Cotey: Football midseason rankings, Nos. 1-78



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Mon. October 7, 2013 | John C. Cotey | Email

Cotey: Football midseason rankings, Nos. 1-78

A special midseason edition of the HomeTeam 25, where we spread our wings a little bit and do the impossible -- rank every team that plays football in Tampa Bay. Yeah. Every. Team. Say hello to the HomeTeam 25's Daddy, in town this week for a visit.

1. Armwood (5-0)
Last week: No. 1, did not play.
Cotey says: The Hawks play Leto this week. Can we suggest three-minute quarters?

2. East Lake (6-0)
Last week: No. 2, beat Seminole 51-13.
Cotey says: The Eagles have put up a Tampa Bay-best 280 points, which is 69 more than the nearest public school team. Oh, and I hear the Eagles defense is pretty good, too.

3. Sickles (5-0)
Last week: No. 3, beat Freedom 53-13.
Cotey says: This is the highest Sickles has ever been ranked in the HomeTeam top 25.
4. Largo (5-1)
Last week: No. 4, beat Osceola 35-7.
Cotey says: The Packers will have a week off before a big game against Venice that could all but clinch a 10th straight district title for coach Rick Rodriguez.

5. Tampa Bay Tech (4-1)
Last week: No. 5, beat Steinbrenner 54-28.
Cotey says: The Titans gave up 28 points last week, marking the first time since a 2011 game against Plant City they have given up four touchdowns and still won.

6. Tampa Catholic (5-1)
Last week: No. 6, beat Frostproof 21-16.
Cotey says: The past two weeks, quarterback Kyle Ploucher has either run or passed for all seven touchdowns scored by the Crusader offense.

7. Plant (4-1-1)
Last week: No. 8, beat Riverview 47-14.
Cotey says: Colby Brown threw six first-half touchdown passes, three to Jordan Reed. Rumor is, he spent the second half on the sideline giving pedicures to his starting offensive linemen. A nice gesture.

8. Pinellas Park (6-0)
Last week: No. 9, beat Northeast 56-0.
Cotey says: THIS WEEK'S AMAZING STAT: The Patriots' 56 points against the Vikings were the most they have scored since beating Boca Ciega 57-14 in 1990. I wonder if coach Kenny Crawford remembers that, since he ws playing at Bogie that season?
9. Clearwater Central Catholic (5-1)
Last week: No. 10, beat St. Petersburg Catholic 35-14.
Cotey says: The Marauders keep winning, even if fans keep leaving the games with socks still on.
10. Jefferson (4-1)
Last week: No. 11, beat Leto 49-0.
Cotey says: The Dragons won last week. Pretty much all there is to say about that. 

11. Plant City (4-1)
Last week: No. 7, lost to East Bay 19-13.
Cotey says: Oh, Plant City, you lure us in with those pretty uniforms and fancy plays on offense and defense and sparkly collection of finely-tuned athletes, and then...crash. Now we will see what the Raiders are really made of.

12. Wharton (5-1)
Last week: No. 12, beat Newsome 21-20.
Cotey says: The Wildcats continue to build just enough of a lead to win games and still provide for exciting endings. Heck, they even made a pooch punt seem electrifying. Now that's impressive.

13. Lakewood (4-2)
Last week: No. 13, beat Boca Ciega 38-0.
Cotey says: The Spartans played the Pirtates for the first time since 2010, when the game between the teams was actually fun and competitive (Lakewood won 14-13). Now, the one-time rivalry is a little mismatched.
14. Springstead (5-1)
Last week: No. 14, beat Fivay 34-0.
Cotey says: Springstead has now won five straight games, and the scrappy Eagles are really starting to grow on us.

15. Land O'Lakes (5-0)
Last week: No. 15, did not play.
Cotey says: The Gators went into the bye week one of only seven teams with a perfect record. They come out of the bye week as one of only six teams with a perfect record.

16. Hillsborough (3-2)
Last week: No. 16, beat King 28-27.
Cotey says: The Terriers' late two-point conversion all but finishes King off as a playoff team, and keeps Hillsborough's teeny tiny hopes alive.

17. St. Petersburg (4-1)
Last week: No. 17, beat Palm Harbor University 28-6.
Cotey says: In their four victories, the Green Devils have dispatched and outscored opponents by a pretty impressive 146-13 margin.
18. Sunlake (5-1)
Last week: No. 18, beat Mitchell 20-3.
Cotey says: The Seahawks have only allowed one team to reach double figures in points, and last week limited the Mustangs to 75 total yards. 
19. Countryside (4-1)
Last week: No. 20, beat Clearwater 49-0.
Cotey says: The Cougars have scored 94 straight points.

20. Zephyrhills (4-1)
Last week: No. 23, did not play.
Cotey says: The Bulldogs have must-win district games the rest of the way out.
21. Jesuit (3-3) 
Last week: No. 24, beat Spoto 49-16.
Cotey says: The Tigers opened district play exactly like everyone said they would -- looking like the best team in that three-team league and proving a district title is going to be no problem.
22. East Bay (4-2)
Last week: Unranked, beat Plant City 19-13.
Cotey says: It really shouldn't be that surprising that the Indians beat the Raiders, because they did it last year, too. But doing it with a ... gasp....pass?

