Cotey: Football top 25, Week 10
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Mon. October 28, 2013 | John C. Cotey
The HomeTeam top 25 football rankings, Week 10:
1. Armwood (8-0)
Last week: No. 1, beat King 28-0.
Cotey says: It may not be the most star-studded defense in school history, but it certainly has earned the right to be compared with some of the best ones in school history. The Hawks have allowed 3.66 points a game against teams with winning records, and 3.60 against teams with a losing record.
2. East Lake (8-0)
Last week: No. 2, beat Pinellas Park 42-12.
Cotey says: Can anyone stop the Eagles, who are the only team in Tampa Bay with 300 more points than their opponents?
3. Plant (7-1-1)
Last week: No. 5, beat Wharton 46-13.
Cotey says: In last week's win, six players had sacks, nine players had carries, 11 Panthers caught passes and 30 players had tackles. And rumor has it, coach Robert Weiner let 15 different assistants call offensive plays.
4. Tampa Catholic (7-1)
Last week: No. 6, beat Lakeland Christian 41-0.
Cotey says: Friday night, the Crusaders will play a team with a losing record for just the second time this season. Then...on to Jesuit!
5. Clearwater Central Catholic (7-1)
Last week: No. 8, beat Admiral Farragut 44-3.
Cotey says: The Marauders play IMG this week, just a battle between two lovable, pluckish little schools trying to make their way in this hardscrabble world of high school football.
6. Jefferson (7-1)
Last week: No. 9, beat Chamberlain 28-24.
Cotey says: Bigger test than expected for the Dragons last week, but they pass it and move on to the playoffs as a runnerup.
7. Largo (6-2)
Last week: No. 3, lost to Lake Gibson 28-14.
Cotey says: Will the plan to schedule tougher games have a payoff down the road for Largo? Because in the grand scheme, a 28-14 loss to a very good Braves team may have ultimately been better than a 42-0 win over one of the local squads.
8. Sickles (7-1)
Last week: No. 10, beat Wiregrass Ranch 35-7.
Cotey says: The toughest district game of the year is Friday against Tampa Bay Tech. But in district games this year, the Gryphons have outscored opponents 180-33.
9. Lakewood (6-2)
Last week: No. 11, beat Tarpon Springs 46-21.
Cotey says: This is looking more and more like a region finalist, dare we say state semifinalist, every week. If the Spartans can continue to fit the right pieces in on offense, this could be a scary squad. Oh, and speaking of scary: the Spartans travel to Jacksonville Raines this week.
10. Springstead (7-1)
Last week: No. 12, beat Mitchell 38-6.
Cotey says: Tampa Bay's most underrated team, and underrated defense. The Eagles just need to do it one more time Friday against Land O'Lakes to clinch a district championship.
11. Tampa Bay Tech (6-2)
No. 4, lost to Gaither 14-10.
Cotey says: *Scratches head*
12. Plant City (6-2)
Last week: No. 13, beat Strawberry Crest 41-14.
Cotey says: Backs against the wall, the Raiders saved their biggest offensive night of the season for their biggest game. Now, they just have to do it again.
13. Zephyrhills (7-1)
Last week: No. 16, beat Hernando 32-14.
Cotey says: The Bulldogs only have to beat their arch-rival in what will be one of the most heated games in 9-Mile War history on Friday to make the playoffs for first time since 2006.
14. Sunlake (7-1)
Last week: No. 15, did not play.
Cotey says: So, does Sunlake root for Springstead to beat Land O'Lakes, guaranteeing the Seahawks a runnerup playoff spot in the district? Or do they root for Land O'Lakes, forcing a three-way tie and giving them a shot at the district title (with risk of NOT making the playoffs)?
15. Pinellas Park (7-1)
17. Jesuit (5-3)
Last week: No. 7, lost to East Lake 42-14.
Cotey says: As they prepare for this week's do-or-die game against Countryside, Patriots need to repeat after me: "What game last week, what game last week, what game last week?"
16. Wharton (6-3)
Last week: No. 17, lost to Plant 46-13.
Cotey says: The Wildcats suffered their worst loss since Armwood beat them 54-0 in 2010.
Last week: No. 18, did not play.
It's Tigers vs. Tigers Friday for the district title, with red-hot Jesuit (four straight wins) expected to roll.
18. Land O'Lakes (7-1)
Last week: No. 19, beat Fivay 44-12.
It was the Gators who were supposed to be suffering the hangover after the Sunlake game. But it was Fivay that needed the aspirin after last week's game.
19. Hillsborough (5-3)
Last week: No. 14, lost to Durant 32-30.
Cotey says: The Terriers have won two games by two total points, and lost two by seven points. It all evens out.
20. Pasco (5-3)
Last week: No. 21, beat Central 46-12.
Cotey says: Seems like reports of the Pirates' demise were a little exaggerated.
21. St. Petersburg (6-2)
Last week: No. 22, beat Dixie Holins 52-27.
Cotey says: The Green Devils need to beat Sarasota Riverview this week to secure their spot in the postseason.
22. Countryside (6-2)
Last week: No. 23, beat Seminole 35-21.
Sophomore QB Trent Chmelik made his first career start and the Cougars didn't miss a beat, setting up Friday's do-or-die with Pinellas Park.
Last week: No. 24, beat Newsome 24-10
Cotey says: Where does the bigness of this week's game rank in school history?
24. Osceola (6-3)
Last week: No. 25, beat Palm Harbor 22-21.
Cotey says: The Warriors have won five of six, and if they can make it six of seven against Venice, they head to playoffs.
25. Indian Rocks Christian (7-2)
Last week: No. 25, beat Keswick Christian 55-16.
Cotey says: Has outscored past six opponents 309-30. WOW! (Yeah, same thing I said last week, with updated numbers, because, WOW!)