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Thu. September 24, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

Pasco travels Friday to Wesley Chapel for a key Class 3A, District 7 battle.

Among those likely not to play is Pirates receiver Chaise Dunn, who has been recovering from a back bruise he suffered in a 32-7 loss at South Sumter.

Pasco coach Tom McHugh said Dunn has been cleared to play and been given his parents' blessing. But McHugh wants Dunn to be full strength rather than risk losing him for an extended period. 

McHugh said Dunn will likely dress and is expected to hold kicks.

"He got speared in the back and he's gimping around," McHugh said. "If he's wincing he'll hold for us on extra points and field goals. He won't play unless it's a dire situation."

Also of note, McHugh said running back Willie Jackson might not play this season. Jackson suffered a broken leg during the spring, and had his cast removed before fall practice.

"He's still doing rehab and his doctor is going visit by visit," McHugh said. "I don't know if Willie will be back this year until he's 100 percent. I would rather be sure. He's been working out and lifting weights. But he won't be on the field unless Willie can do what Willie could do."

Some good news, Sage Stephens has been cleared to return after he suffered a broken hip playing baseball.

igould@sptimes.com

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