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  • Football: Plant 28, Robinson 7

    TAMPA — A quarterback from the past kicked off the night. A quarterback for the future finished it. Sophomore Rex Culpepper, the son of former Buc Brad Culpepper, took over for injured starter Colby Brown after halftime as Plant beat Robinson 28-7 Friday in the Panthers’ home opener at Dad’s ...
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    Fri. Sept. 06, 2013 at 11:46 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Newsome 23, Tampa Bay Tech 12

    Football: Newsome 23, Tampa Bay Tech 12 TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech brought the hip and the hype. Newsome was hungry … like a Wolf. Newsome shook off five lost fumbles in the first half and stunned Tampa Bay Tech 23-12 Friday night in the season opener for both teams. The Wolves scored on their first four ...
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    Sat. Aug. 31, 2013 at 1:44 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Preseason football: Robinson 51, Osceola 6

    TAMPA — Robinson first-year coach Shawn Taylor smiled, then hesitated before answering the question. Which unit stood out in Robinson’s 51-6 preseason victory against Osceola on Friday night? The offense or the defense? “The coordinators would have me for lunch if I picked one of those,” said Taylor, who replaced ...
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    Sat. Aug. 24, 2013 at 12:30 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Spring football: Jamboree at Steinbrenner

    At Steinbrenner Scores: Steinbrenner 22, Alonso 21 Sickles 22, Gaither 14 Spring game-breakers: Kezio Snelling was the star for Steinbrenner, scoring all three touchdowns on a pair of kickoff returns (75 and 80 yards) and a 13-yard run. His 80-yarder came with 33.7 seconds left and Shyheem Barthel’s two-point conversion ...
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    Thu. May 23, 2013 at 10:22 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region baseball semifinals roundup: Wiregrass, Drury stun Steinbrenner

    Region baseball semifinals roundup: Wiregrass, Drury stun Steinbrenner LUTZ — Wiregrass Ranch junior Zach Drury had the utmost respect for nationally ranked Steinbrenner before he took the mound Tuesday night. Two hours later, Warriors coach John Crumbley thought just as highly of Drury, whose two-hit shutout led the Bulls to a stunning 4-0 victory in the Class 7A ...
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    Tue. May 07, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region football: Robinson 22, Lakewood 19

    TAMPA — No one could have said it any better than Robinson quarterback Zain Gilmore: “Everybody’s heart was dropping.” Gilmore wasn’t describing the feeling at Jack Peters Stadium just before he flipped a 4-yard touchdown pass to Martin Ruiz with 14 seconds left for a 22-19 victory over Lakewood on ...
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    Sat. Nov. 24, 2012 at 1:05 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region football: Hillsborough 42, Osceola 7

    Region football: Hillsborough 42, Osceola 7 TAMPA — Osceola, playing in the postseason for the first time since 2006, knew it would be a tall order to beat Hillsborough. The tallest player on the field made sure that didn’t happen. The Terriers rolled to a 42-7 victory Friday night in the Class 6A quarterfinals as 6-foot-5 ...
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    Sat. Nov. 17, 2012 at 1:01 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Sickles 31, Alonso 29

    TAMPA — Sickles beat Alonso by a foot — the right foot of junior Daniel Lezotte. In a thriller that featured three lead changes in the final 124 seconds, Lezotte kicked a 43-yard field goal with three seconds left to lift the Gryphons."I had a whole bunch of adrenaline," Lezotte ...
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    Fri. Nov. 09, 2012 at 9:46 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Steinbrenner 35, Chamberlain 28

    LUTZ — Kendall Pearcey accounted for 227 yards and four touchdowns, including the winner with 1:15 remaining, as Steinbrenner knocked Chamberlain out of the Class 7A, District 7 playoff picture.The senior, in his final home game, ran it in from the 4 to cap a 75-yard, 12-play drive as the ...
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    Fri. Nov. 02, 2012 at 8:22 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Alonso 17, Tampa Catholic 14

    TAMPA — With leading rusher Ish Witter on crutches on the sideline and an ice pack on his right ankle, quarterback Brandon Hawkins put Alonso on his shoulders.Hawkins drove his team 80 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:13 remaining, and Tampa Catholic quarterback Kyle Ploucher's pass on the final ...
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    Fri. Oct. 26, 2012 at 8:35 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Wharton 28, Bloomingdale 14

    VALRICO — Wharton's Chase Litton threw for two scores, and defensive end Antonio Joseph returned one of four Bloomingdale turnovers for a touchdown as the Wildcats won 28-14 to remain alive in Class 8A-6. Wharton (5-2, 1-1) always had an answer for Bloomingdale (4-4, 0-2), which twice got within a ...
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    Thu. Oct. 18, 2012 at 8:56 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Gaither 22, Steinbrenner 6

    LUTZ — Gaither linebacker Logan Marshall called the field “terrible.” Teammate Javon Hammond said it was the “worst field I’ve ever played on.” In a game that required four nights to complete, Gaither sloshed its way to a 22-6 victory over host Steinbrenner on Monday. The Class 7A, District 7 ...
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    Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 at 10:44 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Gaither-Steinbrenner postponed until 7 p.m. Monday

    Cowboys, Warriors to resume play MondayLUTZ — Gaither and host Steinbrenner will resume their Class 7A, District 7 game at 7 p.m. Monday after it was stopped by lightning and rain Friday night.The officials sent both teams off the field because of lightning with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter. ...
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    Fri. Oct. 05, 2012 at 6:57 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 52, Orlando Lake Highland Prep 14

    TAMPA — It was a homecoming to remember for Tampa Catholic: a 30-minute lightning delay in the second quarter and a running clock over the final 8:30. Kyle Ploucher was solid for the Crusaders (5-0), 19-of-25 for 225 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. But the defense starred. It forced ...
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    Fri. Sept. 28, 2012 at 8:28 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Jesuit 14, Blake 0

    TAMPA — For the final three quarters, the rain never stopped. The Jesuit defense never let up.Jesuit (2-2, 2-1) held Blake (1-3, 0-3) to 47 yards and forced three turnovers in a 14-0 victory Friday night in a Class 5A, District 8 contest. Reggie Brown set the tone by intercepting ...
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    Fri. Sept. 21, 2012 at 9:24 p.m. | Don Jensen

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