MITCHELL 48 LAND O’ LAKES 7
TRINITY – Mitchell entered Friday night expected to improve to 3-0 and the Mustangs didn’t disappoint in front of the home crowd.
Twenty-one first-quarter points jumpstarted Mitchell’s 48-7 win over Land O’ Lakes. The Mustangs got three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Ezra Brennan and two scoring runs from senior Tyler Williams.
Brennan, the Mustangs’ first-year starter, went 8 of 14 for 169 yards and Williams rushed 14 times for 144 yards. Sophomore running back Paul Surkov picked up 94 yards on just four attempts and his first varsity touchdown.
Junior Jonathan Fairbank found the end zone both times he caught the ball Friday and he also added an interception.
Mitchell gets into Class 7A District 9 play next week when it heads to Pinellas Park.
EAST LAKE 34 PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY 16
PALM HARBOR – A large dose of social media trash talk always throws fuel onto this rivalry’s fire and it was East Lake that backed up the words.
The Eagles went to PHU and dropped the Hurricanes 34-16. The Eagles had PHU shutout 34-0 entering the fourth quarter.
Desperate for a win after opening 0-2, East Lake quarterback Matt Trotto responded by going 9 of 12 passing for 186 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Cunningham led the 163-yard ground attack by picking up 71 yards and a score on six touches.
PHU rushed for 178 yards as a team but was limited to 48 through the air and East Lake picked off two of the Hurricanes’ eight pass attempts.
East Lake opens District 7A-9 competition next Friday at home against Sunlake. PHU’s District 8A-7 schedule begins at home against Wharton.
DIXIE HOLLINS 48 COUNTRYSIDE 26
ST. PETERSBURG – Countryside began its 2019 campaign on a bye, hit the field Week 2 with a 49-7 blowout win over Land O’ Lakes, then got worked by Dixie Hollins, 48-26.
The host Rebels continue to improve over the last couple years, but the 22-point victory still comes as a bit of a surprise against the Cougars.
Countryside stays on the road next week and will try to bounce back against Osceola.
DUNEDIN 48 TAMPA BAY CHRISTIAN 0
DUNEDIN – The feel-good story of the year keeps getting better.
Dunedin snapped its 43-game losing streak Week 1 and aren’t slowing down. Friday’s huge 48-0 victory over Tampa Bay Christian Academy improved the Falcons to 3-0. It’s the first Falcons shutout win since blanking Clearwater 35-0 on Oct. 23, 2009.
Running back Davious Haywood went off again, leading Dunedin with 134 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Three other Falcons ball carriers picked up rushing scores – Logan Butler, Daniel Galarza and Derrick McClendon.
Dunedin will try to push its record to 4-0 next week when it travels south to Seminole.
BOCA CIEGA 88 TARPON SPRINGS 0
GULFPORT – It’s definitely rebuild time in Tarpon Springs and Friday night was a tough one for the Spongers.
Boca Ciega blasted off for 82 points in the first half, including 47 in the first quarter, en route to a massive 88-0 home victory.
The Spongers are struggling with participation and had difficulties locking up a head coach this offseason. It’s showing on the field after opening the year with a 57-0 loss against Northeast and this week’s defeat.
Boca Ciega improved to 2-1 by rushing for 337 yards and 10 touchdowns. Junior Chris Phillips scored four times and rushing for 172 yards on just four carries.
Tarpon Springs will host District 5A-11 foe River Ridge next week. The Pirates have a huge game against unbeaten Lakewood.
Dixie 48 Countryside 26
East Lake 34 PHU 16
Clearwater 14 Jesuit 10
Bogie 88 Tarpon 0
Dunedin 48 TB Christian 0
Calvary 17 Ft. Meade 0
CCC 27 Tampa Cath 9
P. Park 26 Largo 20
Lakewood 43 Gibbs 0
Out-of-Door 28 Osceola 21 (OT)
Northeast 22 Seminole 18
Wiregrass 43 St. Pete 7
N-Side Christ 33 IRC 10
St. Stephens 41 SPC 18
Keswick 38 Seven Rivers 12
Clearwater Acad. 52 Lehigh 0
St. Francis (Md) 64 American Coll 0
Mitchell 48 LOL 7
Anclote 26 Hudson 7
Fivay 44 Gulf 0
Wiregrass 43 St. Pete 7
Lake Gibson 56 Z-Hills 0
Sunlake 17 Wesley Chapel 0
Auburndale 50 Pasco 0 (Sat.)
Cypress Creek 2 Bish McL 0 (Forfeit)
Z-Hills Christ 26 Seffner Christ 20 (OT)