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Sun. September 2, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Sunday morning quarterback: Hillsborough County edition

Times’ Super 7
1. Armwood (1-0)
In a re-loading sense, Hawks are Hillsborough County’s version of Alabama.

2. Plant (1-0)
Unlike past years, Panthers defense will carry torch ‘til offense catches up.

3. Robinson (1-0)
Truth be told, Knights probably should’ve scored even more against Jefferson

4. Sickles (1-0)
We see no glaring holes in the Gryphons’ lineup. None.

5. Tampa Bay Tech (1-0)
Anyone who beats Newsome by three TDs gets our respect reallll quick.

6. Hillsborough (1-0)
We expect Terriers to go to the East Coast next week and give Cocoa a game

7. Jesuit (0-1)
Tigers’ defense -- defense, mind you -- played well enough to defeat Plant
In the conversation: Berkeley Prep (1-0), Durant (1-0), East Bay (1-0)

Debut of the week
Riverview’s 24-17 victory Saturday against Spoto under new coach Mike Thornton was the program’s first on-field triumph against a team not named Leto since Nov. 6, 2009.

Other first-year coaches winning Saturday:
Darryl Gordon, Blake (37-6 at Leto)
John Kelly, Strawberry Crest (21-7 vs. Plant City)
D.J. Mayo, Chamberlain (27-13 at Bloomingdale)

Breakout players
Berkeley Prep senior TB Chris Williams, the every-down heir to Nelson Agholor, ran for 158 yards and two TDs in a 28-6 win against Winter Park Trinity Prep. The yardage total was 40 percent of what he ran for (402) in all of 2011.

Counting the preseason win against Gaither (which may as well have counted), Sickles sophomore TB Ray Ray McCloud has 274 yards in his team’s two contests.

Record watch
1,830
Yards needed by Carrollwood Day senior Robert Davis to become Hillsborough County’s alltime rushing king. Davis opened his 2012 season with 136 yards (and two TDs) on 11 carries in the Patriots’ 42-7 rout of Imagine School of North Port.

Hot Reads
* Gaither’s 24-21 win against Alonso was the Cowboys’ first triumph in a season opener since 2006

* The 43 points East Bay put up against Lennard were the most scored by the Indians in a regular season game since Oct. 23, 2009

* Dating to last season, Chamberlain senior TB Xavier Johnson now has six consecutive 100-yard rushing games  

Three thoughts on next week
* We wouldn’t be shocked in the least if Armwood’s defense notched its ninth shutout in its last 11 regular season games against reigning Class 3A state champ American Heritage

* If Carrollwood Day can put half a hundred on Keswick Christian, the Patriots will. They're bitter about last year’s three-point loss to the Crusaders, for various reasons.

* Suddenly, Steinbrenner at East Bay seems really, really interesting.

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