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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Laura Keeley, Matt Baker, John C. Cotey, Joey Knight

I don't know Sharks

It’s never a good sign when your dog does better on football predictions than you do. But alas, ReggieHomeTeam picked Anclote and Nature Coast. I chose Fivay (21-20) and Pasco (35-10). I was wrong, of course. Anclote won 44-21, and NCT squeezed out a 29-28 win.

I wasn’t at the Anclote game, so it’s hard for me to analyze that one. But here’s why I was wrong about Pasco-Nature Coast:

I overestimated the Pirates. The last time I saw Pasco, it lost three fumbles and threw an interception in a 17-6 loss to Sunlake. I chalked that up to the Seahawks being very, very good and Pasco having a rough night against a stellar defense. It happens. After Pasco lost five turnovers against NCT, I’m beginning to think the Sunlake game wasn’t an aberration. Those mistakes are fixable for Pasco, but they’re a major, major concern.

I underestimated NCT. Make no mistake about that. I don’t feel so bad about that, considering the Sharks admit that they didn’t play well at the start of the season. …

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Academy at the Lakes to host recruiting seminar

Academy at the Lakes will host a scholarship and recruiting seminar at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Melech Pavilion on its McCormick Campus (2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes). The event is free and open to the public.

Athletic director Tom Haslam and college counselor Debbie Pitcairn will talk about college recruiting, academic requirements like core classes and standardized test scores and the NCAA Clearinghouse. For more information, call (813) 948-7600.

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Academy at the Lakes holding charity swimming marathon

Academy at the Lakes’ swimming team will hold a swimming marathon Saturday to support the Make a Splash foundation.

Each swimmer will try to swim as many laps as possible in an hour, with sponsors donating a flat rate or a figure per lap.

All of the proceeds go to Make a Splash, an initiative of USA Swimming dedicated to saving lives by helping children learn to swim.

For more information or to sponsor a swimmer or the team, contact Wildcats captain Dillan Villavisanis at dillanv@verizon.net or (813) 600-0434.

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Matt Baker eats crow on Sunlake

When I go to Land O’Lakes later this week, I think I’m going to need a bodyguard. 

Picking River Ridge to upset the Gators (and then losing 32-0) was bad. Thinking Sunlake would get blown out by Pasco (and then winning 17-6) was worse.

So now’s the time where I eat crow. I was wrong about Sunlake. Land O’Lakes, too, but because I wasn’t there to see what happened, I’ll focus on the Seahawks here.

I thought Sunlake graduated too much – two dozen seniors is a lot to lose. The lines weren’t as big and powerful as they’ve been in the past, from what I saw in spring practice and a so-so showing in the spring jamboree against Wesley Chapel and Wiregrass Ranch. I had questions at quarterback, too, and I thought Pasco’s line was strong enough to give its skill players room to work.

The Seahawks aren’t massive, but they are physical. Their linebackers – especially Jacob Guzman, Ben Wood and Austin Yeloushan – were smart and penetrated Pasco’s offensive line regularly (four sacks and a handful of tackles for a loss). I didn’t expect that. …

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