Pinellas County Game of the Week
St. Petersburg at Lakewood
WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lakewood High
Both St. Petersburg and Lakewood’s offenses couldn’t be any more different based on strategy of attack. The Green Devils have long been known for their vaunted Wing-T rushing game and they always have a go-to fullback. DeAngelo Reaves has rushed for 270 yards on just 27 carries and has scored five touchdowns. Countering the Green Devils’ top backfield threat is Lakewood quarterback Ryan Davis, who transferred from Northeast during the summer and is still adjusting to a different offense. Davis has plenty of athletes around him to distribute the football to, but without the chemistry being just right, Lakewood has somewhat struggled. The 6-foot QB caller will need to have a strong game and find his electric targets like wide receiver Andrew Davis (Toledo commit) and wide receiver/running back Joc Ellison, if the Spartans look to hand the Green Devils their first loss.
One thing each squad doesn’t lack is ballhawking defenses. St. Petersburg’s defense has been the more impressive unit through two games, as the Green Devils have allowed only seven points (3.5 per game). Not to be upstaged, Lakewood yielded only 15 points to county power Countryside and 13 to always competitive Palmetto. The Green Devils will face their toughest task to date, but coach Joe Fabrizio said his team is up to the challenge. “We know (Lakewood’s) offense is going to make some plays, but our thing is how are we going to answer,” Fabrizio said. “Lakewood is very explosive offensively and defensively, so we’re going to have to ball control and keep their playmakers in check.”
Although this isn’t a district game, this contest still has a lot of importance. A loss for Lakewood drops Cory Moore’s group to a 1-2. Meanwhile, St. Petersburg has tough matchups in the upcoming weeks against Palm Harbor University and state powerhouse Bradenton Manatee. “This particular group has been undefeated since the spring,” Fabrizio said. “They have a bunch of confidence heading into this game. This is a big neighborhood rivalry and a win would be big.”