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  • Football: Hernando 35, Weeki Wachee 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Confidence was plentiful in the rain at Tom Fisher Stadium on Friday night as Hernando shook off two losses to open the season to dominate cross-county rival Weeki Wachee. Starting with a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown less than four minutes into the game, ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:00 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Nature Coast 56, Central 7

    BROOKSVILLE — The Nature Coast Sharks got off to a fast start and never looked back en route to a 42-0 halftime lead, as they routed the Central Bears, 56-7, at a rainy “Bears Den.” The Sharks (1-2, 1-0) played well overall on all sides of the ball. The Sharks ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:24 a.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • Football: Week 4 predictions

    Last week: Bob Putnam 8-2, John C. Cotey 6-4, Rodney Page 6-4, Kelly Parsons 6-4. Season so far: Parsons 42-11, Putnam 42-11, Cotey 38-15, Page 38-15 Tampa Bay top 10 Dunedin at Tarpon Springs  John C. Cotey: Tarpon Springs 26-20 Kelly Parsons: Tarpon Springs 42-17 Rodney Page: Tarpon Springs 31-21 ...
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    Thu. Sept. 18, 2014 at 2:43 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Sunlake vs. Springstead: Clash of dynamic defenses

    Springstead and Sunlake, the two best defenses on the North Suncoast? Most likely. Last year, both teams combined for 10 shutouts and played a physical and ferocious brand of defense on the way to the Class 6A playoffs. So far this season, it has been no different. Sunlake is 3-0 ...
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    Thu. Sept. 18, 2014 at 1:37 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Tampa Bay defensive stat leaders after Week 3

    Tampa Bay defensive stat leaders after Week 3 After three weeks of play, these are the top defensive players from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties: Tackles Player Solo Asst Total Joe Ryan, Plant 26 18 44 Trent Puleo, Seffner Christian 23 20 43 Nate Munson, Hudson 26 14 40 Donte Young, Weeki Wachee 18 19 37 Derek ...
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    Thu. Sept. 18, 2014 at 11:57 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Florida offered fresh start for East Lake’s Carson Lydon

    Florida offered fresh start for East Lake’s Carson Lydon EAST LAKE — East Lake High School linebacker Carson Lydon has made his usual assortment of eye-popping plays this season. Those hard hitting sacks on heart-stopping blitzes, game-changing interceptions or blocked punts combined with the uncanny ability to squeeze his muscular 241-pound frame into running lanes to stop a play ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 6:51 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time

    Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time 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.  Grab Bag power rankings  Here are the 20 hottest things in high school football right now. 1. (1) Pinellas County football: ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 11:23 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Another week, another HomeTeam Pick 'Em

    You know the drill: keep your name the same, and good luck. Loading...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 10:44 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 4

    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)                        3-0     154 1 ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Pick 'Em has a new overall leader and weekly winner

    In another tough week of picking high school football games, the top dogs struggled while allowing newcomer Malachi Strand to win the week, and David Bjelke to take the overall lead. Strand, a name we're pretty sure is borrowed from the television series Longmire, which I will now have to ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 25: Volleyball slate's getting tougher

    HomeTeam 25: Volleyball slate's getting tougher Only two new teams broke into the rankings this week, but with a lot of big matchups in the coming days, things could shake up in no time. Bloomingdale and Tampa Prep, now our No. 1 team, each have a rivalry match Tuesday, with the Bulls taking on district rival ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops

    HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops 1. (1) Armwood (3-0) Last week: Beat Hillsborough 26-0 This week: at Robinson Lowdown: Since a bumpy opening half to the season, the defense has not allowed a point in 10 straight quarters, the first time that’s happened since 2011. 2. (2) East Lake (3-0) Last week: Beat Dunedin 36-6 ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 2:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning QB: These guys weather any storm

    Sunday Morning QB: These guys weather any storm Four 200-yard rushing performances Chris Schwarz, River Ridge: The bulldozing back rushed for a career-high 299 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Wiregrass Ranch. His rushing total in Week 3 was more than in his first two games combined (293).  Stephon Williams, Calvary Christian: The senior transfer ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 8:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Sept. 6-12

    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. 5-12. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 11:02 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Springstead 23, Nature Coast 20

    Football: Springstead 23, Nature Coast 20 SPRING HILL — If you were looking for the perfect example of a workhorse running back, look no farther than Springstead’s Daniel Wright. Riding their senior back the entire game, the Eagles came back to beat rival Nature Coast 23-20 Friday night at Booster Stadium. “(Nature Coast) did a good ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:20 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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