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  • Playoff football: Tampa Bay's road warriors

    Playoff football: Tampa Bay's road warriors Four of Tampa Bay’s seven remaining playoff football teams will hit the road Friday night. Lakewood and Indian Rocks Christian have the farthest to travel by far, and the competition is stout in every matchup. Region finals 7A: Tampa Bay Tech (7-5) at Kissimmee Osceola (11-1), 7:30  Drive time: One ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 4:29 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Gibbs debuts at the top

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Gibbs debuts at the top 1. Gibbs (2-0): No bay area team displays as much defensive tenacity as the Gladiators. They allowed a combined 59 points in wins against Northeast and Pinellas Park last week. Despite losing guard Daniel Davis, who transferred to Tarpon Springs, Gibbs still has depth. Barry Brown, a Kansas State commit, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 3:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Rest for some, holiday tourneys for others

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Rest for some, holiday tourneys for others 1. Seffner Christian (4-0, 1-0) This week: No games Lowdown: Seffner Christian has proven why it’s Tampa Bay’s top team, beating its first four opponents 316-120, including a 102-6 trampling of Carrollwood Day. Five Crusaders are averaging double-digit points per game through the first four contests.  2. Calvary Christian (2-0, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Sunday Morning QB: Seven still standing

    Sunday Morning QB: Seven still standing Team of the week Indian Rocks Christian. The Golden Eagles have compiled the type of statistics befitting a team ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A. Their 48-12 win over Naples First Baptist marked the 10th win this season by 35 points or more. The offensive balance was ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 7:38 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 15-21

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Nov. 15  through Friday, Nov. 21. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Playoff football schedule: Round 3

    Region finals 7A: Tampa Bay Tech at Kissimmee Osceola 7A: Fort Myers at East Lake 6A: Gainesville at Armwood 5A: Lakewood at Live Oak Suwannee 5A: Jesuit at Orlando Bishop Moore State semifinals 3A: Delray Beach American Heritage at Clearwater Central Catholic 2A: Indian Rocks Christian at Belle Glade Glades ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:16 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Lakewood 26, River Ridge 3 (with video)

    Football: Lakewood 26, River Ridge 3 (with video) ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood prepared all week to stop River Ridge running back Chris Schwarz, and for good reason. Schwarz has gained 2,536 yards this season and is the main reason the Knights advanced to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. But the Spartans also planned to put ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:11 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 20, Sickles 16

    TAMPA — Here it comes little brother …catch it. Junior Marchalo Judge made a diving reception of Deon Cain’s 30-yard touchdown pass with 48.7 seconds left to give Tampa Bay Tech a 20-16 victory over Sickles Friday night in a Class 7A thriller. It was the first regional semifinal victory ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Jesuit 18, Spoto 14

    Football: Jesuit 18, Spoto 14 TAMPA — Six weeks ago, with his team trailing in an eventual loss at Ocala Trinity Catholic, Jesuit coach Matt Thompson looked around his sideline and saw a team that looked vanquished. The second-year coach made it a point in the weeks following that he wouldn’t tolerate such behavior and ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Armwood 42, Venice 14

    VENICE — Armwood found itself in unfamiliar territory Friday night. The Hawks saw their five-game shutout streak snapped. Armwood led by a mere touchdown in the fourth quarter. And Venice scored more points on the vaunted Armwood defense than any team since the season’s opening week. But though the visiting ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: East Lake 37, Braden River 21

    Football: East Lake 37, Braden River 21 BRADENTON — For the past three weeks, East Lake was accustomed to getting big plays from its special teams and having receiver George Campbell streak down the field on long receptions. With the exception of a blocked extra point and a holding penalty that wiped out a 99-yard kickoff return ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 14, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 10

    SARASOTA — Clearwater Central Catholic earned its third straight trip to the Class 3A state semifinals Friday night, but will move on without its top player. The Marauders held off Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 14-10 and next faces Delray Beach American Heritage, a 23-7 winner over Miami Westminster Christian. CCC’s 11th ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:56 p.m. | Corey Long

  • Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 10

    Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 10 ORLANDO — After a lopsided first half of football that the perennial state title contenders weren’t quite used to playing, Plant came out revitalized in the second half of Friday’s Class 8A region semifinal against Dr. Phillips. Its defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs, and the offense kept up by scoring 10 ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Indian Rocks Christian 48, Naples First Baptist 12

    NAPLES — For the third year in a row, Indian Rocks Christian outrushed and overpowered an undermanned First Baptist to win Friday’s Class 2A region final 48-12 and advance to next week’s state semifinals. Stacked with talent at all skill positions, the Golden Eagles blew up the normally stout First ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:47 p.m. | John Gamba

  • Football: Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19

    Football: Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19 GAINESVILLE — Sunlake spent most of its Friday night in comeback mode, not a good place to be against a team that hasn’t lost a home playoff game in 37 years. Despite Sunlake having a chance to force overtime late, Gainesville held on for a 27-19 victory. The hosts led ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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