Pinellas: Football predictions, Week 4



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Thu. September 19, 2013 | Times Staff

Can’t-miss matchups
Pinellas Park (3-0) at Seminole (1-2)

Breakdown: The Patriots are 3-0 for the first time in coach Kenny Crawford’s five years at the school. They have a good shot at keeping that streak going considering they have owned this series recently, winning four straight. …The Warhawks, who have relied on a strong running game, get a boost with the return of Ra’Quanne Dickens, who was sidelined the past two weeks with an ankle injury.
Who’s hot: The Patriots defense has not allowed more than one touchdown in a game. …Seminole’s Travis Wateska had a 46-yard TD run against Dixie Hollins and played well in Dickens’ absence.
Rodney Page’s pick: The Patriots win with defense. Pinellas Park, 14-10.
Bob Putnam’s pick: Battle of running games goes to the Patriots. Pinellas Park, 17-13

Admiral Farragut (1-1) at St. Petersburg Catholic (2-1)
Breakdown: Admiral Farragut has momentum on its side after a 17-10 win over Indian Rocks Christian. The Blue Jackets played solid defense, and quarterback Dalton Collins was impressive throwing and running the ball. …SPC is coming off its first loss, giving up 33 points to Melbourne Central Catholic. The Barons will surely be test by AFA’s spread offense.
Who’s hot: AFA running back Cortavious Givens gained 109 yards against IRC last week. And kicker Sean Young kicked a 49-yard field goal that would have been good from 59. …SPC’s running game has scored all 10 touchdowns this season.
Page: The Blue Jackets may have just enough for a second straight week. AFA, 24-20.
Putnam: The Barons pack a little more punch on offense. SPC, 27-21

Largo (2-1) at Jesuit (1-2)
Breakdown: This is a rare regular-season matchup for the Packers with a Hillsborough County opponent. Last week, Largo bounced back from a loss with a convincing win against Gibbs. The Packers will be without quarterback Donavan Hale, who is in a walking boot due to an ankle he sprained two weeks ago against East Lake. The injury shouldn’t hurt Largo too much considering it rushed for nearly 300 yards against the Gladiators.
Who’s hot: Largo running back Jarvis Stewart has rushed for more than 300 yards and six touchdowns in two games this season. …Jesuit linebacker Vincent Jackson recorded double digits in tackles in last week’s loss to CCC.
Page: Packers will run over Jesuit. Largo, 30-10.
Putnam: Stewart leads Packers to another win. Largo, 28-7

Gibbs (0-3) at Lakewood (2-1)
Page: Spartans are getting better each week. Lakewood, 35-7.
Putnam: In another rivalry game, Spartans take care of business. Lakewood, 41-19

Calvary Christian (3-0) at Carrollwood Day (1-2)
Page: The Warriors have too much offense. Calvary, 31-14.
Putnam: This is a statement win for the Warriors. Calvary, 35-28.

Clearwater Central Catholic (2-1) at Shorecrest (1-1)
Page: The Chargers are outmanned in this one. CCC, 42-7.
Putnam: Marauders start district play off right. CCC, 31-0

Osceola (1-2) at Boca Ciega (1-2)
Page: Warriors should bounce back against the Pirates. Osceola, 14-12.
Putnam: Beefy backfield gets Warriors back on track. Osceola, 27-6

Bradenton Christian (3-0) at Canterbury (3-0)
Page: Bradenton Christian can score, but can it play defense? Canterbury, 35-28.
Putnam: Crusaders might be the surprise team in the district. Canterbury, 28-27

Tarpon Springs (2-1) at Dunedin (1-2)
Page: Spongers will not have Michael Ford, which makes this game close. Spongers, 17-14.
Putnam: Spongers have enough on defense and run game to win. Tarpon Springs, 20-7

Countryside (2-1) at Northeast (0-3)
Page: Northeast has too many holes right now. Countryside, 28-0.
Putnam: This week, the Cougars’ offense gets going. Countryside, 35-0

East Lake (3-0) at Clearwater (0-3)
Page: This should be a good game  …in about three years. East Lake, 46-0.
Putnam: The shutout streak continues. East Lake, 42-0

Northside Christian (1-2) at Indian Rocks Christian (1-2)
Page: The Golden Eagles are better than their record. IRC, 28-14.
Putnam: Golden Eagles stay undefeated in district play. IRC, 35-19

Cambridge Christian (1-2) at Keswick Christian (0-3)
Page: Keswick will win this season, just not this week. Cambridge, 35-6.
Putnam:  Crusaders will move the ball just not enough. Cambridge, 28-13.


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