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The Grab Bag is compiled by me, John C. Cotey, digging my nose into stats provided by coaches to MaxPreps and HomeTeam. So if you want to get in here, your stats will need to be in one of these places. You can always reach me at email@example.com or on Twitter @JohnnyHomeTeam if you have any worthy tidbits.
(10-1 last week, 0-1 on upset, kinda awesome!)
1. Largo at East Lake: Here’s a piece of great analysis I heard this week: Last year, Largo won this game 23-7. East Lake is not as good as it was last year, and Largo is better. So, uh, yeah. Largo 28-16.
2. Plant at Tampa Bay Tech: There are only two Tampa Bay teams that have been able to beat Plant since 2005: Armwood multiple times and in one glorious, memorable comeback, Tampa Bay Tech. Otherwise, you have to go back to Oct. 7, 2005, when Hillsborough knocked off the Panthers. Now that’s no reason to pick Tampa Bay Tech, and yet, I’m strangely drawn to doing just that. It’s almost like the Armwood game didn’t happen two weeks ago. Almost. Plant, 30-20. (Sorry, TBT, you hurt me, you hurt me bad).
3. Carrollwood Day at Admiral Farragut: Picking the over/under on this game is probably more fun that picking a winner. But since I have to pick a winner, I’m taking Admiral Farragut and predicting big things for Brad Hyman-Muhammad. Blue Jackets 65-62, 4 OT.
4. Durant at Wharton: The Cougars' power running attack against the Wildcats' passing game. The iron legs of Jamarlon Hamilton or the golden arm of Chase Litton? I’ll go underdog: Durant 30-26.
5. Northeast at Tarpon Springs: Northeast hasn’t had a 4-0 start since 2007, when it started 5-0. Can it match that against the surprising Spongers? Why not? Northeast 20-17.
6. Jefferson at Armwood: Are the Dragons' days of allowing 50 points behind them? Hmmmm? I think so. Armwood 32-13.
7. Mitchell at Sunlake: The Mustangs have scored 40-plus points three straight weeks. You know how many times they have done that in their history? None! Mustangs 28-13.
8. Alonso at Freedom: The Patriots are showing some life, especially defensively. Freedom has held opponents to only 22 of 59 passing (37 percent) for fewer than 100 yards a game. Ravens QB Brandon Hawkins has completed 61 percent of his passes. Hello, Ish Witter? Alonso 25-14.
9. St. Pete at Boca Ciega: The Green Devils aren’t this bad. They just aren’t. I can’t accept it. St. Pete 28-21.
10. Clearwater at Dixie Hollins: Before the Rebels suffered 17 ACL injuries in Week 1, I would have taken them to win this game all day. Now, it’s a little tough. But if Clearwater loses this, I think we can officially label Donnie Abraham a coach-in-mourning. Clearwater 20-10
11. Ridgewood at Gulf: Oh, why not? The Rams blew an 18-point lead against a team that was 0-24 the past two-plus seasons, and this week former Gulf coach Jay Fulmer faces his old team, which has been outscored 157-0. I’ll take the Rams 18-0.
12. Upset special, Newsome at Chamberlain: Will Worth got going last week for the Wolves, but this week, Xavier Johnson gets into gear for the Chiefs. Chamberlain 20-19.
Grab Bag offensive player of the week
Northeast’s Ryan Davis slogged his way to another outstanding performance, throwing for 131 yards and running for 124 in leading Northeast to its first 4-0 start in five years. Davis has now accounted for 1,100 yards from scrimmage.
Grab Bay defensive player of the week
Gaither’s Earnest Suttles had nine tackles and two sacks in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. While the Cowboys' offense sputters, Suttles is having a super senior season, with six sacks in four games.
Grab Bag team of the week
After a decisive 46-3 district win over River Ridge, Mitchell has emerged as a serious threat to the Class 5A-6 crown. Sure, the schedule hasn’t been daunting, but Anclote and River Ridge were both expected to be better than last year before falling down early this season.