23. Tarpon Springs (4-2)
Last week: Unranked, beat Gibbs 26-18.
Cotey says: The Spongers have been toying with the top 25 all season.
24. Hernando (2-3)
Last week: Unranked, beat Nature Coast Tech 20-13.
Cotey says: The Leopards spent the first part of the season getting beat by Jacksonville Bolles, Citrus and Cocoa (currently a combined 13-2), and the payoff might be a second part of the season that's something special.
25. Newsome (3-3)
Last week: No. 25, lost to Wharton 21-20.
Cotey says: The good news:  the Wolves are 3-0 on the the road this year. The bad news: they are 0-3 at home, where this week they host rival Durant.
Nature Coast Tech (2-3): Missed golden opportunity to take big step toward postseason.

27. King (4-2): Lions appeared on verge of dreamy season until last week's nightmare ending.

28. Pasco (2-3): Nate Craig injury could be final blow in rough season for Pirates.

29. Chamberlain (4-2): Only other undefeated team in the Chiefs' district? Armwood.

30. Strawberry Crest (4-2): Working on a school-record three-game win streak.
31. Osceola (3-3): Two of three losses are by a combined six points; only Largo has beaten Warriors big.
32. Palm Harbor U. (3-2): We're not sure how coach Matt LePain does it. But he does.
33. Gaither (3-3): Has a week off to prepare for huge district tilt against Sickles.
34. Berkeley Prep (2-3): Three-game losing streak includes beaten on last play of game, and in overtime.
35. Bloomingdale (3-2): Bulls are right in the 8A-6 playoff hunt.
36. St. Petersburg Catholic (3-2): Barons came out of loss to CCC looking forward to possible playoff rematch. 
37. Robinson (2-4): This week's game against King will let us know where the Knights really are.
38. Alonso (3-3): Ravens' playoff hopes all but went poof last week.
39. Indian Rocks Christian (4-2): Perfect 3-0 in 2A-5, has outscored district foes 109-6. 
40. Riverview (2-3): Mike Thornton slowly turning the Sharks around.
41. Brandon (3-3): First two-game win streak since 2011.
42. Anclote (3-3): The Sharks have been down, now they are back up after three straight wins.
43. Blake (2-4): Two wins are by 94 points, but can't seem to turn corner.
44. Mitchell (3-3): Beating the teams it should beat, but that won't be enough.
45. Dixie Hollins (2-3): Has allowed 35 points or more three times this season, all losses.
46. Carrollwood Day (3-3): Handed Canterbury its first loss of the season last week.
47. Durant (1-5): 1-0 when it scores more than 13 points in a game.
48. Admiral Farragut (3-2): One of those sneaky good teams to be wary of.
49. Cambridge (4-2): Since 0-2 start, has outscored opponents 205-42.
50. Hudson (4-1): Cobras have eased into tough part of schedule, now it gets real.
51. River Ridge (2-4): Weird stat: Knights have scored either 0 or 21 points in their games this season.
52. Wiregrass Ranch (2-3): District play hasn't been kind to Bulls, but it's better than it's been.
53. Steinbrenner (1-4): Scored a season-high 28 points last week, but still lost.
54. Seminole (1-5): Only victory this season was a shutout.
55. Freedom (1-5): Pretty much seem to be having same year the Patriots had last year.
56. Gibbs (1-5): Gladiators have been better than record indicates.
57. Middleton (0-5): Some talent on the roster, just not enough of it.
58. Calvary Christian (4-2): Playoff hopes dealt a serious blow with loss last week.
59. Fivay (2-3): Hoping win over Gulf this week can jump-start playoff aspirations.
60. Weeki Wachee (2-4): Really only one real bad loss this season.
61. Seffner Christian (5-0): Good season, but only beaten one team over .500.
62. Lennard (0-6): Longhorns have four losses by 15 points or fewer, equal to last year's total.
63. Dunedin (1-4): Since 42-41 win to open season, has been outscored 171-7.
64. Central (0-6): Two one-point losses this season for team mired in 14-game losing streak.
65. Spoto (0-6): Last three games are against Middleton, Lennard and Leto.
66. Boca Ciega (1-5): Outscored by Top 25 teams 114-0 this season.
67. Clearwater (0-6): Young talent taking lumps, has allowed 44 points or more five times.
68. Canterbury (5-1): Knocked from unbeaten ranks last week.
69. Ridgewood (1-5): Defense is improving, offense needs to catch up.
70. Wesley Chapel (0-5): Last two losses by a combined 12 points, but schedule gets tougher.
71. Gulf (0-5): Losing streak at 17 games, but you can see improvement in Bucs.
72. Leto (0-5): Falcons have lost 36 straight on the field (two wins awarded via forfeit).

73. Northeast (0-6): Only team still waiting on first score of the season.
74. Shorecrest (1-3): Has lost last three to playoff teams from 2012.
75. Northside Christian (1-4): Only win for Mike Alstott so far was a 47-0 rout of Bishop McLaughlin. 
76. Bishop McLaughlin (1-4): Giving up more than 50 points a game in four straight losses.
77. Keswick (0-5): Blake Engelhardt starting a rebuilding effort.
78. Citrus Park Christian (1-3): First win in school history last week.



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