Pinellas: Football predictions, Week 7



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Thu. October 10, 2013 | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

Can’t-miss matchups

Countryside (4-1, 2-0) at Tarpon Springs (4-2, 2-0):
This is the first time the teams have met in the regular season since 2010. The Cougars have won four of the past six in the series, including the last two. Though the roster is full of newcomers, Countryside is in position to make the playoffs, but has not been tested since its  season-opening victory against Lakewood. In fact, the combined record of Countryside’s first five opponents is 8-20. The Spongers, meanwhile, have played a tough non-district schedule with their losses coming to Class 3A, No. 2-ranked Tampa Catholic and 7A, No. 3-ranked East Lake.
Who’s hot: Countryside quarterback Robby Hicks has thrown for 572 yards and three touchdowns. Tarpon Springs running back Michael Ford rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win over Gibbs.
Rodney Page’s pick: The Spongers are battle tested and playing at home. Tarpon Springs, 27-20.
Bob Putnam’s pick: Cougars defense does just enough to keep win streak alive. Countryside, 21-14

Gibbs (1-5, 0-2) at Dixie Hollins (2-3, 0-1)
Last week, Gibbs had to contend with Tarpon Springs running back Michael Ford. This week, it will have to contend with the Rebels’ passing game. Quarterback Tyrie Adams and receiver Jacquez Hill have been a handful for opponents. Hill has caught 23 passes for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Gibbs is not a bad 1-5 team as the rebuilding continues under new coach Rick Kravitz. Receivers Jacquez President and Maurice Hall are legitimate threats. These teams haven’t played each other since 2008, when Gibbs won 34-26. Expect the same kind of game this time around.
Who’s hot: Dixie quarterback Tyrie Adams is tops in the county with 1,041 yards passing and nine touchdowns. Gibbs quarterback Brevet Killett is back under center  and threw a 77-yard TD pass last week.
Page: The Rebels are a little more advanced at this stage. Dixie Hollins, 21-18.
Putnam: Passing game helps Rebels get back to .500. Dixie Hollins, 27-19.

Indian Rocks Christian (4-2, 3-0) at Canterbury (5-1, 3-1)
Breakdown: The Golden Eagles are the only team without a district loss in Class 2A-5 and can all but wrap up the title with a win against the Crusaders. IRC has taken command by overwhelming opponents, winning its first three district games by a combined 109-6. The Crusaders, meanwhile, lost to Carrollwood Day last week and need a win to have a realistic shot at the postseason. The big question is whether Canterbury’s defense can keep the Golden Eagles’ high-powered offense in check. IRC has scored 40 or more in each of its past two meetings with the Crusaders.  
Who’s hot: IRC’s Zeke McGaughy and Theo Anderson have each rushed for more than 400 yards this season and have scored a combined 17 touchdowns. Canterbury’s main ball carrier is Sammy Faucette, who ranks among the county’s leading rushers.  
Page: The Golden Eagles’ running game is too much to handle. IRC, 28-7.
Putnam: Golden Eagles have too much offensive firepower. IRC, 38-28.

Northeast (0-5, 0-2) at Osceola (3-3, 0-1)
Page: Warriors win, but Northeast scores. Osceola, 35-3.
Putnam: The scoreless streak continues for the Vikings. Osceola, 42-0.

Palm Harbor University (3-2, 0-1) at Dunedin (1-4, 0-1)
Page: Hurricanes are better than last week’s showing against St. Petersburg. PHU, 30-14.
Putnam: Hurricanes bounce back from tough district loss. PHU, 35-7

St. Petersburg (4-1, 1-0) at Seminole (1-5, 0-2)
Page: After an emotional homecoming win, Green Devils eke one out. St. Petersburg, 17-12.
Putnam: Battle of running games goes to the Green Devils. St. Petersburg, 28-21.

Orlando Lake Highland Prep (0-5, 0-2) at Admiral Farragut (3-2, 1-1)
Page: All Blue Jackets. AFA, 35-0.
Putnam: Blue Jackets get to coast before finishing district play. AFA, 28-10.

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney (3-1, 0-0) at St. Petersburg Catholic (3-2, 1-1)
Page: Barons had better not overlook this one. SPC, 21-14.
Putnam: This could be a playoff preview if the Barons make the postseason. SPC, 35-20.

Bishop McLaughlin (1-4, 0-2) at Shorecrest (1-3, 0-1)
Page: Let’s see: Shorecrest beat Northside Christian, which beat Bishop McLaughlin 47-0. So …Shorecrest, 59-0.
Putnam: Chargers picked the right opponent for homecoming. Shorecrest, 28-7.

Bradenton Christian (3-3, 0-2) at Northside Christian (1-4, 0-2)
Page: Mustangs fall just short. BC, 21-20.
Putnam: Mustangs catching Bradenton Christian at right time. Northside, 20-14.

Carrollwood Day (3-3, 1-1) at Keswick Christian (0-5, 0-3)
Page: This is not the week for Keswick’s first win. CDS, 41-14.
Putnam: A week off isn’t enough for the Crusaders in this one. CDS, 45-14.


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