LARGO — Quarterback Donovan Hale provided a sneak peek of Largo's new high-octane offense Thursday night against visiting Palm Harbor University.
The rising senior threw for 292 yards and three scores on 16 of 21 passing and added another touchdown on the ground as the Packers took out PHU 34-14.
The Hurricanes' young roster struggled to keep up on both sides of the ball, though running back Stephen Charron churned out 102 yards and a touchdown on 13 first-half carries.
“We ran the ball well, I thought our offensive line got off the ball well, our running backs ran hard, but we just shot ourselves in the foot repeatedly,” said first-year PHU coach Reggie Crume. “Largo's a great team, they have a great coaching staff over there and I appreciate them letting us come and work out with them. But they do have some great athletes and today they made the plays.”
Largo outgained PHU 434-106 with varsity players on the field during the first three quarters. The 'Canes actually outpaced the Packers 173-0 in the final period.
Helping Hale lead the Largo offense was running back D'terio Petite and his 117 yards on eight attempts. Included in that total was an 80-yard touchdown scamper on the first play from scrimmage midway through the first quarter.
Seven different receiving targets pulled down Hale passes, led by Jonathon Crawford's six catches for 88 yards and a score. Dakari Allen caught four balls for 54 yards and a touchdown.
PHU entered Thursday's spring game shorthanded at quarterback and that situation got worse when another of its young signal callers exited with an injury during the opening quarter.
“We came in a little banged up,” Crume said. “We had a freshman at quarterback that got hurt in the third or fourth series in the game and had to go down to another freshman quarterback. Given the circumstance that we came in with, we have to look at the positives. We're going to have to work on the things we see on film and just get better.”
Both programs are in their first seasons under new leadership. Marcus Paschal, a 2002 Largo High graduate and former player, recently took over for longtime coach Rick Rodriguez.
PHU - 0 – 7 – 0 – 7 --- 14
LHS - 20 – 6 – 8 – 0 --- 34