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  • Midweek Grab Bag: Fun with numbers returns

    Midweek Grab Bag: Fun with numbers returns Welcome to another season of glorious numbers crunching and inane statistics that mean something and nothing all at the same time. It’s good to have you back. If you have any notable numbers or milestones to report, you know the drill: email johncotey@gmail.com or follow @JohnnyHomeTeam. Top 10 games of ...
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    Wed. Sept. 03, 2014 at 2:33 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Pick'em: The rest of us strike back

    So, who's taking down Yoda Master this week? Remember, keep using the same name you used last week, to keep yourself in the running for the season-ending prize. Good luck. Except, well, not to you Yoda. Loading...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 6:29 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam football 25: First-week jitters out of the way

    HomeTeam football 25: First-week jitters out of the way 1. (1) Armwood (1-0) Last week: Beat Durant 37-14 This week: at Blake, 7:30 Lowdown: The Hawks weren’t their usual dominant selves on opening night, still struggling with penalties. Even the defense was shakier, as the Cougars became the first Tampa Bay team to score in double figures in a ...
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    Mon. Sept. 01, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig could miss season with broken fibula

    Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig could miss season with broken fibula Nate Craig, Tampa Catholic's 5-star wide receiver and an Auburn commitment, has a broken fibula, according to coach Mike Gregory. Whether any of this season can be salvaged for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound recruit rated No. 1 in the 2016 class by Rivals remains to be seen. Craig was injured on ...
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    Sun. Aug. 31, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning Quarterback: Underdogs have their day

    Sunday Morning Quarterback: Underdogs have their day SMQ Player of the Week: Dillon O’Toole, River Ridge Since getting hired at his alma mater in 2011, River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin has spent a lot of time thinking about beating Land O’Lakes. He even bought a trophy — a gator mouth embedded on a black marble plaque — ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Four quarters: Rounding up the best and brightest from Friday night

    Four quarters: Rounding up the best and brightest from Friday night 4 teams to believe in Lennard: Supporters of Lennard, just 1-19 over the past two seasons, spent the past few days practically guaranteeing the Longhorns would beat East Bay. And, well, boom went the dynamite in a 28-7 win. Gulf: The Bucs have been more awful than the Longhorns recently. ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 2:17 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Armwood and Sean Callahan: 25 years of grit, grind and gains

    Armwood and Sean Callahan: 25 years of grit, grind and gains SEFFNER — When Jonathan Ordway was in middle school, his classmates teased him. Not about what he wore, or what was in his lunchbox, or the way he looked. Instead, they could not believe he was actually going to attend Armwood High School. “Armpit High School,” Ordway said they called ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 7:34 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Cotey: Five things to know about this football season

    Cotey: Five things to know about this football season The 2014 high school football season kicks off tonight with 78 teams from the Tampa Bay area on a quest for district, region and state titles. Here are five things you need to know about this season. 1. Winning a state title is getting harder Remember a few years ago ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • 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

  • 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

  • Preseason football: Berkeley Prep 30, Gulf 6

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A strong offseason had Gulf thinking big things, but starting the 2014 campaign with the best team on its schedule might have squelched some of the enthusiasm. A solid defensive effort and a grind-it-out running game as well as a pair of touchdown passes by Brad ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:35 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Wharton: 2014 football preview

    Wharton: 2014 football preview Wharton Coach: David Mitchell (10th season, 57-41) Last season: 7-4 Class/district: 8A-6 Colors: Navy and white Stadium: Wildcat Stadium, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa Playoff history: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 Last appearance: Lost 37-10 to Orlando Dr. Phillips. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Spoto, 7:30 Sept. 5 vs. ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:49 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Bloomingdale: 2014 football preview

    Bloomingdale: 2014 football preview Bloomingdale Coach: Brian Surcy (first season)  Last season: 6-4 Class/district: 8A-6 Colors: Black, red and white Stadium: Charlie Harris Stadium, 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico Playoff history: 2008 Last appearance: Lost 48-6 to Lakeland. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Strawberry Crest, 7:30 Sept. 5 vs. Brandon, 7:30 Sept. 19 vs. ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Durant: 2014 football preview

    Durant  Coach: Mike Gottman (11th season, 70-48) Last season: 3-7  Class/district: 7A-8 Colors: Vegas gold and navy  Stadium: Ron Frost Stadium, 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City Playoff history: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012 Last appearance: Beat Tampa Bay Tech 34-7; lost 21-14 to Newsome. Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Armwood, 7:30 Sept. 5  at Sickles, ...
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    Mon. Aug. 18, 2014 at 10:11 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Freedom: 2014 football preview

    Freedom Coach: Todd Donohoe (third season, 6-14; eighth overall, 19-47) Last season: 3-7 Class/district: 7A-7 Colors: Red, white and blue  Stadium: Freedom Stadium, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa  Playoff history: 2006, 2009 Last appearance: Lost 17-7 to Countryside Season schedule Aug. 29 at King, 7:30  Sept. 5 vs. Middleton, 7:30  ...
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    Fri. Aug. 15, 2014 at 8:47 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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