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  • 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

  • Football: Sickles 42, Kings 12

    TAMPA — Sickles offense had its way early and late with King, opening Class 6A, District 8 play with a 42-12 win Friday at home. Sickles (2-1, 1-0) got 113 yards rushing and a touchdown from sophomore running back Ray Ray McCloud. Senior Nate Mills and his sophomore backup, Issac ...
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    Fri. Sept. 21, 2012 at 8:47 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Wharton 37, Chamberlain 7

    TAMPA — Quarterback Chase Litton threw for 153 of his 244 yards in the second half and three touchdowns to lead Wharton to a 37-7 win at Chamberlain. Litton, a junior, completed 14 of 25 passes, with two of his three scoring passes coming in the fourth quarter. As efficient ...
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    Fri. Sept. 14, 2012 at 9:19 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Gaither 69, Leto 0

    TAMPA — A week after a squeaker of a win, Gaither scored on the first play and breezed to a 69-0 win at home against Leto.Running back Vu Le opened the game with a 65-yard touchdown run and the Cowboys (2-0) never looked back, racing out to a 21-0 in ...
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    Fri. Sept. 07, 2012 at 9:05 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Robinson 58, Jefferson 21

    TAMPA — Robinson’s “Send Mike Depue-off-in-style” campaign got off to a great start Saturday night. Behind four rushing touchdowns and a defense that produced five interceptions, Robinson opened the season — DePue’s last — with a 58-21 thumping of Jefferson. DePue, in his ninth season as the Knights’ coach, is ...
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    Sun. Sept. 02, 2012 at 12:38 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Preseason football: Alonso 31, Spoto 6

    RIVERVIEW — The anticipated matchup between two of the county's better running backs gave way to one team's quarterback play Friday night.Alonso's Ish Witter and Spoto's Eric Moate showed flashes in spurts but Ravens quarterback Brandon Hawkins stood out in a 31-6 preseason victory. Witter produced 42 yards and scored ...
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    Fri. Aug. 24, 2012 at 7:24 p.m. | Rod Gipson

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