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  • Football: Sickles 48, Gaither 6

    TAMPA — Ray Ray McCloud ran for 101 of his 158 yards and scored twice during the first quarter to lead host Sickles’ thrashing. But he sustained a right knee injury late in the first half and did not return. Sickles coach Brian Turner said McCloud would be evaluated but ...
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    Fri. Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:20 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Middleton 26, Blake 21

    TAMPA — It may have seemed like neither team wanted to capitalize on the other’s mistakes, but when it counted the most Middleton made just enough plays to outlast Blake 26-21 on Friday night for its first victory of the season. Middleton took a second-half lead, but Blake came back ...
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    Fri. Oct. 11, 2013 at 11:22 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Hillsborough 49, Lennard 0

    TAMPA — After starting the season with losses to powerhouse district foes Jefferson and Armwood, Hillsborough continued its bounce-back Friday, routing Lennard 49-0. The Dwayne Lawson-led offense rolled up 505 yards in the Class 6A, District 8 victory as Hillsborough evened its mark at 2-2 overall and in the district. ...
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    Fri. Sept. 27, 2013 at 11:25 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Wharton 41, Riverview 14

    TAMPA — Wharton quarterback Chase Litton could do little wrong in his team’s district opener, throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats cruised to 41-14 over Riverview. Litton’s second pass of the night was a 7-yard scoring pass to Austin Tolley. He finished 23-of-36 passing and added ...
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    Fri. Sept. 20, 2013 at 11:21 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Jefferson 39, Robinson 22

    TAMPA — Robinson pushed, scratched and clawed and briefly managed to make it a game. But for most of the night Deiondre Porter and Mondreas Lofton had their way as Jefferson jumped ahead, allowed a rally then pulled away for a 39-22 win. Porter and Lofton were practically unstoppable, piling ...
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    Thu. Sept. 12, 2013 at 11:29 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Sickles 28, Durant 0

    TAMPA — Ray Ray McCloud was his usual self Friday night, piling up plenty of yardage for Sickles. But one of McCloud’s key contributions came on special teams, where he blocked a field goal attempt. Already leading 14-0 late in the second quarter, Sickles benefitted from the block, adding a ...
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    Fri. Sept. 06, 2013 at 11:45 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Sickles 35, Robinson 14

    TAMPA — Robinson was  prepared to take on Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud in the teams’ season-opening contest Friday. What the Knights couldn’t solve was Sickles quarterback  Issac Holder, who threw for a touchdown and ran for three more as Sickles outlasted the weather, and Robinson, 35-14. The teams ...
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    Sat. Aug. 31, 2013 at 1:41 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Preseason football: King 20, Alonso 18

    TAMPA — With less than three minutes to play with JV players in, King defensive lineman Reggie Austin burst through the Alonso line, ripped the ball away from a Raven ball carrier and ran 35 yards for the winning touchdown. King 20, a stunned Alonso 18. Neither squad could do ...
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    Sat. Aug. 24, 2013 at 12:48 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Region football: Robinson 41, Port Orange Atlantic 8

    TAMPA — Robinson narrowly missed out on one of its seasonlong goals last week. It wasn’t about to have another letdown. The Knights’ Carlos Duclos returned the opening kickoff 90 yards Friday and Robinson never looked back, going on to a 41-8 rout of Port Orange Atlantic in the opening ...
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    Sat. Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:54 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Hillsborough 29, Chamberlain 7

    TAMPA — Doing basically prep work for its playoff opener next week against Osceola, Hillsborough rolled up 300-plus yards of offense and played solid defense. It won despite almost 100 yards of penalties and three touchdowns called back due to them.Dwayne Lawson went 11-of-18 for 169 yards and a touchdown ...
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    Fri. Nov. 09, 2012 at 9:22 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Robinson 42, Middleton 21

    TAMPA — Robinson was not looking ahead. Led by Martin Ruiz, Robert Priester, Zain Gilmore and Carlos Duclos, it ran for 300-plus yards and four touchdowns to roll.Already the 5A-8 champion, Robinson stayed unbeaten (9-0) entering next week's showdown against neighborhood rival Plant.Three plays into Friday's contest, the rout was ...
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    Fri. Nov. 02, 2012 at 7:50 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Hillsborough 46, King 7

    TAMPA — Hillsborough’s drive to the Class 6A, District 8 championship was a smooth one Friday night as the Terriers used a second-quarter burst to post a 46-7 win at King. The win earned Hillsborough the district title and a first-round home playoff game. After a scoreless first quarter, Hillsborough ...
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    Sat. Oct. 27, 2012 at 12:53 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Chamberlain 32, Wiregrass Ranch 3

    TAMPA — With its quarterback on the sideline on crutches, Chamberlain was forced to rely on its running game even more than usual. Behind the running of Nick McNeal and Xavier Johnson, Chamberlain jumped out to a lead Thursday and was never really threatened in a 32-3 Class 7A, District ...
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    Thu. Oct. 18, 2012 at 7:33 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Chamberlain 31, Freedom 16

    TAMPA — Xavier Johnson ran for 160 yards and a touchdown and the Chamberlain defense turned dominant in the second half as the Chiefs came from behind to post a 31-16 win against Freedom.The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Chamberlain (2-3, 1-1), which picked up its first 7A, ...
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    Fri. Oct. 05, 2012 at 9:42 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Berkeley 31, Lennard 19

    TAMPA — Other than a lightning delay of about 30 minutes, little could stop Chris Williams. The senior ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns to help the Bucs hold off pesky Lennard.Berkeley Prep (5-0) managed only one score in the second half but did enough defensively to stave off ...
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    Fri. Sept. 28, 2012 at 8:39 p.m. | Rod Gipson

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