Who's No. 1 in the North Suncoast?
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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:
How did I do? How would you rank these five teams?