PALM HARBOR — The Reggie Crume Era at Palm Harbor University High got off to a promising start Thursday night as the Hurricanes forced six turnovers and scored 26 unanswered fourth-quarter points for a 40-21 victory over Jesuit in a Kickoff Classic.
Senior fullback Stephen Charron, who had 193 yards on 18 carries, burst 75 yards up the left sideline on the second play of the game and Palm Harbor was off and running.
Down 14-0 after the first quarter, Jesuit scored 21 unanswered points to lead 21-14 at halftime.
The game changed on one play.
With Jesuit up 21-20 midway through the fourth, Hurricanes cornerback Andrew Lo intercepted a pass and took it 50 yards for a touchdown and a 26-21 PHU lead.
East Lake transfer Brandon Swift threw four touchdown passes for Palm Harbor, hooking up twice with Arkez Cason and Matt Caron. Cason also had an interception.
Malik David scored twice for Jesuit, one on a 55-yard run. Kevin Newman also found the end zone.
WIREGRASS RANCH 13,
WESLEY CHAPEL — One half, two effective offenses.
Wiregrass Ranch and Mitchell got in one half of preseason play before the game was called due to lightning in the area.
Both teams moved the ball well, as Mitchell quarterback Alec Lambert was 13-for-17 for 118 yards and had a 1-yard keeper for a touchdown. Wiregrass Ranch quarterback Shane Bucenell was 6-for-6 for 82 yards, including a 19-yard screen play to FAU commit Jaye Miner. Bucenell also had a 1-yard keeper for a touchdown.
Mitchell running back Anthony Connor had 16 carries for 35 yards. Wiregrass Ranch looked to FIU commit Mark Hutchinson to lead its running game.
SPRINGSTEAD 20, HUDSON 0
SPRING HILL — Despite the loss of six starters on offense, eight on defense and six key special teamers from last season’s historic 11-2 run, Springstead successfully swiped the “Wright” passage from its veer-option playbook.
On the Eagles’ first offensive snap at 9:56 of the first quarter, senior fullback Daniel Wright started up the middle and zigzagged to the left untouched for a 63-yard touchdown against Hudson.
The 5-foot-11, 181-pound Wright, who rushed for 1,186 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013, added a pair of second-quarter touchdown runs (59, 1 yards) to finish with a game-high 140 rushing yards on nine attempts.
Wright set up Springstead’s final score with a 44-yard reception and accounted for 184 yards of offense before officials called the game at halftime due to lightning.
Hudson was limited to 36 yards on 22 snaps (1.64 yards per play) on eight first-half possessions.
LARGO 14, DUNEDIN 7
LARGO 7, PINELLAS PARK 6
PINELLAS PARK 6, DUNEDIN 6
LARGO — Jonathan Crawford scored a pair of touchdowns and added an interception as Largo picked up wins over Dunedin and Pinellas Park.
The 6-foot-2 receiver pulled down one of quarterback Donavan Hale’s two scoring passes against Dunedin, then ran in another against Pinellas Park. He also had an interception against the Patriots.
Each game consisted of two 10-minute halves.
Highlighting Dunedin’s night was the performance of two newcomers to the program — senior Andrew Gordon and sophomore Kane Taylor. Gordon, who stands 6-6, had touchdown receptions that went for 84 and 19 yards.
Pinellas Park’s three-headed backfield monster — Oscee Calhoun, Kel-el Williams and Donte Maxson — led the way. Senior quarterback Mitch Grondin also had a promising performance.