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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Who's No. 1 in the North Suncoast?

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Our John C. Cotey wasn’t sure who (Armwood, Plant or Countryside) deserved to be atop his Tampa Bay rankings.

I’ve been battling similar issues in the North Suncoast. I can make a legitimate claim for five teams at No. 1:

Pasco (1-0)

The case for: The Pirates were the top team last year, and they have three of the area’s top players: Janarion Grant, David Emmanuel and Joey Ivie. Oh, and they destroyed Land O’Lakes, 49-7.

The case against: Pasco lost to Hernando (21-7) in the preseason game after struggling with fumbles and faltering all night as an offense.

Springstead (2-0)

The case for: No team has been more impressive. Including the preseason game, the Eagles still haven’t given up a point this fall, and a 38-0 demolition of Fivay was monumental.

The case against: Springstead is sound, but does it have the athletes and speed to hang with Pasco or Hernando?  

Sunlake (2-0)

The case for: The Seahawks were solid last year with their first playoff appearance. Eddie Burgos (420 offensive yards, five TDs) might be the area’s top player so far, and Sunlake has a solid ground game.

The case against: Wiregrass Ranch nearly came back against Sunlake – and the Bulls didn’t have their starting quarterback for part of the game.

Hernando (0-2)

The case for: The Leopards looked very, very good while beating a strong Pasco team in the preseason. Because Pasco-Hernando is a rivalry game, the teams played their starters the whole time, so that result actually means something. The winless record so far is also a testament to brutal competition (against East Ridge and South Lake).

The case against: Pasco didn’t have Janarion Grant then. And an 0-2 record is still winless.

Mitchell (2-0)

The case for: The Mustangs have put up strong numbers, outscoring Gulf and Anclote 61-10. The ground game is clicking, and Trey Drury has led an improved passing game.

The case against: Mitchell’s competition hasn’t been strong yet, and it’s too early to tell how impressive a 20-10 win over Anclote was.

In Sunday’s paper, I ranked them like this:

  1. Pasco
  2. Springstead
  3. Mitchell
  4. Sunlake
  5. Hernando

How did I do? How would you rank these five teams?

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:21am]

    

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