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.
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.
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.
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.