St. Petersburg Catholic (3-1, 1-0) at Clearwater Central Catholic (4-1, 1-0)
Breakdown: The winner of this game will have the inside track at winning the Class 3A, District 5 title. The Marauders have owned this series recently with six straight victories, including the last three by a combined score of 146-13. The key will be how the Barons’ offensive line does against CCC’s defense, which has allowed just 40 points in five games and is averaging nearly three sacks per game.
Who’s hot: SPC running back Jacquan Fuller has a team-leading 402 yards rushing and has scored seven touchdowns. CCC quarterback Jeff Smith rushed for 167 yards and scored twice against Ocala Trinity Catholic last week.
Rodney Page’s pick: The Marauders wear out SPC late. CCC, 28-21.
Bob Putnam’s pick: Barons make it competitive, but can’t end losing streak to their rival. CCC, 24-10.
Palm Harbor University (3-1, 0-0) at St. Petersburg (3-1, 0-0)
Breakdown: Assuming Manatee is the top team in Class 8A-7, this game is likely for the second playoff spot. St. Petersburg dismantled Boca Ciega last week while PHU is coming off an overtime win over Seminole. Should be a contrast in styles as the Hurricanes like to throw, while the Green Devils like to run.
Who’s hot: PHU quarterback Tyler Kaminski had 294 yards of total offense against Seminole and scored five touchdowns. St. Petersburg RB DeAngelo Reeves has 398 total yards and six TDs through four games.
Page: Green Devils’ running game may prove too much. St. Petersburg, 23-21.
Putnam: Hurricanes win their fourth straight against a team they’ve fared well against in the past. PHU, 21-17.
Seminole (1-4, 0-1) at East Lake (5-0, 1-0)
Page: The Eagles have too much talent and depth. East Lake, 40-10.
Putnam: The biggest thing will be to try to prevent a running clock in the fourth quarter. East Lake, 42-14
Osceola (3-2, 0-0) at Largo (4-1, 0-0)
Page: The running game will be the key, and the Packers run better. Largo, 28-7.
Putnam: The difference will be the Packers’ ability to air it out. Largo, 35-21.
Lakewood (3-2, 1-0) at Boca Ciega (1-4, 0-0)
Page: Spartans are hoping for a better second half, and it starts off right. Lakewood, 34-6.
Putnam: The Pirates are the perfect tonic for what ails the Spartans. Lakewood, 42-7.
Dixie Hollins (2-2, 0-0) at Venice (4-1, 0-0)
Page: Dixie is better this season, but not better than Venice. Venice, 42-14.
Putnam: Bad time for the Rebels to lose one of their offensive linemen. Venice, 49-20.
Clearwater (0-5, 0-1) at Countryside (3-1, 1-0)
Page: The Cougars keep on rolling. Countryside, 44-0.
Putnam: Cougars have no trouble staying perfect in their district. Countryside, 38-7.
Tarpon Springs (3-2, 1-0) at Gibbs (1-4, 0-1)
Page: Gibbs plays a rare home game, but it doesn’t matter. Tarpon Springs, 24-14.
Putnam: Run game gets the Spongers back on track. Tarpon Springs, 35-19.
Northeast (0-4, 0-1) at Pinellas Park (5-0, 1-0)
Page: The Patriots have not been 6-0 since 1996. Pinellas Park, 42-0.
Putnam: This one might be over by the first quarter. Pinellas Park, 56-0.
Northside Christian (1-3, 0-1) at Cambridge Christian (3-2, 1-1)
Page: Mustangs keep it close. Cambridge, 21-14.
Putnam: Bob Dare beats his old team. Cambridge, 28-13.
Indian Rocks Christian (3-2, 2-0) at Bradenton Christian (3-2, 0-1)
Page: The Golden Eagles have a better running attack. IRC, 28-12.
Putnam: The Golden Eagles keep rolling through district play. IRC, 31-6.
Calvary Christian (4-1, 0-0) at Admiral Farragut (2-2, 0-1)
Page: Expect an offensive shootout. Calvary, 46-42.
Putnam: Blue Jackets hang on to keep playoff hopes alive. AFA, 38-28.
Carrollwood Day (2-3, 0-1) at Canterbury (5-0, 3-0)
Page: The Crusaders run into a tough opponent. Carrollwood Day, 24-16.
Putnam: The win streak ends for the Crusaders. Carrollwood Day, 37-34.