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Thu. October 4, 2012 | Times Staff

Friday's football games
All at 7:30 unless noted

Tampa Catholic (5-0, 1-0) at Clearwater Central Catholic (4-1, 0-0)
Breakdown: A game with huge playoff implications in Class 2A, District 5 with the loser likely having to beat Berkeley Prep to even force a tiebreaker. Last year, the Marauders snapped a two-year losing streak with a win. CCC’s defense has been solid, allowing seven points in its past four games. Another big performance will be needed to slow down a TC offense averaging 32 points per game.
Who’s hot: TC receiver Justin Motlow has been the go-to guy with 329 yards and four touchdowns. CCC running back Diquan Walker has been the workhorse with 341 yards this season.
Rodney Page’s pick: Home field makes a big difference for Marauders. CCC 17-14.
Bob Putnam’s pick: Marauders’ defense is the difference. CCC 21-17

Northeast (5-0, 1-0 ) at Countryside (4-1, 1-0)
Breakdown: The Vikings enter with a better overall record and will have a clear advantage toward a playoff berth with a win. Last week, Northeast engineered a wild comeback against Tarpon Springs. The Vikings cannot afford to fall behind like that again, especially against a Countryside team built to run the ball and control the clock.
Who’s hot: Northeast quarterback Ryan Davis has thrown for 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns. Countryside running back Mike Jerrido has 351 yards rushing and three touchdowns in five games.
Page: Vikings have been a first-half surprise, but Countryside is too much. Countryside 24-21.
Putnam: Cougars have too much size up front, too much experience in big games. Countryside 28-21

Gibbs (2-2, 2-1) at Lakewood (4-0, 3-0)
Breakdown: A District 5A-8 game and a neighborhood rivalry. Lakewood has allowed only nine points this season, and Gibbs comes in sputtering after a 14-12 loss to Dunedin. Playmakers like Lakewood’s Tracy Johnson and Laterian Latimer, and Gibbs’ Emmanuel Stewart and Patric Jones need step up.
Who’s hot: Latimer has five touchdowns this season and has given the Spartans a running game. Gibbs’ Quincy Turner had a 61-yard TD run against Dunedin last week, his third of the season.
Page: Lakewood seems to have too much talent. Lakewood 30-12.
Putnam: Heated rivalry stays close until Spartans pull away in second half. Lakewood 28-18.

Lakewood Ranch (3-2, 1-0) at Tarpon Springs (3-2, 1-0)
Breakdown: This game could decide the runnerup in Class 6A, District 7. Last year, the Spongers allowed Lakewood Ranch to run more than 80 plays in a loss that ultimately dropped Tarpon from playoff contention. The Spongers have solved their defensive woes and allowed 20 or fewer points in four of their five games.
Who’s hot: Tarpon Springs quarterback Dalton Collins had his best game of the season last week, throwing for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Page: The Spongers erase last week’s bad memory. Tarpon Springs 28-10.
Putnam: This time, Spongers control the game on the ground. Tarpon Springs 24-16.

Pinellas Park (3-1, 1-0) at St. Petersburg (2-3, 0-1)
Breakdown: Pinellas Park is coming off a bye week and should be healthy and rested. St. Petersburg has lost some close games this season, but finally got back on track with a win over Boca Ciega. Both teams are run heavy, so whomever controls the line controls the game.
Who’s hot: St. Petersburg’s DeAngelo Reaves has emerged as the top running back. He gained 156 yards on 23 carries against Boca Ciega last week. Garret Nevitt leads the Patriots with 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Page: Pinellas Park’s defense proves to be the key. Pinellas Park 21-7.
Putnam: Patriots are simply playing better right now. Pinellas Park 14-10.

East Lake (3-2, 0-0) at North Port (3-2, 0-0)
Breakdown: The Eagles end a brutal five-game non-district schedule that coach Bob Hudson put together to better prepare his team for a playoff run. That starts tonight against the Bobcats, who have won two straight and recorded two shutouts.   
Who’s hot: East Lake quarterback Pete DiNovo has thrown for at least 140 yards and one touchdown in his past four games.
Page: The Eagles travel a long way to pick up their first district win. East Lake 36-21.
Putnam: Too much offense for North Port to handle. East Lake 35-21.

