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  • Football: East Lake 24, Palmetto 3

    TARPON SPRINGS — In traveling to East Lake High on Friday for the Class 7A playoff opener, Palmetto played its fifth opponent that won a district champion this season. For the Tigers, this game ended as did the other four as the unbeaten Eagles battled to a 24-3 victory. In ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:52 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Football: River Ridge 29, Tarpon Springs 28

    Football: River Ridge 29, Tarpon Springs 28 PORT RICHEY — Tarpon Springs knew exactly what River Ridge’s game plan was going to be heading into Friday’s Class 5A region quarterfinal game. Still, stopping Royal Knights’ running back Chris Schwarz is tough to do. Schwarz, who entered the game as the state’s third-leading rusher with 2,138 yards, got ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:50 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Armwood 38, Largo 0

    SEFFNER — A number of Armwood players fell ill with a fever this week, limiting the Hawks in preparation for Friday’s 6A region quarterfinal matchup with Largo. But the Packers found out what Hillsborough County has known all season — the Hawks defense is sick. “We had a tough time ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:49 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Sickles 9, Plant City 7

    Football: Sickles 9, Plant City 7 TAMPA — Before Sickles’ region quarterfinal matchup with Plant City, the team congregated around coach Brian Turner on the softball field behind Gryphons Stadium. Like he does before every game, Turner addressed his players as kickoff approached. But nowhere in the four-minute speech did he mention the honor — Hillsborough ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:48 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Lakewood 30, Gulf 27 (2OT)

    ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood coach Cory Moore had a decision to make. Trailing by three points in double overtime of the Class 5A region quarterfinal and facing a fourth and goal from the 2, he could either kick a field goal or go for the touchdown. The decision took a ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:46 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Football: Plant 29, Orlando Boone 7

    TAMPA — It was a perfect 10 for Robert Weiner. The Plant coach kept his unblemished record in postseason openers intact Friday night as the Panthers defeated Orlando Boone 29-7 in a Class 8A contest. Plant (10-1), playing the second half without injured senior running back Patrick Brooks, won its ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Naples First Baptist 42, Northside Chr. 27

    NAPLES — In a slugfest that included six lead changes, 11 touchdowns and 903 yards of total offense, Naples First Baptist outlasted Northside Christian, 42-27, Friday night in the Class 2A regional semifinals. Mustangs sophomore quarterback Griffin Alstott came out firing, throwing for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. | John Gamba

  • Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Bloomingdale 21

    ORLANDO — Bloomingdale turned the ball over twice in the second half and blew an 11-point lead in a Class 8A region quarterfinal Friday, falling 24-21 to Orlando Dr. Phillips. The final turnover proved most heartbreaking for the Bulls. On the 11th play of Bloomingdale’s final drive, the ball slipped ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:40 a.m. | J.C. Carnahan

  • Football: Indian Rocks Christian 62, Fort Myers Evangelical Christian 14

    LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian entered Friday night’s first-round playoff game undefeated, and that’s how the Golden Eagles left it, little worse for wear. IRC thoroughly dominated Fort Myers Evangelical Christian, 62-14, in the Class 2A matchup. The Golden Eagles next play at Naples First Baptist, which defeated Northside Christian. ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:38 a.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Football: Gainesville 24, Mitchell 17

    GAINESVILLE — Mitchell fought all the way to the end in a physical contest, but fell 24-17 in a Class 6A region quarterfinal to Gainesville on a chilly Friday night.  Big plays and missed opportunities hurt the Mustangs. Gainesville (6-5) had an interception return for a touchdown, a goal-line stand ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:38 a.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 62, Fort Myers Bishop Verot 18

    CLEARWATER — Clearwater Central Catholic opened the Class 3A region semifinals in dominating fashion, with a 62-18 victory over  Fort Myers Bishop Verot.  The visiting Vikings  marched down the field on the opening drive and took a 7-0 lead when Quinn Farrell hit Ben Stobaugh from 19 yards out. The ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. | Rick Cantor

  • Football: Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 17, Calvary Christian 14

    SARASOTA — Cardinal Mooney used defense and a ferocious pass rush Friday night en route to a 17-14 win over Calvary Christian in a Class 3A region semifinal. “My guys played hard, our defense really stepped up and won this game for us,” Cardinal Mooney coach Josh Smithers said. The ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:34 a.m. | The Herald

  • Football: Spoto 42, Lake Wales 6

    LAKE WALES — Lake Wales fumbled the opening kickoff Friday night, and it got worse from there. Using a bruising running game mixed with some timely passing, Spoto jumped out to a quick 15-0 lead and continued to build it through the rest of the night, upsetting the 10th-ranked Highlanders ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:31 a.m. | The Ledger

  • Football: Venice 35, Hillsborough 29

    VENICE — Hillsborough got straight to business in Friday’s Class 6A region quarterfinal, jumping out to 13-0 lead thanks to quarterback Dwayne Lawson’s feet and arm, and the hands of receiver Rudy Dawson. But Venice eventually pulled out the 35-29 win. Dawson caught six passes for 80 yards in the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:31 a.m. | Doug Pugh

  • Football: Braden River 44, Pinellas Park 28

    EAST MANATEE — Pinellas Park was intent on inflicting pain with its smash style of offensive football, but in the end Braden River dealt out the most punishment where it counts — on the scoreboard. Braden River registered five take-aways, including three interceptions, and unleashed running back Raymond Thomas for ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. | The Herald

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