Let’s play two
Three of next week’s five playoff games are rematches from the regular season. Here are the matchups, with a brief recap of what happened the first time around
Robinson (9-2) at Jesuit (10-1)
First meeting: Jesuit, 21-7 (Sept. 16). Tigers hold Knights to zero first downs and only 14 plays from scrimmage in second half.
Hillsborough (9-2) at Armwood (11-0)
First meeting: Armwood, 38-16 (Oct. 20). Hawks defense’s six-game scoreless streak ends in bizarre fourth quarter.
Dr. Phillips (10-1) at Plant (10-1)
No previous meeting
Gaither (8-3) at Tampa Bay Tech (8-3)
First meeting: TBT, 17-14 (Nov. 4). Austin Miller’s 24-yard FG in final minute caps 17-play Titans’ drive.
Fort Meade (9-2) at Berkeley Prep (11-0)
No previous meeting this year, but …The Miners topped the Bucs at home twice in 2010, needing OT to win the first.
By the numbers
.852 Jesuit QB Tommy Eveld’s completion percentage (23-for-27) in his past two games. During that stretch, he has thrown for 392 yards and five TDs
2002 The last year Armwood had no reason to practice on Thanksgiving
332 Total offensive yards Lakewood Ranch ran up against the Armwood defense, a season high against the Hawks and 16 more than No. 10 in the nation Bishop Gorman hung on Armwood in August
3 Number of field goals Durant K Daniel Bowers made that were 40 yards or longer
“There are not many people in Hillsborough County that would’ve thought Robinson High School would be 9-2 going into the second round of the playoffs. We’ve got a few veterans and a bunch of young kids that have proven a lot of people wrong.” — Robinson coach Mike DePue, who returned three starters (not counting part-timers) from last season’s 10-3 team
“They’ve beaten us two times a year for the last 137 years, so it’s going to be our time eventually. What’s wrong with this year? Our kids are excited. …Practicing on Thanksgiving morning, it don’t get any better than that.” — Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia on Friday’s rematch with Armwood
“I’ve just got to set in on what’s important and set my priorities. I can’t worry about what the school’s talking about, what other people are talking about, I’ve just got to focus on my family, Armwood football, and that’s it for the next four weeks.” — Armwood RG Jack Lightsey, whose eligibility is at the center of a Florida High School Athletic Association investigation into the Hawks program
QB James Few, Plant: All Few did Friday was throw for 259 yards and six TDs — four to Austin Aikens — in a 54-21 romp of Orlando Boone.
WR Austin Aikens, Plant: Few’s favorite target had seven catches for 129 yards.
RB Jeremiah Green, Hillsborough: Switched from his strong safety spot at halftime, Green ran for 119 yards and two TDs on 12 carries to help rally the Terriers. His 78-yard score in the fourth quarter was the winner.
QB Alvin Bailey, Armwood: The junior quarterback was involved in all five of the Hawk’s touchdowns — three passing and two rushing — and his 65-yard TD run on Armwood’s only play of the fourth quarter sealed the Hawks’ 35-31, come-from-behind win over Lakewood Ranch.
RB Cludner Lacount, Tampa Bay Tech: With his quarterback hobbled by a sprained right ankle, Lacount led the offense, rushing for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans’ 37-0 rout of Brandon.
RB Nelson Agholor, Berkeley Prep: Ran 20 times for 270 yards and three TDs in a rout of Frostproof. In other words, Agholor had a routine night.
Compiled by staff writers Laura Keeley and Joey Knight.