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Thu. October 10, 2013 | John C. Cotey | Email

Grab Bag: North Suncoast edition

Call it Grab Bag Lite. John C. Cotey's weekly feature of Tampa Bay area football stats and quirky facts is devoted solely to the North Suncoast this week.

Bucking history
A pair of Hernando County teams will be trying to make history as opposed to repeating it Friday.

Central is playing Springstead, a team the Bears haven’t beaten since 2007. The Bears scored 32 straight points in that 32-10 win, but haven’t scored 32 points combined in the five games since.

2008: Springstead 49-0

2009: Springstead 21-0

2010: Springstead 42-7

2011: Springstead 26-7

2012: Springstead 42-7

Hernando faces similar history against South Sumter. The Raiders have beaten the Leopards seven straight times, dating to a 1997 Hernando victory when the team was coached by current Sunlake coach Bill Browning (and quarterbacked by his son, Brandon, who was 9-for-9 for 100 yards in that win.).

Since, the Leopards haven’t been able to stop the Raider offense.

1998: South Sumter 42-6

1999: South Sumter 32-8

2000: South Sumter 33-6

2003: South Sumter 42-24

2004: South Sumter 49-12

2011: South Sumter 55-28

2012: South Sumter 38-6

Streak in jeopardy
An injury to running back DeShawn Smith, who appeared to be coming into his own this season, will threaten Nature Coast Tech’s string of 1,000-yard rushers.

The last time the Sharks didn’t have a 1,000-yard rusher was 2006, when Josh Ortiz ran for 909.

Since then:
2007: Tevin Drake 1,416

2008: Tevin Drake 1,189

2009: Tevin Drake 1,529

2010: Ike Bailey 1,331

2011: Matt Breida 1,613

2012: Matt Breida 1,399

Smith already had some serious work to do to get to 1,000. Through five games, Smith has 309 yards. If he doesn't play Friday, he'll have four games to gain 691 yards, or 172 yards a game.

200-yard club
Ridgewood sophomore Glass Wilson went over 200 yards last week in the Rams’ first win of the season against Wesley Chapel. And while the Rams have certainly had their struggles over the years, we’re not sure any school has produced as many 200-yard rushers (four) or 200-plus performances (nine) since 2007.

Glass Wilson
218 vs. Wesley Chapel, Oct. 4, 2013

Cameron Rodriguez
248 vs. Zephyrhills, Nov. 12, 2010
244 vs. Hudson, Oct. 22, 2010
230 vs. Hudson, Oct. 23, 2009

Sterling Ross
279 vs. Central, Sept. 26, 2008
318 vs. Gulf, OCt. 3, 2008

Byronell Arline
307 vs. Zephyrhills, Nov. 9, 2007
353 vs. Gulf, Sept. 28, 2007
325 vs. Central, Sept. 21, 2007

Weird stat of the week
Land O’Lakes’ five-game win streak to open the season is nothing new for the Gators — it is the sixth time they have started 5-0.

And when they are 5-0?

The Gators are 6-0.

Yep, Land O’Lakes has never lost game No. 6 after starting 5-0.

2010: beat Wesley Chapel 49-3

2009: beat Wesley Chapel 56-6

2005: beat River Ridge 22-7

2002: beat Hudson 40-7

1999: beat Pasco 34-20

1992: beat Hudson 25-20.

If you’re placing bets on Friday’s River Ridge game, you might want to wager that the Knights will score either 21 or 0 points.

River Ridge has scored 0 in losses to Land O’Lakes (32-0), Sunlake (25-0) and Anclote (13-0)

River Ridge has scored 21 in wins over Wiregrass Ranch (21-14) and Gulf (21-7), and 21 in a loss to Mitchell.


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