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  • Another week, another HomeTeam Pick 'Em

    You know the drill: keep your name the same, and good luck. Loading...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 10:44 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Pick 'Em has a new overall leader and weekly winner

    In another tough week of picking high school football games, the top dogs struggled while allowing newcomer Malachi Strand to win the week, and David Bjelke to take the overall lead. Strand, a name we're pretty sure is borrowed from the television series Longmire, which I will now have to ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jaylen Pickett, male winner for Sept. 6-12

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jaylen Pickett, male winner for Sept. 6-12 Male Hot Shot winner: Jaylen Pickett, Zephyrhills When the going got tough for Zephyrhills running back Jaylen Pickett on Friday night, Jaylen Pickett the wide receiver and defensive back got going. Stymied in the backfield a week after rushing for 260 yards, Pickett picked off two passes on defense — ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:55 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops

    HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops 1. (1) Armwood (3-0) Last week: Beat Hillsborough 26-0 This week: at Robinson Lowdown: Since a bumpy opening half to the season, the defense has not allowed a point in 10 straight quarters, the first time that’s happened since 2011. 2. (2) East Lake (3-0) Last week: Beat Dunedin 36-6 ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 2:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Zephyrhills 45, Mitchell 14 (with video)

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Zephyrhills 45, Mitchell 14 (with video) TRINITY — Reggie Roberts’ team scored 45 points Friday night, but he wasn’t talking afterwards about the big plays or touchdown passes or long runs. He was talking defense. Like only a Zephyrhills Bulldog can. Woof! “The Bulldogs have always played defense,” said a fired-up Roberts, and they used that defense to ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:05 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Pigskin preview: Three keys to victory for Zephyrhills

    Pigskin preview: Three keys to victory for Zephyrhills Zephyrhills has beaten two teams that were a combined 1-19 last season. Things get tougher tonight against Mitchell, which has started 2-0 for the sixth straight season. There will be bigger games for both teams down the road, but for now, it’s big. “I think this is one of the ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 6:22 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Cross country: Zentmeyer lifts Sickles’ boys

    Cross country: Zentmeyer lifts Sickles’ boys TAMPA — James Zentmeyer wasn’t expecting too much early Wednesday evening when he lined up at Lake Park to run the West Hillsborough Conference Invitational. His Sickles cross country team had a brutal workout on Tuesday and left practice exhausted. He didn’t feel great warming up before the race, and ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 10:14 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Midweek Grab Bag: Debut of power rankings

    Midweek Grab Bag: Debut of power rankings Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice cool beverage, find a nice comfortable place to sit, and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.  Grab Bag power rankings  Here’s what’s hot in high school football right now. 1. Tampa Bay teams: Three teams — ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Pick 'Em, Week 4

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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 25: Welcome to the rankings, Zephyrhills, St. Pete and Durant

    HomeTeam 25: Welcome to the rankings, Zephyrhills, St. Pete and Durant 1. (1) Armwood (2-0) Last week: Beat Blake 37-0 This week: vs. No. 8 Hillsborough Lowdown: Offered without any further comment : The Hawks held Blake to minus-25 yards of total offense last week. Total. 2. (4) East Lake (2-0) Last week: beat Largo 42-0 This week: at Dunedin Lowdown: ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 4:52 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Casey's turn at bat, takes Week 2 title in Pick 'Em

    Casey Engel picked five games right in the first week of HomeTeam Pick 'Em. Only two people had a worse record. People looked at Engel when he walked into stores and restaurants all week, pointing with one hand and covering their giggles and snickers with the other. But Engel can ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 4:26 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sickles football coach Brian Turner suspended for two games

    Sickles football coach Brian Turner suspended for two games Sickles’ Brian Turner has been suspended from coaching football for two weeks following his ejection from a junior varsity game last week. Turner was not on the sideline for Friday’s 30-20 varsity loss to Durant, having been ejected the previous night from the JV game. Based on Policy 30 in ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 12:18 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning QB: Getting a little four quarters love

    Sunday Morning QB: Getting a little four quarters love 4 teams that are better than we thought Hillsborough: We didn’t think the Terriers were bad. But the way the Terriers played defense in the second half against Jefferson, and the play of quarterback Dwayne Lawson, has inspired us. The Terriers’ frenetic and aggressive no-huddle offense is going to be ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 7:42 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 33, Jefferson 24

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 33, Jefferson 24 TAMPA — Playing in a nine-team district leaves little margin for error, which Hillsborough found out last year after dropping its first two games to Jefferson and Armwood and spending the rest of the season hoping one of them would lose. Neither did. This season, the only scoreboard the Terriers ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 1:27 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Derailing Dwayne Lawson: Can it be done?

    Derailing Dwayne Lawson: Can it be done? In last year’s big Class 6A, District 8 tilt between Jefferson and Hillsborough, the Dragons won thanks to some last-minute heroics by defensive back Chavez Pownell. But Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson, a Miami commitment and the best player on the field, passed for 291 yards and ran for 124. That ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 8:07 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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