PALMETTO--It was a tale of two games Friday at Harllee Stadium.
The host Tigers erased a pair of deficits to score a 41-38 homecoming win over Bayshore, their third straight after starting the year 0-2.
Palmetto (3-2) trailed 31-0 and 38-14 before scoring the game's final 27 points, thanks in part to running back Josh Hicks, who ran for five touchdowns and 251 yards.
"I have to thank the O-line," Hicks said, "and the whole team, really. We all just put in our work. We had problems, but we all came through."
The Tigers took the lead for good when Sean Allison hit Brian Waiters for a 16-yard scoring strike with 5:26 remaining in the game.
It was the Bruins (1-4) who took control early, scoring 21 points in less than five minutes during the first quarter. Wesley Jackson and Jeremy Rodriguez scored on runs while Obi Tarwoe returned an interception 50 yards.
The momentum carried into the second quarter, when Karnell Oliver's 3-yard run and Michael Wemheuer's field goal gave the Bruins a 31-0 lead less than eight minutes before half.
That's when Hicks started leading the comeback, scoring twice in in the second quarter - he 2-yard score came 11 seconds before the break - and two more in the third quarter.
"We knew that we could score points," said Tigers coach Dave Marino. "We have a lot of explosive athletes, and we knew that if we just stick with the game plan, and protect the football, and trust in one another, we knew we could come back and score enough points to overcome that early first-half deficit."
Dereck Williams rushed for 101 yards for Bayshore, which heads to Arcadia DeSoto next week for a Class 5A-District 10 game next week.
The Tigers have a bye Friday and host Manatee on Oct.11.