Hey there! It’s Week 4, and for some football teams, that means district play. ¶ Can Largo defend its title in Class 4A-10? Well, to do so it has to win Friday. ¶ Can CCC return to the postseason by upsetting Berkeley Prep? If not, that will mean having to beat powerhouse Fort Meade. ¶ Will Clearwater be partying like it’s 1999 (the last year it started 4-0) and take the lead in 5A-8? ¶ Can Northeast beat Pinellas Park and slide into the runnerup front-runner position in 5A-9? Somebody get me a kicking tee and let’s get this thing started.
Question of the week: Three games or not?
The Florida High School Athletic Association says it is still waiting on documents before proceeding with its review of Lakewood’s appeal of defensive end Dante Fowler’s three-game suspension for his scrap with Boca Ciega quarterback Shaquille Bradford. So the Spartans will definitely be without their best player Friday against Dixie Hollins.
Of greater concern to coach Cory Moore is Fowler missing the full three games, which would take him out of games against Countryside and district foe Jefferson.
Bradford said Bogie did not appeal his one-game suspension, so he will miss the district opener against Leto.
Stat of the week
Since 2004, East Lake has posted four shutouts. All of them have been against Clearwater. The Eagles (2-1) have taken complete control of this series in recent years, posting 24-0, 27-0 and 24-0 shutouts against Clearwater the past three seasons. They also blanked the Tornadoes in 2005 and have won six straight games against Clearwater since a 25-14 loss in 2003.
Meaningless stat of the week
St. Petersburg has scored one fewer point each week this season. After starting with 36 against East Lake, the Green Devils have scored 35 and 34 the past two weeks, and we’re pretty sure they will beat Seminole 33-7. If this was a 27-week season, we would not like the Green Devils’ chances that much.
Coaching matchup of the week
Clearwater Central Catholic’s John Davis, who has a 121-60 career record, will bump headsets Friday with Berkeley Prep’s Dominick Ciao, who is 148-77, in a Class A-5 showdown. Davis said he told his players last week “your coach is not going to outcoach the other guy this week.”
Most underrated player of the week
It’s time to give St. Petersburg Catholic’s Ryan Green some love. He is, after all, Pinellas County’s leading rusher (you didn’t know that, did you?) after running for 235 yards and two scores last week. Green, who also had a big preseason classic game, now has 467 yards, though St. Petersburg’s Rashad Lewis (419 yards) is right behind him. The Barons take on unbeaten Lennard in their district opener.
1. How many 4-0 teams will be left standing of the six — St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Palm Harbor U., Countryside, Admiral Farragut and CCC — that are now 3-0?
a. Everyone but Clearwater and CCC.
b. Everyone but Clearwater, CCC and PHU.
c. Only St. Petersburg and Farragut.
d. This question is too confusing.
2. Does winless Gibbs begin its turnaround? Last year, the Gladiators started 0-3 and were outscored 120-46 but turned things around and won six straight. It started with a closer than expected loss to Largo (42-32) and a 37-3 win over Palm Harbor University. Last week, Gibbs lost to Largo 7-6 and take on the Hurricanes on Friday.
a. Yes, PHU hasn’t seen this kind of speed yet.
b. No, PHU is for real. Better recognize.
c. No, but maybe next week.
d. Definitely next week. Dunedin is going down.
3. Does Boca Ciega get a shutout? The Pirates haven’t had one since 2007, when they shut out St. Petersburg, Osceola and Bradenton Bayshore. But Friday’s opponent, Leto, has been outscored 123-0 in three games.
a. Come on. Is this a serious question?
b. No, Leto is overdue.
c. No, special teams breakdown leads to a Falcon score.
d. No, Bogie turnover leads to a score.
4. Tarpon Springs opens district play against winless River Ridge. Come Saturday morning, we will be proclaiming that the greatest rushing performance against the Royal Knights this season was put up by:
a. Mitchell’s Ricky Trinidad (seven carries, 142 yards, two touchdowns) in Week 1.
b. Gulf’s Austin Jackson (10 carries, 120 yards, three touchdowns) in Week 2.
c. Anclote’s Travis Hendrix (10 carries, 160 yards, two touchdowns) in Week 3.
d. Whatever Darius Daniels does tonight.
5. Who will pull off the big upset Friday?
a. Gibbs over PHU.
b. Largo over Sickles.
c. CCC over Berkeley Prep.
d. Northeast over Pinellas Park.
e. Dixie Hollins over Lakewood.
Answers: 1. a; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. b.