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  • Robinson’s new quarterback, star receiver already on the same page

    Robinson’s new quarterback, star receiver already on the same page TAMPA — Just like the ones in Robinson’s playbook, Malik Tyson has memorized the route to Jahrvis Davenport’s house, step by step. Tyson leaves his garage on South Saint Patrick Street and walks down a short alleyway, taking a right turn at a large patch of grass. At one point ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 7:04 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Step right up: HomeTeam Pick'em is back

    Welcome to another season of HomeTeam Pick Em, where I will attempt to defend my 2013 Championship against all comers. A few important notes: 1. Use your SAME name and email every week. I don't care if you wanna be cute and go by Thunderlips or Lucious Confucious, but once ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:34 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunlake vs. Pasco now must-see football

    Sunlake vs. Pasco now must-see football Once an afterthought, Sunlake vs. Pasco now is one of the most anticipated regular-season openers in the Tampa Bay area. Here are three story lines to follow for Friday night’s game. Exacting revenge For Pasco, beating Sunlake used to be a given, not a goal. Since the Seahawks started their ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 4:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Lakewood QB Ryan Davis ready for final shot at Countryside

    Lakewood QB Ryan Davis ready for final shot at Countryside While Lakewood and Countryside are not natural rivals, don’t tell that to Spartans quarterback Ryan Davis. Friday night will mark the fourth time Davis has faced the Cougars since his freshman year at Northeast. Davis — a  four-star recruit with offers from the likes of Florida, Miami and Florida State, ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 11:34 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Same view from the top

    HomeTeam 25: Same view from the top Pardon me while I just steal a little from past intros on how we picked Tampa Bay’s best football team. The ones that mention how once again our choices for No. 1 came down to Plant and Armwood, how one team had the tiniest of advantages over the other. Throw ...
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    Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Area football teams battling injuries

    After graduating several key contributors from last year's team that advanced to the Class 3A state title game, Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis said the team would have to avoid injuries this year because of a lack of depth. So far, that has not happened. Receiver CJ Cotman separated ...
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    Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Preseason football: Tampa Bay Tech 20, Blake 6

    TAMPA — With all eyes focused on the Shavar Manuel vs. Deon Cain matchup, the Tampa Bay Tech Titans played keep away from Manuel and Blake’s defense en route to a 20-6 victory in the preseason opener. On the first play, the Yellow Jackets shuffled their defensive line before the ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:40 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Preseason football: Clearwater Central Catholic 43, Countryside 35

    CLEARWATER — Jeff Smith scored on runs of 14, 35 and 38 yards, and Clearwater Central Catholic’s defense came up with three crucial stops late in the second half to rally and defeat Countryside 43-35 Friday night. Behind the efforts of Smith, Jervon Newton and Scott DePergola, the Marauders pounded ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Preseason football: Manatee 26, East Lake 17

    EAST LAKE — Do not panic, East Lake fans. If recent history is an indication, Friday’s 26-17 loss to Manatee does not mean doom for the upcoming regular season. The Eagles lost 38-7 in last year’s preseason game at Manatee, then went on to win 13 straight games. This game ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:36 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Preseason football: Bloomingdale 12, Freedom 3

    VALRICO — Bloomingdale used a stout defense and just enough offense to defeat Freedom 12-3 in a preseason game at Charley Harris Stadium. Although the Bulls controlled the ball much of the first half, they were unable to put points on the board, as the game went to halftime a ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:29 a.m. | Rick Cantor

  • Preseason football: Robinson 30, Osceola 21

    SEMINOLE — After Osceola took a third-quarter lead on Bronson Lynch’s 20-yard run, then stuffed Robinson 5 yards short of paydirt early in the fourth, coach George Palmer decided to go to his bench. Counterpart Shawn Taylor stuck with his starters and two touchdowns within a four-minute span of the ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:26 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Preseason football: Alonso 16, King 12

    TAMPA — If there is one thing Alonso showed during Friday’s preseason kickoff classic against King, it won’t back down from a challenge. The hosts led twice early but struggled to find an answer for the Lions’ rushing attack and could not keep them off the scoreboard. But after a ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:18 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Preseason football: Plant City 14, Jefferson 12

    PLANT CITY — Plant City coach Wayne Ward didn’t sound like he had plans on making a change at quarterback, but backup Austin Carswell gave him plenty of reasons for security. Carswell came on in the third quarter and led the Raiders on a nine-play drive, capped off by Sterling ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:15 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Preseason football: First Academy 37, Indian Rocks Christian 34

    ORLANDO — Indian Rocks Christian led the Royals at the half 14-13, then took a 28-13 lead with just under four minutes left in the third quarter. That’s when things got interesting as the Royals stormed back with two touchdowns in the final 13 seconds of the third quarter, tying ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:13 a.m. | Doug Pugh

  • Preseason football: Gaither 21, Wharton 14

    TAMPA — Gaither coach Jason Stokes said his halftime speech was unprintable. But whatever he said to his team, it worked. Unable to move the ball in the first half because of miscues and penalties, Gaither rallied from a two-touchdown deficit, took a second-half lead and held on for a ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:12 a.m. | Rod Gipson

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