Hillsborough: Football predictions, Week 10



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Thu. October 31, 2013 | Matt Baker and Kelly Parsons

Can’t miss matchups
Tampa Bay Tech (6-2, 3-1) at Sickles (7-1, 4-0)
Last week:
TBT lost to Gaither 14-10; Sickles beat Wiregrass Ranch 35-7
Story line: Sickles can clinch the Class 7A, District 7 championship with a victory. If TBT wins, the Titans are guaranteed at least a spot in a tiebreaker and would be district champs if Steinbrenner beats Gaither. …Both teams are loaded with Division I athletes and strong ground games. Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III is one of Tampa Bay’s leaders with 1,400 rushing yards, while TBT’s Deon Thompson and Deon Cain have combined for almost 1,400 rushing yards.
Kelly Parsons’ pick: Sickles can walk away free and clear with the district championship with a win, so that should be enough to fuel the Gryphons to a win. Sickles, 28-21
Matt Baker’s pick: TBT let another game slip away against Gaither and will be ready to play this week. I’m not sure motivation will be enough against Sickles’ star-studded lineup. Sickles, 21-17

Steinbrenner (3-5, 2-2) at Gaither (4-4, 3-1)
Last week:
Steinbrenner beat Freedom 17-15; Gaither beat TBT 14-10
Story line: Gaither can clinch at least a spot in a tiebreaker with a victory. A Cowboys win and a TBT loss puts Gaither in the playoffs. Steinbrenner’s postseason hopes are alive, too. A Warriors win and a TBT loss creates a three-way tie for second in the district. …Steinbrenner will be without coach Andres Perez-Reinaldo, who was suspended following his ejection last week. …Keep an eye on Steinbrenner receiver Shyheem Barthel, who has seven TDs in the past four games, and Gaither’s Jeff Suarez, who scored both touchdowns in last week’s victory.
Parsons: Both teams have a lot riding on this game and experienced quarterbacks to get them through it. But the Cowboys proved last week against TBT that their eyes are glued on the postseason. Gaither takes a close one. Gaither, 30-27
Baker: FIU commit Alex McGough and the Cowboys are coming on late and peaking at the right time. Gaither, 28-14

Wharton (6-3, 2-2) at Bloomingdale (5-3, 3-1)
Last week:
Wharton lost to Plant 46-13; Bloomingdale beat Newsome 24-10
Story line: Wharton quarterback Chase Litton has 1,765 passing yards, and despite the Wildcats’ big loss to Plant last week, he still had a pair of touchdowns through the air. The defense has been suspect lately, though, allowing 79 points in back-to-back losses the past two weeks …Bloomingdale has been fairly inconsistent, but perhaps the chance of clinching the No. 2 spot in the district with a win against Wharton will be enough motivation for the Bulls to pull it together.
Parsons: After its lack of first-half offense last week, expect Wharton to come out firing. Wharton, 35-24
Baker: I can’t figure either of these teams out. Flip a coin. Bloomingdale, 21-20

Durant (3-6, 1-2) at East Bay (6-3, 2-1)
Parsons: East Bay might be the king of close wins, but the Indians should take this one by at least two scores. East Bay, 24-10
Baker: Christian Ashford and the Indians will keep their playoff hopes alive with another ugly victory. East Bay, 14-10

Plant City (6-2, 2-1) at Brandon (3-5, 0-3)
Parsons: Plant City didn’t quash Strawberry Crest’s district title hopes last week for nothing. The Raiders win big, keeping its own championship dreams alive. Plant City, 41-14
Baker: UCF commit Landon Galloway will lead the Raiders to a three-way tie atop Class 7A, District 8. Plant City, 28-13

Middleton (2-6, 0-1) at Jesuit (5-3, 1-0)
Parsons: Middleton has picked things up since its 0-5 start, but after a week off, Jesuit should be ready to seal its district championship right off the bat. Jesuit 38-7
Baker: Jesuit officially wraps up the district title and ends Middleton’s hopes of a three-way tie in a three-way district. Jesuit, 35-10

Plant (7-1-1, 4-0) at Alonso (5-3, 2-2)
Parsons: Even though its’ already clinched the district title a ninth straight time, Plant knows better than to come out flat with the playoffs nearing. Panthers will put on yet another offensive show against the Ravens. Plant, 39-21
Baker: Alexander Jackson and a high-scoring Panthers offense will officially end Alonso’s playoff chances. Plant, 35-20

Robinson (4-5, 4-3) at Hillsborough (5-3, 5-2)
Parsons: Coming off a close loss last week to Durant, Hillsborough will take it to the Knights early and quickly. Hillsborough, 34-7
Baker: Robinson will hang around, but star QB Dwayne Lawson will make one more play for the Terriers. Hillsborough, 28-24

Wiregrass Ranch (3-5, 0-4) at Freedom (1-7, 0-4)
Parsons: Freedom’s sole win was seven weeks ago, so it shouldn’t be hard for the Bulls to snap their two-game losing streak. Wiregrass, 24-14
Baker: Jaye Miner and the Bulls get their first district win since November 2010 and score Pasco County’s first win over a Hillsborough opponent since Pasco beat Jesuit in the 2011 region final. Wiregrass, 21-17

Jefferson (7-1, 6-1) at Blake (2-7, 2-5)
Parsons: Jefferson, 37-10
Baker: Jefferson, 35-7

Leto (0-8, 0-7) at King (5-4, 2-4)
Parsons: King, 31-0
Baker: King, 35-0

Lennard (1-8) at Spoto (1-7)  
Parsons: Spoto, 30-10
Baker: Spoto, 28-14

Armwood (8-0, 7-0) at Chamberlain (4-5, 4-3)
Parsons: Armwood, 42-7
Baker: Armwood, 35-0

Northside Christian (3-5, 2-3) at Carrollwood Day (6-3, 4-1)
Parsons: Carrollwood Day, 31-21
Baker: Carrollwood Day, 28-13

Berkeley Prep (3-4, 1-3) at Frostproof (6-2, 2-1)
Parsons: Frostproof, 26-7
Baker: Frostproof, 28-7

Bishop McLaughlin (1-7, 0-4) at Tampa Catholic (7-1, 4-0)
Parsons: Tampa Catholic, 45-10
Baker: Tampa Catholic, 42-6

Faith Christian (4-4) at Citrus Park Chr. (1-4)
Parsons: Faith Christian, 24-7
Baker: Faith Christian, 35-7

Riverview (2-6, 0-4) at Newsome (4-5, 1-3)
Parsons: Newsome, 35-17
Baker: Newsome, 28-7

Canterbury (6-2, 3-2) at Cambridge Christian (4-4, 2-3) (at Skyway Park)
Parsons: Canterbury, 28-21
Baker: Cambridge Christian, 21-17


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