After a week of national rankings talk and ESPN fodder, we were back to football. The high school season officially began Friday with the usual fundamental sloppiness. But that didn't stop the stars from shining. Here's a look back at Week 1.
What we learned
1. Plant's defense will progress faster than its offense.
A week after being lit up by Manatee, the Panthers shut down a triple-option offense that few people run anymore. Meantime, the passing game could keep sputtering until Phillip Ely's injured lower right leg heals, which may not be any time soon.
2. Even without leading receiver A.J. King, Armwood's offense can still light up the scoreboard with ease.
The one-two punch of quarterback Josh Grady (150 passing yards, 70 rushing yards, two total touchdowns) and running back Matt Jones (114 yards and three touchdowns on 15 attempts) was extremely effective Friday night, and King's return will take an already talented Hawks offense to another level.
3. Jefferson's air attack remains dangerous
When you play the Dragons, you know they're going to pass the ball downfield -- and they challenge you to stop them. But somehow, opposing defensive can't. Jefferson scored on pass plays of 74 and 96 yards in a 30-14 win over Hillsborough. Catch them if you can.
This week's games to watch
Tampa Catholic (0-1) at Berkeley Prep (1-0). Quite simply, a win against TC would be the biggest of Berkeley coach Dominick Ciao's four-season tenure with the Bucs and elevate the program to another level.
Hillsborough (0-1) at Plant (1-0). The Terriers and Panthers will have some unfinished business to attend to this week. Last season's matchup was postponed and eventually canceled due to inclement weather.
Jefferson (1-0) at Newsome (0-1). The Dragons and Wolves have been waiting for a winner for a year now. Last year's game was called after three quarters with Jefferson leading 29-28. Jefferson QB Quentin Williams said this game worries him the most.
By the numbers
6 Newsome first downs allowed by Armwood, four of which came on the first drive of the game. Two of those were the result of Hawks penalties.
407 Yards of total offense accumulated by Robinson in its 57-0 win over Leto
RB J.J. Hubbard, Sr., Robinson: We could issue game balls to about a half-dozen Knights in the wake of their 57-0 romp of Leto, but we'll go with Hubbard. In addition to running for 118 yards and two TDs on five carries, Hubbard returned a free kick for a 55-yard TD.
QB/DB Nick Addison, Sr., Spoto
Addison's all-purpose offensive potential was on full display Friday night as he finished with 207 passing yards, 39 more on the ground and five total touchdowns in the Spartans' 37-10 win over Wharton.
QB Deuce Gruden, Jr., Carrollwood Day
In his first regular season start behind center, Gruden tossed five TD passes in the Patriots' 38-15 win against Cambridge. Who said Jon Gruden doesn't like rookie quarterbacks?
WR Christian Hardegree, Jr., Berkeley Prep
In one half against St. Petersburg Catholic, Hardegree caught five passes -- six if you count the one he intercepted and returned for a TD -- for 146 yards and two scores.
RB Brieann Dollard, Sr., Sickles
Splitting carries with Cary White, who ran for 121 yards and a touchdown, Dollard picked up 147 yards on the ground and finished with three touchdowns in Sickles' 38-7 rout of Gaither.
TE/LB Ramik Wilson, Sr. Jefferson
Wilson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass, was credited with a safety and was a general thorn in Hillsborough's side on defense as the Dragons walloped Hillsborough 30-14
"The same look that they gave us last year when we walked off the field, saying they'll see us again, we're saying the same thing. We've got a lot to build on, we're a young team and I'm proud of my guys." -- TBT coach C.C. Culpepper following the Titans' loss to Plant
"It's typical first-game stuff. I think we made every mistake possible in that first half, and we were still able to play against a good team and come out with a victory like this. Even though we're a talented group, I still believe we've got to get out there and play against different people and learn from it." -- Armwood coach Sean Callahan on the Hawks' slow start en route to a 42-7 win
"It was all work and preparation. We outworked them. We've been working on those verts all week." -- Jefferson senior wideout Andre Davis after the Dragons' 30-14 win over Hillsborough. Davis scored on a 96-yard touchdown pass early in the second half.
Joey Knight, Eduardo A. Encina, Adam Berry, Times staff writers