Palm Harbor University (3-2, 0-0) at Sarasota Riverview (1-3, 0-0)
Breakdown: Do not be fooled by Riverview’s record. The Rams lost their first three games to playoff teams from a year ago. PHU’s defense needs to come through again. Last week, the Hurricanes kept Countryside in check most of the game.
Who’s hot: PHU linebacker Quentin Cumings has three sacks and is averaging six tackles per game.
Page: PHU’s defense is good, but not good enough. Riverview 20-10.
Putnam: Defense, special teams play a big role for Hurricanes. PHU 24-23

Osceola (2-3, 0-1) at Boca Ciega (0-4, 0-1)
Breakdown: Osceola rolled up 453 rushing yards last week against Seminole, so expect the Warriors to dare Boca Ciega to stop them. The Pirates need somebody to emerge if they’re going to get their first win.
Who’s hot: Austin Lawrence scored three touchdowns for Osceola last week. Boca Ciega’s Denzal Dillard has 165 yards on 33 carries.
Page: Boca Ciega finds a way to win late. Boca Ciega 21-20.
Putnam: Warriors use wing-T to grind out win. Osceola 21-13.

Seminole (1-3, 0-1) at Clearwater (1-3, 0-1)
Breakdown: Both teams already have a win. Now, one team will get its first and perhaps only district victory.
Who’s hot: Clearwater quarterback Jordan Leston threw for a touchdown and ran for one last week against Dixie Hollins.
Page: Seminole ends Clearwater’s one-game win streak. Seminole 13-7
Putnam: The Tornadoes are starting to show some life. Clearwater 21-19

Dunedin (2-3, 2-2) at Spoto (1-3, 1-2)
Breakdown: The tough part of the schedule is over for the Falcons, who face teams with losing records in four of their final five games. That could help Dunedin to its first winning season since 2008.
Who’s hot: Dunedin’s Tramaine Batten scored the winning touchdown against Gibbs last week and has two TDs this season.
Page: Dunedin makes it two straight. Dunedin 23-14
Putnam: Falcons keep win streak going. Dunedin 21-7

Calvary Christian (2-2, 2-1) at Cambridge Christian (3-2, 2-2)
Breakdown: Must-win game for the Warriors to stay in contention for a playoff berth. A balanced offense keeps Calvary in this one.
Who’s hot: Calvary running back Derek Barnes rushed for more than 100 yards and scored three touchdowns in last week’s win over Northside Christian.
Page: Calvary stumbles on the road. Cambridge 28-21
Putnam: Despite missing some players, Warriors get it done. Calvary 28-22

Dixie Hollins (0-5, 0-1) at Largo (5-0, 1-0)
Breakdown: A game between teams going in opposite directions. The Packers have emerged as the area’s top team after impressive victories over Countryside and East Lake. The Rebels have never been the same after losing their top two running backs to knee injuries the first week of the season.
Who’s hot: Largo quarterback Juwan Brown has thrown for more than 700 yards, seven touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception.
Page: Shouldn’t be close. Largo 49-7
Putnam: Packers continue to cruise through the district. Largo 42-0

Berkeley Prep (5-0, 0-0) at St. Petersburg Catholic (2-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.
Breakdown: The Barons lost a shootout to Lemon Bay, 50-49 last week. Berkeley Prep is stiffer competition, so SPC is going to need all the offensive weapons it can find.
Who’s hot: SPC’s Jaquan Fuller has gained 198 yards and two TDs as Ryan Green’s replacement. Page: Berkeley is just too much for the Barons. Berkeley 48-21
Putnam: The Bucs dominate to set up showdown with district’s tougher foes. Berkeley 35-14.

Indian Rocks Christian (3-1, 3-1) at Admiral Farragut (5-0, 3-0)
Breakdown: Indian Rocks Christian has been a surprise team this season after losing Sean Culkin. Admiral Farragut has just picked up where it left off last season. The Blue Jackets have a balanced offense that has gained 845 yards passing and 893 yards rushing.
Who’s hot: AFA’s Todd Macon has 670 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Brad Hyman-Muhammad has 550 yards receiving and seven TDs. IRC’s Zeke McGaughy had 139 yards receiving last week.
Page: The Blue Jackets are hot right now. AFA 33-17
Putnam: Closer than expected, but Blue Jackets stay undefeated. AFA 27-20.

Canterbury (1-4, 1-3) at Carrollwood Day (4-1, 2-1), 4 p.m.
Breakdown: Carrollwood Day is coming off a district loss at Admiral Farragut and should be motivated for this one. Canterbury has struggled with its passing game and may have a hard time keeping up.
Who’s hot: PJ Franklin has gained 438 yards in the first half of the season for the Crusaders.
Page: Wrong time to play Carrollwood Day. CDS 28-7
Putnam: Carrollwood bounces back in a big way. CDS 42-14

Northside Christian (0-5, 0-3) at Keswick Christian (0-4, 0-3)
Breakdown: One team breaks into the win column this week. Neither has had much success on offense, but both rely on the run game.
Who’s hot: Adam Foster has led Keswick’s ground attack with 204 yards on 66 carries.
Page: First-year coach Mike Alstott finally gets a win. Northside 14-12.
Putnam: Crusaders do enough on the ground to snap winless streak. Keswick 13-8

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