PINELLAS PARK – Maybe running back Lawrance Toafili and Coach Kenny Crawford are taking a page from the playbook of Aaron Rodgers.


Last year’s perfect 10-0 regular season felt like eons ago after Pinellas Park started the season 0-2 while being outscored 67-7 in the process. Rather than freak out, though, the Patriots have regrouped and responded.

Win No. 1 came last week against Largo, 26-22. The Patriots’ record evened up at 2-2 with Friday night’s 29-19 victory over Class 7A District 9 opponent Mitchell.

Toafili, an FSU commit, took charge by exploding for 231 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts. The Patriots threw the ball just three times while pounding out 434 yards on the ground.

Mitchell stayed with Pinellas Park all night until letting the game slip away late. Junior quarterback Ezra Brennan continues to impress in his first year as a varsity starter, completing 14 of 26 passes for 205 yards, a touchdown and one interception. Senior running back Tyler Williams surpassed the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season, picking up 136 yards and a pair of scores on 20 carries.

Pinellas Park will get next week off before returning to district play with a trip to Leto.

Mitchell goes on the road Friday to take on Class 4A Cypress Creek.


EAST LAKE – Speaking of bouncing back from 0-2 starts, East Lake needed a win over Sunlake to get back to .500 and got it resoundingly.

Quarterback Matt Trotto went off for 349 yards passing and accounted for seven touchdowns – six through the air and one with his legs. Senior receiver Rayshaun Williams acted as Trotto’s favorite target Friday, catching seven passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns.

Eight different Eagles were on the receiving end of at least one of Trotto’s 18 completions.

East Lake’s won two in a row after dropping its first two games against Nature Coast Tech and Clearwater. The Eagles host rival Tarpon Springs next week.

Sunlake fell to 2-2. The Seahawks are 2-0 against Pasco opponents but 0-2 when venturing outside the county. Rivalry week is up next with Land O’ Lakes coming to campus on Friday.


LARGO – This one lived up to expectations.

Clearwater and Largo are the clear favorites to win the District 6A-7 title and Friday night’s head-to-head winner would own a commanding edge toward accomplishing that feat.

Advantage Largo.

The host Packers never trailed and held off Clearwater, 21-14.

Largo’s defense stepped up by nabbing three interceptions and FSU commit Jayion McCluster had a pair of short touchdown runs.

The Packers (3-1) test themselves again next week by going out of district and hosting undefeated Palmetto.

Clearwater (3-1) gets a bye week and then hosts Clearwater Central Catholic for an in-town, Public-Private showdown.


SEMINOLE – Dunedin’s impressive, unbeaten start to the season came to an end Friday night in Seminole.

A rough third quarter allowed the Warhawks to take control and pull away en route to a 48-22 win. The Falcons trailed 13-7 at halftime before Seminole outscored them 22-7 in the third.

Dunedin quarterback Dylan Oester completed 15 of 28 passes for 239 yards and two scores with two interceptions.

The Seminole defensive front stepped up Friday by limiting Dunedin to 94 rushing yards on 24 carries.

Next week brings Gulf to Dunedin as the Falcons try to improve to 4-1.

The win was Seminole’s first this season and the Warhawks will head to Boca Ciega next week.


PALM HARBOR – Homecoming was a night for celebration.

Palm Harbor University opened its District 8A-7 schedule with a 13-7 win over Wharton to improve to 2-2 on the year. The Hurricanes trailed 7-0 after one quarter but evened things up by halftime. A third-quarter rushing touchdown – PHU’s second of the night – put the ’Canes up for good.

Defense was the name of the game Friday as PHU won despite gaining less than 90 yards of total offense. Junior running back Dray’sun Bonney led the way with 41 yards on 11 carries. PHU’s touchdowns were rushed in by Jordan Moon and Joseph Hair.

The Hurricanes stay at home to host Countryside next week.


TARPON SPRINGS – Homecoming wasn’t as pleasant up the road from Palm Harbor.

The Spongers fell behind River Ridge 16-0 after one quarter and eventually lost 58-0. Tarpon Springs has yet to crack the scoreboard in 2019, getting outscored 203-0 in three defeats.

The Spongers head to East Lake next Friday while River Ridge (2-1) will get a challenge at Wiregrass Ranch.


C-Side 40 Osceola 2

East Lake 51 Sunlake 15

River Ridge 58 Tarpon 0

Largo 21 Clearwater 14

Seminole 48 Dunedin 22

PHU 13 Wharton 7

CCC 41 SPC 6

P. Park 29 Mitchell 19

Lakewood 35 Bogie 0

Robinson 25 Gibbs 0

IRC 21 Keswick 7

All Saints’ 42 Shorecrest 7

Foundation 47 N-Side Christ 7

Cambridge 27 Farragut 9

Elder (Oh.) 60 C-Water Acad 54


River Ridge 58 Tarpon 0

P. Park 29 Mitchell 19

Anclote 42 Gulf 0

Chiefland 38 Hudson 0

East Lake 51 Sunlake 15

Pasco 28 Cypress 7

Wiregrass 34 Nature Coast 7

Z-Hills 44 Wesley Chapel 28

Tampa Cath 58 LOL 0

SW Fla Christ 39 Bish McL 34

Z-Hills Christ 34 Fla A&M 14