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Thu. October 10, 2013 | Matt Baker and Kelly Parsons

Can’t-miss matchups

Sickles (5-0) at Plant (4-1-1)
Last week:
Sickles beat Freedom 53-13; Plant beat Riverview 47-14
Story line: Two of Hillsborough County’s top teams collide in one of the year’s top non-district matchups. Sickles’ headlines have centered on Ray Ray McCloud III, the four-star junior who leads Tampa Bay in rushing (1,002 yards, 10 touchdowns). But that overshadows a Gryphons defense that has only allowed four offensive touchdowns in its past four games and an improved passing attack. Isaac Holder has passed for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns — five of them to senior Jaaron Barrett. …Plant’s passing attack is no slouch, either. Colby Brown leads the county in passing (1,219 yards). Six of his 16 touchdown passes came last week against Riverview in a bounce-back game after a loss to Tampa Bay Tech the week before. …Keep an eye on the Panthers’ offensive line, led by four-star junior Jake Fruhmorgen and Tennessee commit Ray Raulerson, which will try to defend a stout pass rush.
Kelly Parsons’ pick: The Sickles defense will likely cause Plant some trouble from the start, but I think the  Panthers, whose offense has been potent all season, will find a way to win late. Plant, 24-21
Matt Baker’s pick: Even with Texas commit Andrew Beck at linebacker, Plant’s defense has been susceptible to speedy rushers. And the Gryphons have one of the flashiest in the state. Sickles, 21-17

Tampa Bay Tech (4-1) at Plant City (4-1)
Last week:
TBT beat Steinbrenner 54-28; Plant City lost 19-13 to East Bay.
Story line: One of the area’s top offenses faces one of its best defenses in a non-district game. TBT’s explosive offense has scored at least 31 points three times and is averaging almost 400 yards per game. Deon Cain has had a breakout junior season, throwing as many touchdown passes (10) as he did all of last season. But only Armwood has allowed fewer points in the county than Plant City (42). The Raiders have eight interceptions — three by sophomore Tavares Chase. … Plant City will try to rebound quickly from last week’s overtime loss to East Bay and fumbled away a scoring chance inside the 5. …Freshman KayJay Crawford will be key in stopping the Raiders’ passing game. He has three interceptions already.
Parsons: Plant City collapsed on both sides of the ball last week in the second half, and this week the Raiders will be tested even more. If the Titans could shut down an experienced Plant attack, they shouldn’t have much trouble limiting a first-year quarterback. TBT, 24-7
Baker: Plant City will continue to battle for the Class 7A, District 8 championship, but I can’t see the Raiders slowing down USF commit Tajee Fullwood and the Titans. TBT, 20-13
For more predictions on tonight’s games, visit tampabay.com/hometeam.

Chamberlain (4-2, 4-0) at Hillsborough (3-2, 3-2)
Parsons: Hillsborough has been on a roll since its loss to Armwood, and Dwayne Lawson has had almost 200 yards through the air or more in three of the Terriers’ five games. That should be enough to hold off Chamberlain. Hillsborough, 35-20
Baker: Azeez Al-Shaair and Hillsborough’s defense got a scare last week against King. That wakeup call will be enough to power the Terriers to their fourth consecutive win. Hillsborough, 28-14

Bloomingdale (3-2) at East Bay (4-2)
Parsons: East Bay has been hit-or-miss, but so have the Bulls, who scored 40 points against Plant in week three before being shut out a week later. The Indians’ run game can be hard to stop, and that should help them get the narrow victory. East Bay, 17-7
Baker: Bloomingdale QB Isaiah McIntyre has quietly had a solid season (seven TD passes, seven TD rushes) and outdueled Alonso’s Chris Oladokun last week. His Bulls will edge the Indians this week. Bloomingdale, 20-17

Ocala Trinity Catholic (4-2) at Jesuit (3-3)
Parsons: Trinity Catholic has been more successful this season, but it hasn’t quite seen the talented opponents the Tigers have. The Celtics won’t have enough fire to stop Jesuit’s win streak. Jesuit, 27-13
Baker: The No. 4 team in Class 3A won’t be enough to handle Jesuit. Vincent Jackson and the Tigers’ defense will be strong enough down the stretch. Jesuit, 28-21

King (4-2, 2-2) at Robinson (2-4, 2-2)
Parsons: King proved its 3-0 start meant something last week by playing the Terriers tough. Riding another outstanding rushing performance — the Lions had 257 yards against Hillsborough — King should top Robinson. King, 31-21
Baker: Otis Williams and the Lions nearly toppled Hillsborough last week. They’ll get close again against Robinson but won’t be able to knock off Michael Duclos and the Knights. Robinson, 21-17

Blake (2-4) at Middleton (0-5)
Parsons: Sure, Middleton is still winless, but Blake’s two victories weren’t against the toughest of opponents. The Tigers will find a way to snap their losing streak. Middleton, 24-20.
Baker: One of Tampa’s most historic rivalries flares up again. Blake has scored at least 40 points in the past two meetings. Corey Bennett and the Yellow Jackets will make it three in a row. Blake, 42-24

Lennard (0-6, 0-5) at Jefferson (4-1, 3-1)
Parsons: Jefferson, 49-10
Baker: Jefferson, 42-6

International Community (4-1) at Seffner Christian (5-0)
Parsons: Seffner Christian, 28-27
Baker: Seffner Christian, 42-35

Riverview (2-3) at Strawberry Crest (4-2)
Parsons: Riverview. 21-17
Baker: Strawberry Crest, 35-14

Durant (1-5) at Newsome (3-3)  
Parsons: Newsome, 35-7
Baker: Newsome, 21-20

Leto (0-5, 0-5) at Armwood (5-0, 4-0)
Parsons: Armwood, 41-0
Baker: Armwood, 56-0

Wharton (5-1) at Steinbrenner (1-4)
Parsons: Wharton, 15-3
Baker: Wharton, 24-14

Carrollwood Day (3-3, 1-1) at Keswick Christian (0-5, 0-3)  
Parsons: CDS, 41-14
Baker: CDS, 35-6

Cambridge Christian (4-2) at Life Christian (2-3), 6:30
Parsons: Cambridge, 28-21
Baker: Cambridge, 17-14

Citrus Park (1-3) at Mount Dora Bible (4-2), 7
Parsons: Mount Dora Bible, 39-10
Baker: Mount Dora Bible, 42-6

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