Clearwater, FL – Tarpon Springs looked to end Countryside’s winning ways but the Cougars had different plans as they remain undefeated.
The Tarpon Springs Spongers got the ball first but quickly went four-and-out. Countryside got on the board as Dante Satcher scored on a one yard rushing touchdown to put the Cougars up 7-0.
The Cougars blocked the Spongers punt which went into the end zone, putting Countryside up 9-0.
Tarpon Springs got on the board in the second quarter when Brandon Casler found Daniel Davis for a 26 yard touchdown pass but the extra point was missed, the Cougars led 9-6.
Countryside answered when Satcher rushed for 37 yards, extending their lead 16-6 at halftime.
Tarpon Springs vs Countryside
The third quarter was a back-and-forth battle of turnovers but Countryside finally prevailed as Trent Chmelik rushed for a one yard touchdown but the extra point was no good. Cougars still led 22-6 but Tarpon Springs quickly answered when Daniel Davis scored on a 99 yard kickoff return, with the 2-point conversion good making the score 22-14.
Tarpon Springs continued to battle as Casler found Mitch Wilcox on an 18 yard touchdown pass. The Spongers went for two, but failed, leaving them trailing Countryside 22-20.
The Cougars weren’t comfortable with just a two point lead so Satcher scored from the two yard line, putting Countryside up 29-20.
Tarpon Springs made it exciting at the end as they got a touchdown but it was overturned due to a penalty and then Countryside got called on a pass interference keeping the Spongers hopes alive which soon faded with a Felix Dixon interception in the end zone making the final 29-20.
Next week, Countryside (6-0) heads to East Lake (6-0) while Tarpon Springs (5-2) is off.