Times’ super 7
1. Armwood (5-0, 4-0): We’re guessing the Hawks spent their bye week munching on nails, playing in dirt and lifting weights.
2. Sickles (5-0, 2-0): Falling behind to winless Freedom 13-0 gave us momentary doubt, then Sickles erased that with the next 53 points.
3. Tampa Bay Tech (4-1, 2-0): Deon Cain’s career-high four TD passes (to go with 307 passing yards) was enough to survive a scare from Steinbrenner. Next up: a juicy matchup against stingy Plant City.
4. Tampa Catholic (5-1, 2-0): The Crusaders had a chance to bury Frostproof, but the Bulldogs did their best impersonation of a zombie.
5. Plant (4-1-1, 2-0): The Panthers rebounded from their first loss, as we expected they would. All eyes will be on next week’s showdown with the undefeated Gryphons.
6. Jefferson (4-1, 3-1): The Dragons had the perfect opponent on which to take out their first-loss frustration (winless Leto). Looking at the rest of Jefferson’s schedule, it could be a while before the offense slows back down.
7. Plant City (4-1, 1-1): Mistakes cost the Raiders their perfect record, but Plant City will have the chance to show if it’s still one of the best around next week with a potential rebound game against Tampa Bay Tech.
“The kid wanted to make a play. I don’t fault him for wanting to make a play, but he’s just got to take care of the ball a little bit more.” Plant City coach Wayne Ward on quarterback Landon Galloway’s fumble on the 2-yard line in overtime, which allowed East Bay the chance for its winning touchdown.
“I’m going to be totally honest with you, I didn’t get very down because we’ve done some crazy stuff all year that has not suprised me. That almost didn’t surprise me.” East Bay coach Frank LaRosa on quarterback Chris Carpentier’s potential winning touchdown pass getting intercepted by Plant City on the last play of regulation.
Some things we didn’t see coming
1. Plant City being held to just 196 yards. The Raiders, who were undefeated heading into the game against East Bay, have been dynamic on offense all season. Plant City came in averaging 157 passing yards per game despite its first-year quarterback. Against the Indians, the Raiders had just 33.
2. King nearly toppling Hillsborough. The Lions showed their 4-1 start was no fluke by battling the tough Terriers until the final minute. Only a fourth-quarter TD pass from Dwayne Lawson, his powerful two-point conversion rush and an untimely fumble kept King from the upset.
3. Lennard giving Robinson a game. We thought the Knights would start enjoying the latter, easier part of a schedule that has been grueling, but instead squeaked 22-14 by a team that had lost its two previous games by 89 combined points.
1. Alonso: Hey, it was one of our fearless predictions that the Ravens would make the playoffs. Oops. We have a hard time seeing how the Ravens, now 0-2 in 8A-6, can leap frog even Bloomingdale or Newsome to get in the mix, with Wharton and Plant (both 2-0) left on the schedule.
2. Durant: The Cougars are all but eliminated after losing to Strawberry Crest. At 0-2 with losses to the Chargers and Plant City (in overtime) by a combined three points, Durant is on the short end of any potential tiebreakers.
3. Berkeley Prep: The unluckiest team in Tampa Bay? The Bucs appeared on their way to beating Lakeland Christian before rain let the Vikings catch their breath and win the next day in overtime. First-hand reports from Friday indicate Berkeley was the victim of some five-course home cooking at Fort Meade, losing on the last play of the game. Unfortunately for the Bucs, both games were district contests.
Three kicks of the night
1. Bloomingdale K Lucas Jose: In a game where two of the best 2016 quarterbacks combined for 35 completions, 500 yards and five touchdown passes, guess who stole the show? Yeah, this guy: his 23-yard field goal with 3:16 left was the winner in the Bulls’ 24-21 win over Alonso.
2. Strawberry Crest K Cameron Lehtola: His first varsity kick was one he’ll never forget: A 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give his team an 11-10 win over Durant.
3. Wharton QB Chase Litton: The way Litton boots the ball, maybe his next offer will come for his punting skills. He pooched a kick to the 1-yard line late against Newsome to seal the Wolves’ fate.
Five stars of the night
Stars of the night
1. Wharton RB Jeff Keil: He compiled 228 all-purpose yards (117 receiving, 111 rushing) and the winning touchdown in a 21-20 victory over Newsome.
2. PrymeTyme: We’re sticking with our nickname for the Tampa Bay Tech Deons (Deion Sanders, Prime Time, work with us here) because of stuff like this: RB Deon Thompson had 184 yards and four touchdowns, and QB Deon Cain threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns - his second 300-yard game in three weeks - propelling the Titans to a 54-28 victory over Steinbrenner.
3. Hillsborough LB Luis Clough: His fumble recovery in the closing minute eliminated King’s chance at a field goal and sealed a 28-27 victory.
4. East Bay DB/WR Anton Crutcher: One of the area’s better defensive backs, Crutcher caught the first touchdown pass of his career in overtime to give the Indians a huge win over Plant City. It was only Crutcher’s fourth catch ever.
5. Jesuit RB Kevin Newman: The swift Tiger back ran for three touchdowns - all in the second quarter - to make sure Jesuit’s pretty-much-playoff-berth-clinching win over Spoto was sealed by halftime.
By the numbers
53 Unanswered points scored by Sickles, which allowed two early touchdowns before blowing out Freedom
7 Career games with at least three touchdowns for Gaither QB Alex McGough, who accounted for three scores in a comeback win over Wiregrass Ranch
3 Quarterbacks who threw touchdown passes for Jesuit in a 49-16 win over Spoto: Vincent Testaverde, Trent Wessel and Wesley Eveld
2 Kickoffs returned for a touchdown by Steinbrenner junior Kezio Snelling on Friday. He’s scored seven TDs in his last three games.
Alls well that Carswell
Both Carswells provided big plays in Strawberry Crest’s win over Durant. Austin, a junior quarterback, managed the Chargers’ offense and set up the winning field goal. Alex, a senior defensive end, had the game-sealing sack with six seconds remaining.
Final five words
Wow, how about those Indians!
Compiled by Times staff writers John C. Cotey, Matt Baker and Kelly Parsons.