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Mon. September 30, 2013 | John C. Cotey | Email

Cotey: Football top 25, Week 6

So, wait. That was the big week? Where was the drama, the excitement, the fantastic finishes and the thrilling comebacks? Thanks to Tampa Bay Tech and Plant playing a goosebumpy game, but the rest of you? You owe us. I feel like it was Christmas morning, and my present was a George Foreman grill. I wanted a new kitchen!

1. Armwood (5-0)
Last week: No. 2, beat Jefferson 28-9.
Cotey says: After three games in 12 days, the Hawks get a much deserved break, as all teams that ascend to No. 1 in the HomeTeam top 25 automatically get the next week off....oh, wait, what? A bye week? Oh, well, yeah that, too.

2. East Lake (5-0)
Last week: No. 4, beat Tarpon Springs 49-6.
Cotey says: The Eagles have scored 207 more points than their opponents, which is the best differential in Tampa Bay. Scary thing is, we can see the Eagles doing the same thing over the second half as well.
 
3. Sickles (4-0)
Last week: No. 5, did not play.
Cotey says: This is the highest Sickles has ever been ranked in the HomeTeam top 25.
 
4. Largo (4-1)
Last week: No. 6, beat Lakewood 20-6.
Cotey says: Jarvis Stewart is stealing the headlines, but that Packer defense is no joke - just 33 points allowed in its four victories.

5. Tampa Bay Tech (3-1)
Last week: No. 12, beat Plant 14-7.
Cotey says: Deon Thompson busted out, y'all. After gaining 38 yards on seven carries against Plant the past two seasons, Thompson rushed for a career-high 147 yatrds and scored both of Tech's TDs. 
 
6. Tampa Catholic (4-1)
Last week: No. 8, beat Cardinal Mooney 43-0.
Cotey says: Did you know there are three teams out there, Clearwater Central Catholic, Fort Meade and Cardinal Mooney, whose only loss this season is against the Crusaders? Tampa Catholic has a chance to add another to that list this week against Frostproof.

7. Plant City (4-0)
Last week: No. 10, beat Bloomingdale 40-0.
Cotey says: We thought we saw some chinks in the armor in the narrow win over Durant, but it turns out those were just dents left by opponents bouncing off the Raiders.

8. Plant (3-0-1)
Last week: No. 1, lost to Tampa Bay Tech 14-7.
Cotey says: The Panthers haven't been held to seven points or fewer by a Tampa Bay team not named Armwood since Nov. 11, 2004, when Durant beat them 30-6.

9. Pinellas Park (5-0)
Last week: No. 9, beat Dixie Hollins 35-21.
Cotey says: When was the last time you saw a team have four players run for more than100 yards? Right, you never have. But Friday night against the Rebels, Kal-el Williams (104), Donte Maxson (132), Angel Addison (113) and Pierre Johnson (112) all eclipsed the century mark. The Patriots, by the way, now have 3.5 miles worth of rushing yards this season.
 
10. Clearwater Central Catholic (4-1)
Last week: No. 11, beat Ocala Trinity Catholic 38-14.
Cotey says: The Jeff Smith Bandwagon got fresh spark plugs, a tank of the finest gas in the land and four new z-rated tires after the junior threw for 100 yards and ran for 167 and two touchdowns to spark CCC to an impressive win that may have finally kicked the Marauders' offense in the butt.

11. Jefferson (3-1)
Last week: No. 3, lost to Armwood 28-9.
Cotey says: Well, there's always the potential playoff rematch with Armwood. 

12. Wharton (4-1)
Last week: No. 15, beat East Bay 21-18.
Cotey says: Wildcats bend but don't break against Indians.
 
13. Lakewood (3-2)
Last week: No. 7, lost to Largo 20-6.
Cotey says: The Spartans are still the class of their district ...but if they don't mesh, beyond that? 
 
14. Springstead (4-1)
Last week: No. 19, beat Berkeley Prep 30-18.
Cotey says: Springstead has scored 38 of its 44 points the last two weeks in the second half, and last week scored 24 in the final quarter to the beat the Bucs. Wait ...or was that the Arizona Cardinals?

15. Land O'Lakes (5-0)
Last week: No. 16, beat Gulf 31-20.
Cotey says: Nothing like a good scare from winless Gulf as the Gators head into their bye week perfect.

16. Hillsborough (2-2)
Last week: No. 17, beat Lennard 49-0.
Cotey says: Since losing to Largo in the 2009 playoffs, the Terriers are 6-0 and have outscored schools whose name start with the letter L 292-53.

17. St. Petersburg (3-1)
Last week: No. 18, beat Boca Ciega 42-0.
Cotey says: Sophomore Jacquel Waller has become the sixth different Green Devil to rush for 100 yards the past 2.5 seasons. 
 
18. Sunlake (4-1)
Last week: No. 20, beat Ridgewood 22-0.
Cotey says: The Seahawks defense has allowed one touchdown this season in the first quarter, one in the third, and one in the fourth. And none in the second.

19. Nature Coast Tech  (2-2)
Last week: Unranked, beat Pasco 29-28.
Cotey says: The DeShawn Smith run. That is all.

20. Countryside (3-1)
Last week: No. 21, did not play.
Cotey says: Cougars come off a bye week to play Clearwater, a team that hasn't beaten Countryside since an overtime win in 2001.

21. Alonso (2-2)
Last week: No. 25, beat Spoto 56-14.
Cotey says: Looks like all the commitments last week paid off for the Ravens. Especially the one to winning.
 
22. Pasco (2-2)
Last week: No. 13, lost to Nature Coast 29-28. 
Cotey says: The Pirates lost four fumbles last week. Pretty much all you need to know.
 
23. Zephyrhills (4-1)
Last week: No. 25, beat Weeki Wachee 42-7.
Cotey says: Bulldogs get a week off before four straight district games.
 
24. Jesuit (2-3) 
Last week: Unranked, beat Jesuit 28-21.
Cotey says: Two of the three Tiger losses are to teams in our top 10.
 
25. Newsome (3-2) 
Last week: No. 14, lost to Jesuit 28-21.
Cotey says: Wolves didn't finish strong against Tigers.
 
Knocking on the door: King, St. Petersburg Catholic, Canterbury, Osceola.

 

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