Pinellas Athlete of the Week

Matthew Nieves

Clearwater H.S.

Football/Senior

THIS WEEK’S FEATS

Nieves and the Clearwater defense showed their resolve Friday at Pinellas Park. The Tornadoes trailed 24-0 at halftime but didn’t surrender another point as Clearwater stormed back to score 38 unanswered. Nieves recorded nine tackles, including two for a loss, and caused and recovered a critical fumble that set up Clearwater’s game-winning touchdown.

SEASON STATS

The senior defensive end/linebacker has posted 34 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks

QUOTABLES

“Unfortunately we got more adversity than we probably wanted, but the kids reacted the way we had hoped they would react. They are absolutely, positively not going to quit.” – Clearwater coach Don Mesick on his team’s effort during Friday’s comeback victory.