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  • Playoff profile: Indian Rocks Christian DL/FB Fisher Jones

    Playoff profile: Indian Rocks Christian DL/FB Fisher Jones INDIAN ROCKS — Indian Rocks Christian’s Fisher Jones has the body of a linebacker. Except for one problem. “I can’t read a play to save my life,” said the 6-foot, 215-pounder said. But coaches could tell his desire was unmatched. So before his sophomore year, Jones was moved to the ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region semifinals capsules: Class 6A and 5A

    Region semifinals capsules: Class 6A and 5A Region semifinals All games Friday at 7:30 p.m. Class 6A Who: Armwood (11-0) at Venice (10-1) Winner plays: Gainesville-Sunlake champion Know the foe: Venice may be led by a freshman quarterback, but the youngster proved last week in the Indians’ win against Hillsborough that he’s capable of competing in the ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:05 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Offenses beware: Grittier Ds abound this postseason

    Offenses beware: Grittier Ds abound this postseason Every year when the high school football playoffs roll around, one thing is a given: Armwood’s defense will be nasty.  And, yes, the unbeaten Hawks are good once again, setting a school record for fewest points allowed in the regular season (23). They’re currently on a streak of five straight ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 8:12 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Playoff profile: East Lake LB Jake Hansen

    Playoff profile: East Lake LB Jake Hansen East Lake’s Jake Hansen fractured his hand at the start of the season. But that did not deter the junior linebacker from playing. Hansen wore a cast for four weeks and still leads the team in tackles this season with 111. His knack for bringing down ball carriers runs in ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 7:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Playoff profile: Jesuit RB Kevin Newman

    Playoff profile: Jesuit RB Kevin Newman With 1,694 rushing yards during the past two season, Kevin Newman is used to being Jesuit’s go-to guy.  This year, however, the senior running back is learning to share the spotlight.  Since he’s sharing it with Malik Davis, that’s perfectly fine with Newman.  Davis leads the Tigers with 1,480 yards, ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region final capsules: Class 3A and 2A

    Region final capsules: Class 3A and 2A Region finals Class 3A Who: Clearwater Central Catholic at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 7 p.m. Friday Winner plays: Delray Beach American Heritage-Miami Westminster Christian champion Know the foe: Cardinal Mooney is in the second round for the first time since 2006 after beating Calvary Christian 17-14 in last week’s region semifinals. ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • River Ridge O-linemen give Chris Schwarz 2,536 reasons to love them

    River Ridge O-linemen give Chris Schwarz 2,536 reasons to love them NEW PORT RICHEY -— As much attention as River Ridge High School running back Chris Schwarz has gotten — all of it deserved — he is insistent on spreading the love to his offensive line. And Schwarz lets them feel it at every opportunity. “When he scores a touchdown, we ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Playoff profile: Plant FS/WR Scoop Bradshaw

    Playoff profile: Plant FS/WR Scoop Bradshaw Plant's playoff game against Orlando Dr. Phillips (11-0) will be its 10th straight region semifinal. For the Panthers, the postseason is nothing new.  But for one Panther in particular, Friday's game is a much-awaited first. Last season, his first as a varsity starter, Johayward "Scoop" Bradshaw missed the playoffs after getting in ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 7:25 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Playoff profile: River Ridge FB/NG Dillon O'Toole

    Playoff profile: River Ridge FB/NG Dillon O'Toole For much of the season, River Ridge (10-1) has flown under the radar. So has Dillon O'Toole. He plays two violent, unheralded positions – fullback and nose guard. O’Toole is the caddy of the offense with his timely blocks serving as a retaining wall between star running back Chris Schwarz and ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 6:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Playoff profile: Lakewood RB Tyriek Hopkins

    Playoff profile: Lakewood RB Tyriek Hopkins Ever since 2008, when Cory Moore took over as Lakewood coach, he has reserved No. 4 for a special player. It is worn in honor of a former Lakewood teammate of Moore’s, Carlos Jackson, who was stabbed to death in his junior year in 1994. This year, senior running back ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 5:50 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Daniel LaCamera, male winner for Nov. 8-14

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Daniel LaCamera, male winner for Nov. 8-14 Male Hot Shot winner: Daniel LaCamera, East Lake  East Lake has become a state title contender thanks to top-tier talent. After all, four players have committed to Division I programs. The player with perhaps the biggest impact among those major recruits is placekicker Daniel LaCamera. LaCamera has made 12 of 15 ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Sunday Morning QB: Record-breaking edition

    Sunday Morning QB: Record-breaking edition Team of the Week Spoto. The Spartans won the school’s first-ever playoff game with an impressive 42-6 win over Lake Wales. It was only the third playoff game Spoto has played and sets up a rematch with district champion Jesuit. Running back Todd Sims came up big, with 114 yards ...
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    Sun. Nov. 16, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 8-14

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Nov. 8  through Friday, Nov. 14. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Jesuit 35, Auburndale 28

    TAMPA — Trent Wessel rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another as Jesuit defeated Auburndale, 35-28, Friday night in a Class 5A, Region 3 quarterfinal. Jesuit (7-4) will host Spoto next week in a rematch of a district contest earlier in the season that the Tigers won, 32-20. After ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 1:22 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Durant 25

    PLANT CITY — The first explosion came early for Deon Cain when the Tampa Bay Tech senior broke a tackle and turned a quarterback keeper into a 50-yard touchdown run down the left side. The prized college recruit gave his team the early lead against Durant and, each time his ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 1:17 a.m. | Darin Klahr

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