The Mustangs are mixing a strong rushing attack with some surprising passing to post big numbers. Dan Barber, for example, ran nine times for 133 yards last week, but also caught two touchdown passes for 90 yards. And in his past two games, senior quarterback Trey Drury has completed 7-of-8 passes for four touchdowns.
Still, the Mustangs' bread and butter is the running game -- offensive linemen Joey Carroll, Joey Petrella and Foster Artlip were all credited with pancake blocks last week -- and with 981 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground so far, no one has been able to stop it.
Stat of the week
After three games, Berkeley Prep quarterback Brad Mayes entered last week’s matchup with Lake Highland Prep with nine carries, 79 yards and two touchdowns. In the win over LHP, he had nine carries, 79 yards and...wait for it...two touchdowns. Eerie.
Pasco’s regular-season winning streak is now at 31 games. The Pirates continue to roll up ridiculously one-sided victories over county opposition, and there is probably no end in sight.
Here’s a breakdown of their last 23 regular-season games (since 2010):
Games of 70 or more points: 1
Games of 60-69: 3
Games of 50-59: 10
Games of 40-49: 5
Games of 30-39: 3
Games under 30: 1
Grab Bag trivia
In 2009, South Sumter beat Pasco. In 2008, Nature Coast beat Pasco. But what was the last Pasco County team to beat Pasco in the regular season?
All about the Benjamin
On a weekend that saw former Tampa Bay Tech star Shawn Smith have his state single-game record of 501 rushing yards broken, current Titan star Richard Benjamin ran for 254 in a win over Chamberlain. Benjamin, who entered the night with only 14 carries, ran 28 times for the most yards by a TBT running back since current Miami Hurricane Maurice Hagens ran for 249 against Sickles in 2007.
1. Fivay is the only team in Tampa Bay that has produced a 250-yard passer (Tyler Degen), 200-yard rusher (Davion Sutton) and 200-yard receiver (Andrew Meyer) in the same game. Degen was just 5 yards shy of being a 300-yard passer, which would have made this stat even cooler.
2. I’m willing to bet you can’t find another player who has thrown (once), rushed (seven times) and caught (two) touchdowns this year, has an interception (two), a sack, 100 punt-return yards, more than 150 kick return yards and has punted seven times. The one who has? His name is Robbie Robertson, a senior at Cambridge Christian.
3. Having Robert Davis as your running back sets up a quarterback for some nice numbers. Ask Carrollwood Day’s Vidal Woodruff, who is 20-for-26 with eight touchdown passes in four games.
4. Jesuit’s offense may be MIA, but Tiger Vincent Jackson is still bringing it, with 11 tackles, two for losses, and two sacks in a shutout win last week.
5. Springstead had 72 yards of total offense last week, averaging just over two yards a play, and still won. No, really.
6. Jesuit has only allowed three second half points this season.
7. Jefferson's Derrick Ingram has quietly put up some big numbers his past two games: eight catches, 208 yards, four touchdowns.
8. Spoto’s Tyree Wilson led the way as the Spartans avoided its first ever 0-4 start with 11 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
9. More defense: Countryside’s Tyler Serpo had two interceptions last week, one returned for a touchdown, and now has three on the season.
10. And even more defense: Boca Ciega’s Jason Macon has four sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovery this season.
By the numbers
1 Team that still hasn’t scored this season, Gulf.
2.22 Yards Steinbrenner is averaging per rush.
3 Games in which CCC’s Blake Gomez has completed more than 70 percent of his passes.
4 Running backs for St. Petersburg with 100-yard games this season: Maurice Hemingway, Deangelo Reaves, LaRoy Williams and Anthony Foster.
8 Points scored by Spoto in a win last week, its fewest in a victory since Oct. 24, 2008 (7-0 win over Sarasota Booker)
25 Players with at least one tackle last week for Robinson.
31 Rushing yards in past two games by Hernando’s Tyrail Hawkins, a 1,200-yard rusher last season.
Bonus trivia answer
On Oct. 5, 2007, Zephyrhills beat Pasco 14-7.
Player of the Year prognosticating
Inspired by Monday's football chat, I got to thinking about who's performed well enough so far this season to be considered a POY contender. Too early? More than likely. But read here to see my early front-runners.