Dixie 18

Northeast 35 Gibbs 0

Lakewood 40 P. Park 0

Venice 44 St. Pete 0

Foundation 34 SPC 7

N-Side Christ 40 CDS 6

Shorecrest 19 Marco Island 0

Keswick 47 Cornerstone 0

Farragut 19 Frostproof 12

PASCO SCORES

Mitchell 38 River Ridge 20

Central 45 Gulf 8

Citrus 21 Fivay 14

Cypress Creek 27 Anclote 13

First Baptist 47 Hudson 14

Wiregrass 44 Wesley Chapel 21

Sunlake 15 Pasco 12

C-Side 49 LOL 7

Pont Vedra 40 Z-Hills 7

Z-Hills Christ 20 West Oaks 8

Out-of-Door 27 Bish McL 0