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  • Football: Freedom 18, Riverview 13

    TAMPA — Playing in only the second half, quarterback Nasir Core led Freedom on a game-winning drive with less than two minutes in the game to salvage a 18-13 season-ending win against Riverview. Core, who sat out the opening half for disciplinary reasons, returned to erase a late Riverview (2-8) ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Bloomingdale 27, Wharton 14

    TAMPA — Isaiah McIntyre wasn’t concerned with the playoffs just yet. He just wanted to beat Wharton. And after throwing for 260 yards and a touchdown, that’s exactly what happened, as the Bulls (8-1) topped Wharton and snagged second spot in Class 8A, District 6. The win secured the Bulls’ ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 23, Freedom 17, OT

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech did almost all it could to allow Freedom (4-3, 1-2) to steal a win. But behind Deon Cain’s offensive output and just enough defense, Tech outlasted Freedom and won 23-17 in overtime. The Titans (4-3, 2-1 in Class 7A, District 7) led 17-0 midway through ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:46 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Hillsborough 39, Chamberlain 13

    TAMPA — Quarterback Dwayne Lawson threw for four touchdowns and ran for one in Hillsborough’s romp. His 4-yard TD run early in the first quarter was followed by four scoring passes — all in the first half in the Class 6A, District 8 win. The Chiefs’ quiet night ended with ...
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    Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 at 12:24 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Sickles 23, Freedom 9

    TAMPA — Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III wanted to play. He shook off his week-long bout with strep throat long enough to practice Wednesday. But Sickles’ top offensive threat was too weak and too sick by game time, needing a hospital visit as a precaution. Sickles did fine ...
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    Fri. Oct. 03, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Freedom 10, Strawberry Crest 7

    TAMPA — Freedom made defensive stops and did just enough offensively to win. The Patriots (4-1) kept the Chargers (1-4) out of the end zone offensively and harassed quarterback Tristan Hyde throughout. Despite several miscues on offense, including three lost fumbles, they made a 10-0 first-quarter lead stand up. Key ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 12:45 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Freedom 15, Gaither 10

    TAMPA — With Freedom and Gaither both coming off losses where they gave up a fourth-quarter leads a week ago, both looked to avoid a similar fate in their Class 7A, District 7 opener. Gaither made fewer mistakes for three-plus quarters. But Freedom (3-1, 1-0 in 7A-7) scored nine points during ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:40 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Wharton 19, Freedom 17

    TAMPA — Freedom had the second-half lead and, seemingly, all of the momentum. But Wharton had something else: resolve. In the end, the Wildcats had just enough of it to hold off its neighborhood rival. The win dropped Freedom to 2-1 and helped Wharton (1-2) avoid a 0-3 start. Key ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Cambridge Christian 55, Bradenton Christian 15

    TAMPA — After two seasons of being manhandled and mauled by a more physical Bradenton Christian team, Cambridge turned the tables, with five Garrett Young passing touchdowns. Drive of the game: Christian took advantage of a Cambridge fumble, scoring with 3:55 left in the half. But the Lancers quickly ended ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Gaither 35, Chamberlain 6

    TAMPA — Gaither capitalized on a sloppy Chamberlain team in the second quarter, rolling off four touchdowns to blow open a close game. The Chiefs were in a giving mood on opening night, turning the ball over three times in the first half. The Cowboys scored after each miscue. As ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:49 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Preseason football: Gaither 21, Wharton 14

    TAMPA — Gaither coach Jason Stokes said his halftime speech was unprintable. But whatever he said to his team, it worked. Unable to move the ball in the first half because of miscues and penalties, Gaither rallied from a two-touchdown deficit, took a second-half lead and held on for a ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:12 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Jesuit 29, Auburndale 21

    TAMPA — Jesuit first-year coach Matt Thompson had a feeling. He witnessed a sluggish week of practice and said he thought his team might be a little flat to start the playoffs. He was right. Jesuit struggled against a 3-8 Auburndale team but did just enough to outlast it 29-21 ...
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    Fri. Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Hillsborough 23, Tampa Bay Tech 20

    TAMPA — In a matchup of disappointed squads that figured to be playing past the final week of the regular season, Hillsborough outlasted Tampa Bay Tech. Hillsborough benefited from two Tampa Bay Tech penalties with no time left to advance 15 yards, giving Blake Rehl two shots at a winning ...
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    Fri. Nov. 08, 2013 at 11:25 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Plant 56, Alonso 27

    TAMPA — Going into its home finale against Plant, Alonso was still clinging to playoff hopes. Sure, the hopes were slim and involved scoreboard watching, but hope was there — for a while. But after a scoreless first quarter, Plant flexed its muscle, grabbing a lead and never trailing  en ...
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    Fri. Nov. 01, 2013 at 11:23 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Jefferson 28, Chamberlain 24

    TAMPA — Chamberlain certainly didn’t make it easy. In fact, to hear Jefferson coach Jeremy Earle tell it, the Chiefs came out and punched his team right in the mouth. But by the time the scuffle ended, Jefferson was still standing, the owner of a 28-24 win and a berth ...
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    Fri. Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:21 p.m. | Rod Gipson

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