ST. PETERSBURG — On Senior Night, Northeast High earned its first victory of the season Friday by defeating winless Clearwater, 41-34.
Keith Harrington rushed for 116 yards and four touchdowns, keeping the Vikings one step ahead on every play.
Both teams struggled to overcome mistakes and penalties throughout the game, but the big plays down field proved to make the difference.
Quarterback Garrisin Bryant kept the Tornadoes in the game with his arm. He connected with Adarius Lemons for a 48-yard touchdown pass minutes before the half.
However, Northeast quickly responded with a strike of its own. With 8 seconds remaining in the half, Jeffd D’Alvia completed a pass to Darius Lacy for a 50-yard TD.
The Tornadoes played from behind for the remainder of the game. A 33-yard interception return by Lemons closed the gap momentarily for the Tornadoes, but the Clearwater defense couldn’t stop the Northeast running game.
Clearwater 0 14 6 14 — 34
Northeast 7 21 7 6 — 41
N - Wright fumble recovery in end zone (Nshimyumuremvi kick)
C - Lemons 5 run
N - Harrington 60 run (Nshimyumuremvi kick)
N - Harrington 2 run (Nshimyumuremvi kick)
C - Lemons 48 pass from Bryant (Stewart run)
N - Lacy 50 pass from D’Alvia (Nshimyumuremvi kick)
C - Avmet 9 pass from Bryant (run failed)
N - Harrington 6 run (Nshimyumuremvi kick)
C - Lemons 33 int return (Avmet pass)
N - Harrington 6 run
C - Bryant 1 run