LARGO - Largo defensive back Jason Wine's interception of a Dunedin pass in double overtime set up Brynn Harvey's 5-yard plunge to give the Packers a 37-31 win Friday in a game that featured solid play and gritty comebacks by players on both sides of the field from two of Pinellas County's top teams.
'I thought this would be a close game, but I thought it would be 12-10 or something like that,' Dunedin coach Mark Everett said.
'Both offenses were on and both defenses had an off night,' Largo coach Rick Rodriguez said.
When Largo quarterback Leonard Johnson scored from 26 yards out on a keeper to put the Packers (4-0) up 24-21 with 4:50 left in the third, it was just a matter of time before Dunedin (3-2) answered, as the Falcons did all night.
The Falcons responded with a Malcolm Durham 35-yard field goal with 6:13 remaining to tie the game at 24.
But just when it appeared Largo would take the ball with a game-winning drive, disaster appeared to strike. Needing 1 yard on third down on the Dunedin 46 with 4:26 left, Johnson had a snap sail over his head. He pounced on the ball on the Packers 37 and injured his right ankle, forcing him to leave the game.
Dunedin couldn't capitalize on the ensuing possession, and the game went to overtime.
Harvey scored from 3 yards out for the overtime's first score and Dunedin's Adarius Bellamy hit a 10-yard score on the Falcons' first play in OT.
In a duel of star running backs, Bellamy got the best of Harvey with 180 yards and two touchdowns to Harvey's 76 yards and two scores.