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  • Football: Durant 9, Plant City 7

    PLANT CITY — It didn’t rain on Durant’s parade. Barely. Durant overcame a steady downpour, then almost proved to be its worst enemy in the final minute before defeating Plant City 9-7 Friday night in a Class 7A, District 8 opener for both teams. The Cougars nearly let a 9-0 ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time

    Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit, and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.  Grab Bag power rankings  Here are the 20 hottest things in high school football right now. 1. (1) Pinellas County football: ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 11:23 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Sept. 6-12

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Sept. 5-12. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 11:02 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Durant 34, Tampa Bay Tech 20

    TAMPA — With eyes glued on TBT quarterback Deon Cain, Durant quarterback Erick Davis stole the show with five touchdowns (four rushing). Cain scored two touchdowns during the second half, and the Titans recovered an onside kick down 14 with three minutes to play. But Xavier Walden’s interception sealed it. ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:38 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Sunday Morning QB: Getting a little four quarters love

    Sunday Morning QB: Getting a little four quarters love 4 teams that are better than we thought Hillsborough: We didn’t think the Terriers were bad. But the way the Terriers played defense in the second half against Jefferson, and the play of quarterback Dwayne Lawson, has inspired us. The Terriers’ frenetic and aggressive no-huddle offense is going to be ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 7:42 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: Durant 30, Sickles 20

    The Durant Cougars (1-1)  defeats the Sickles Gyrphons (1-1) 30-20 behind the arms and legs of senior quarterback Erick Davis. Davis rushed for 135 yards and passed for 89 yards and a touchdown. Key drive: Right out of the gates of the secnd half, Davis ran it up the gut ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 1:24 a.m. | J.J. Garrett

  • Football: Armwood 37, Durant 14

    SEFFNER — Armwood had 14-0 lead less than six minutes into the first quarter. But Durant made it interesting as Crispian Atkins’ 85 yards and two TDs in the first half kept it close. After a scoreless third, Armwood’s defense forced costly turnovers and unforced errors to finally pull away. ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:50 a.m. | Doug Pugh

  • Durant: 2014 football preview

    Durant  Coach: Mike Gottman (11th season, 70-48) Last season: 3-7  Class/district: 7A-8 Colors: Vegas gold and navy  Stadium: Ron Frost Stadium, 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City Playoff history: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012 Last appearance: Beat Tampa Bay Tech 34-7; lost 21-14 to Newsome. Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Armwood, 7:30 Sept. 5  at Sickles, ...
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    Mon. Aug. 18, 2014 at 10:11 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Class 7A, District 8: 2014 football preview

    Class 7A, District 8: 2014 football preview We’re rolling out daily district previews for all 78 varsity football teams in the area. Today we look at an all-east Hillsborough  County district that loves tight games. Overview Districts probably don’t get much more even than this one, which last year featured a three-way district tiebreaker to settle things ...
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    Mon. Aug. 18, 2014 at 7:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey and Kelly Parsons

  • Times’ all-Hillsborough County softball teams

    Pitcher of the Year: Lace Smith, Jr., Bloomingdale Why we picked her: Smith carried a team that didn’t even make the playoffs last year to the Class 8A state championship — the program’s first since 1993. She took a 0.58 ERA into the state semifinals, and she allowed only one ...
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    Wed. June 11, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Spring football: Armwood 14, Plant City 0; Strawberry Crest 10, Durant 9

    at Durant Armwood 14, Plant City 0 Strawberry Crest 10, Durant 9 Spring game-breakers: Armwood’s defense starred in the first matchup, holding Plant City to minus-21 yards on 21 carries. … Armwood’s Trevor Laurent caught two passes for 29 yards, including a 19-yard slant for a touchdown. … The Hawks’ ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Region softball: Durant ousted by Harmony

    Durant’s quest for a fourth trip to state since 2002 fizzled in Sunday’s rough offensive outing at Harmony. The Cougars’ season ended with a 3-0 loss to the Longhorns in a Class 7A region final delayed two days by rain. “We just made a couple mistakes, and they took advantage,” ...
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    Sun. May 04, 2014 at 10:39 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region baseball: One inning lifts Sickles over Durant

    DURANT — Sickles did all of its damage in one inning of a 5-3 comeback win over Durant in Wednesday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal. The Gryphons (18-7) erased a 3-0 deficit with a five-run fifth highlighted by Levi Gilcrease’s three-run home run over the left-centerfield fence. Maddux Faber added an ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 10:54 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region softball: Durant holds off Plant City

    PLANT CITY — Even after breezing through six shutout innings, Durant had to make Wednesday’s Class 7A region semifinal interesting. The Cardiac Cougars gave their coaches heartburn, loading the bases with one out and allowing the go-ahead run to the plate before buckling down and escaping with a 5-2 home ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • District baseball: Durant edges Brandon 1-0 for 7A-7 title

    District baseball: Durant edges Brandon 1-0 for 7A-7 title PLANT CITY — Just one out from winning his second straight district baseball tournament Friday, Durant coach Butch Valdes paced in and out of the dugout, the nerves visible on his face from under the brim of his navy blue helmet. Brandon (16-9) hadn’t had a runner in scoring position ...
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    Fri. April 25, 2014 at 11:52 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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