Cotey: Another turbulent week at the top ... of the Top 25



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Mon. September 17, 2012 | John C. Cotey | Email

Cotey: Another turbulent week at the top ... of the Top 25

Well, that didn't last long.

Last week, I thought Countryside could beat Plant and Armwood. This week, I'm, uh, humbled.

My first No. 1 team, Plant, lost by 30 points.

My second No. 1 team, Countryside, lost by 21, though it felt more like 50.

My third No. 1 team?

I'm back to the safe, to the easy, to the security blanket of all pollsters: Armwood.

Not only did the Hawks beat No. 6 Tampa Bay Tech, they decimated the Titans. It's what Armwood does, time after time after time.

I remember that now. I'm no longer hazy, and confused.

Well….hazy maybe.

So welcome back, Hawks. Sorry for all the confusion.

1. Armwood 2-1 (2): Unless Alvin Bailey is suspended for a whole game, I'm not sure what kind of chance everyone else has.

2. Largo 3-0 (4): Yeah, they destroyed the No. 1 team, so they hop over Plant into the No. 2 hole. Can the Packers beat Plant? We'll never know, but it sure would be fun to find out.

3. Plant 2-1 (3): So, who didn't predict a 52-20 win coming off a loss? East money right there.

4. Robinson 3-0 (5): I think you can make a case for the Knights to be ranked No. 2 or 3, they are that good.

5. Pasco 2-0 (7): Pasco only had 168 yards of offense last week, which might be a concern if it hadn't scored 61 points.

6. Countryside 2-1 (1): Haven't seen a Cougar performance that bad since they had coaches whose last name wasn't Davis.

7. East Lake 2-1 (8): Big question Friday night: how did Countryside beat East Lake? It's a good one.

8. Hillsborough 2-0 (10): Just quietly doing its thing. We'll check back in with the Terriers when they play Jefferson in three weeks.

9. Tampa Bay Tech 2-1 (6): Titans are not who I thought they were, but rather who they always seem to be. If that makes sense.

10. Lakewood 2-0 (12): Spartans went from "probably not going to make playoffs in that district " to "hey, Spartans look like a playoff team" in about as long as it took Robinson to whip Jesuit last week.

11. Wharton 3-0 (13): Lack of rushing attack still unsettling, but passing attack is like Tums.

12. Durant 2-0 (15): I would favor the Cougars in every game left on their schedule, with a pick'em against Wharton in a few weeks.

13. Clearwater Central Catholic 2-1 (14): Another big game against a bigger school this week. Cramping optional.

14. Jesuit 1-2 (9): Wow. Just ….wow.

15. Palm Harbor U. 3-0 (16): Seriously, if they played East Lake today…who ya got?

16. Sickles 1-1 (17): Gryphons are coming off a bye week, looking to beat King for fourth straight time.

17. Berkeley Prep 3-0 (19): Bucs schedule has been generous; first three opponents are all now 0-3.

18. Gaither 2-1 (11): Every year there's a team that you think is good, maybe great, but they struggle to some victories, lose some real headscratchers and make you say "What is their deal?" about 20 times during the season. This could be that team, I think.

19. Springstead 3-0 (20): I think this week we'll start to know if this team is for real and a playoff contender.

20. Sunlake 2-0 (21): See Eagles, Springstead.

21. Pinellas Park 2-1 (23): The Pats scored 48 points last week, their most since 2009.

22. Jefferson 1-2 (18): The Dragons have the week off to figure out how they can stop allowing opponents to score 50-plus points on them, as two of their first three have done this year. Oh, and Armwood is next up.

23. Alonso 1-2 (24): Finally, this ebony bird beguiles my sad fancy into smiling. (Yeah, others might use quoth the Raven, "Nevermore," but I decided to blow your mind instead.)

24. Tarpon Springs 2-1 (NR): The Spongers hung with East Lake. I think they deserve a ranking.

25. Tampa Catholic 3-0 (NR): Solid QB. Big OL. Super RBs. Very good WRs. Not bad for a team that was supposed to go 0-10, or something like that.

25. Northeast 3-0 (NR): The first 3-0 start since 2007 has some folks thinking the Vikings might have something. I'll wait till after the next three weeks to make an assessment.

Dropped out: Hernando, St. Petersburg.

Close to dropping in: Admiral Farragut, Carrollwood Day, Mitchell.


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