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Friday's football games
All at 7:30 unless noted
Palm Harbor University (7-2, 2-1) at Pinellas Park (6-3, 4-1)
The breakdown: Battle between playoff teams looking for some momentum going into their first-round games. Last year, the Hurricanes pulled out a 14-13 victory.
Who’s hot: PHU’s Quentin Cumings had a monster game against East Lake, registering eight tackles to go with 74 yards receiving and 25 yards rushing.
Rodney Page’s pick: The Patriots grind out a win. Pinellas Park 21-20.
Bob Putnam’s pick: Hurricanes pull out another low-scoring game. PHU 17-14.
Gibbs (3-6, 3-5) at Largo (9-0, 5-0)
The breakdown: The Packers are trying to go undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 2007. But they also are trying to avoid any major injuries before next week’s huge playoff game against Armwood.
Who’s hot: Largo quarterback Juwan Brown threw for 141 yards and three touchdowns against Tarpon Springs.
Page: Even at half speed, the Packers still have enough. Largo 30-13.
Putnam: Packers do just enough to get the victory. Largo 28-6.
Clearwater Central Catholic (8-1, 3-0) at Indian Rocks Christian (6-3, 6-2)
The breakdown: The county’s other matchup of playoff teams. The Marauders have won eight straight led by a defense that has five shutouts. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, are trying to rebound after being upset by Shorecrest last week.
Who’s hot: CCC’s defense has 42 sacks this season and is led by Branden Junk and Jordan Adderley, who each have eight.
Page: The Marauders are too deep and talented. CCC 35-10.
Putnam: Marauders miss another shutout but get the win. CCC 24-7.
Seminole (2-7, 1-4) at Boca Ciega (4-5, 2-3)
The breakdown: Teams looking to next season. The Pirates have won three of their past four and can get to .500 with a win. The Warhawks haven’t won on the field since Sept. 7 against Dixie Hollins.
Who’s hot: Boca Ciega’s rushing attack, led lately by Denzal Dillard, has gained nearly 400 yards in the past two games.
Page: Pirates finish with three straight wins. Boca Ciega 21-7.
Putnam: Pirates continue their streak in the second half of the season. Boca Ciega 28-13.
East Lake (8-1, 3-0) at Clearwater (3-6, 2-3)
The breakdown: This is the final game for Tornadoes coach Tom Bostic. Donnie Abraham, who is taking over, will be on the opposite sideline of his son, Devin, who plays for the Eagles.
Who’s hot: East Lake quarterback Pete DiNovo has thrown for a combined 12 touchdowns in his past three games. Clearwater quarterback Jordan Leston threw for three touchdowns and ran for two against Northeast.
Page: Tornadoes give everything they have, and fall just short. East Lake 23-21.
Putnam: Eagles get a few quick scores before resting their starters. East Lake 35-21.
Dixie Hollins (0-9, 0-5) at Dunedin (5-4, 5-3)
The breakdown: The Falcons have turned things around in the second half of the season and need a win to clinch their first winning season since 2006.
Who’s hot: Dunedin running back Tramaine Batten rushed for 134 yards last week against Lennard.
Page: Falcons run all over the Rebels. Dunedin 27-7.
Putnam: Falcons have no trouble keeping second-half momentum. Dunedin 35-14
Calvary Christian (5-4, 5-3) at St. Petersburg Catholic (3-6, 0-3), 7
The breakdown: Both teams are playing for pride. SPC hoped to get Ryan Green back this week, but he was not cleared to play. Jaquan Fuller is also out for the Barons.
Who’s hot: Calvary’s Derek Barnes has 953 rushing yards and should break the 1,000-yard mark against SPC.
Page: Barons are just too beat up to stay with the Warriors. Calvary 28-14.
Putnam: Warriors clinch first winning season. Calvary 23-22.
Keswick Christian (1-8, 1-7) at Shorecrest (6-3)
The breakdown: If not for their independent status, the Chargers may have been a playoff team. Shorecrest is coming off a 34-32 thrilling win over Indian Rocks Christian.
Who’s hot: Running backs Aaren Johnson and Garrett Schulte combined for 212 yards against IRC last week.
Page: Chargers roll. Shorecrest 41-14.
Putnam: Chargers continue their turnaround. Shorecrest 35-7.
Imagine School of North Port at Canterbury (3-6, 3-5), 7
The breakdown: The Crusaders have won two straight and should make it three against Imagine, which is fielding its first varsity team.
Who’s hot: Matt Wylie has played quarterback, defense and kicker for the Crusaders this season.
Page: Crusaders score early and often. Canterbury 35-7.
Putnam: Crusaders close season on positive note. Canterbury 21-13.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal (3-7) at Northside Christian (0-8, 0-7)
The breakdown: Neither team has played much defense this season. If there is a silver lining for Northside, St. Stephen’s hasn’t won a road game, and the Mustangs beat St. Stephen’s last season for their only win.
Page: Mustangs pull it out and carry Alstott off the field on their shoulders. Northside 14-12.
Putnam: Mustangs’ beleaguered season comes to an end. St. Stephen’s 21-7.