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  • Football: Week 6 predictions, Part I

    Here are staff writers' predictions for Thursday's football games: Riverview at Plant  Rodney Page: Plant 42-7 Kelly Parsons: Plant 54-7 Bob Putnam: Plant 49-14 John C. Cotey: Plant 38-0   Wharton at Newsome  Rodney Page: Newsome 28-14 Kelly Parsons: Newsome 35-10 Bob Putnam:  Newsome 23-13 John C. Cotey: Newsome 23-16 ...
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    Wed. Oct. 01, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Midweek Grab Bag: District action heats up

    Midweek Grab Bag: District action heats up What would the first week of some big district games be without a special edition Grab Bag, playoff prognostication style?   Class 8A-6 Teams: Plant (4-1, 1-0), Wharton (2-3, 1-0), Newsome (2-3, 1-0), Riverview (1-3, 0-1), Bloomingdale (3-1, 0-1), Alonso (2-3, 0-1) Three key stats 1. Plant has the leading ...
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    Wed. Oct. 01, 2014 at 5:03 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 6

    The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold:   Class 8A Record  Pts Prv 1. Dr. Phillips (12)                         5-0     161 1  2. First Coast (3)                           4-0     156 2  3. ...
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    Wed. Oct. 01, 2014 at 9:08 a.m. | Associated Press

  • HomeTeam 25: Blink and you'll miss a pop quiz

    HomeTeam 25: Blink and you'll miss a pop quiz 1. (1) Armwood (5-0) Last week: Beat Jefferson 42-0 This week: Bye Lowdown: I’m not saying this is the Most Incredible Stat in the History of Football Stats, but I am saying that if I were considering a list of incredible stats for Most Incredible Stat in the History of ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 3:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 25: Volleyball's top teams pretty unshakable

    HomeTeam 25: Volleyball's top teams pretty unshakable As many teams’ regular seasons are coming to a close in the next couple weeks, these final matches before district tournaments begin will be big. Several of the top-ranked squads are still holding on to lengthy win streaks — and to dreams of bringing a state title back to Tampa ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 2:58 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Sunday Morning QB: Approaching midseason

    Sunday Morning QB: Approaching midseason SMQ team of the week Clearwater Central Catholic: The Marauders, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, had eight players nursing injuries during the week. Five were healed enough to play, but the Marauders still were without two of their offensive linemen for a matchup against Ocala Trinity Catholic, No. 4 ...
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    Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for week of Sept. 20-26

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Sept. 26. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 11:44 a.m. | Times Staff

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Nature Coast 17, Pasco 14, overtime

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Nature Coast 17, Pasco 14, overtime BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast and Pasco added another chapter to its growing rivalry. The previous three games were decided by a combined five points, so it’s only fitting the fourth game went to overtime. In the extra time, the Sharks’ Ronald Florkowski kicked a 20-yard field goal. Then Nature Coast ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Football: Zephyrhills 48, Weeki Wachee 6

    WEEKI WACHEE — A week after a 45-10 loss at South Sumter, Zephyrhills fired on all cylinders, scoring 48 consecutive points. Key drive: After a 28-yard field goal by Weeki Wachee’s Mike Van Slee, Tyler Kirby led a go-ahead drive that included a 20-yard pass to Jaylen Pickett for the ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 12:37 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: South Sumter 38, Central 0

    Up 17-0 at the half in a closer game than expected, the host Raiders (5-0, 2-0) put up 21 points late in the third quarter to put the game away against Central (1-4, 0-3). Although Central suffered another loss, the defensive effort against the preeminent favorite in Class 5A, District ...
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    Fri. Sept. 26, 2014 at 11:47 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Clutch kickers: All about the leg this season

    Clutch kickers: All about the leg this season It is not easy figuring out the best high school kicker in the Tampa Bay area.  Consider: East Lake’s Daniel LaCamera is a Texas A&M recruit who became an internet sensation two weeks ago after a Vine video surfaced of him hitting a 68-yard field goal in practice. He currently ...
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    Thu. Sept. 25, 2014 at 5:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Week 5 predictions

    Top 10 games in Tampa Bay   Pasco at Nature Coast  John C. Cotey: Pasco 17-12 Kelly Parsons: Pasco 31-30 Rodney Page: Nature Coast 21-18 Bob Putnam: Nature Coast 21-20   River Ridge at Mitchell John C. Cotey: Mitchell 28-21  Kelly Parsons: River Ridge 28-21 Rodney Page: River Ridge 31-28 ...
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    Thu. Sept. 25, 2014 at 4:10 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Nature Coast hopes for four in a row vs. Pasco

    Nature Coast hopes for four in a row vs. Pasco SPRING HILL — Quarterback Jamison Carnegie had the best seat in the house for Nature Coast’s game against Pasco last year. Problem was, Carnegie didn’t want a seat.  A week before, Carnegie broke his hip against Central and was forced to miss the rest of his sophomore season. He could ...
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    Thu. Sept. 25, 2014 at 3:35 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay defensive stat leaders after Week 4

    Tampa Bay defensive stat leaders after Week 4 Tackles Player Solo Asst Total Cody Endris, Tampa Catholic 25 32 57 Joe Ryan, Plant 32 23 55 Justin Frain, Seminole 41 9 50 Jake Hampton, Sickles 33 17 50 Nate Munson, Hudson 32 18 50 Jeremy Martinez, Alonso 33 16 49 Dean Brooks, Weeki Wachee 26 20 46 Trevor ...
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    Thu. Sept. 25, 2014 at 1:05 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Midweek Grab Bag: At least one more week of Lennard love

    Midweek Grab Bag: At least one more week of Lennard love Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit, and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.  Power rankings  Here are the 20 hottest things in high school football right now. 1. (NR) The weather: Seriously, that rain ...
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    Wed. Sept. 24, 2014 at 5:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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