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  • Midweek Grab Bag: It's back and better than ever

    Midweek Grab Bag: It's back and better than ever If I got asked one thing more than anything elsethis offseason, it was this: when is the Grab Bag coming back? My answer was always the same:  I know, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight? So here it is, Season 2, Episode I of your predictions, projections and for many of you excited to be ...
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    Wed. Aug. 29, 2012 at 1:12 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • 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

  • Cotey: Preseason top 25

    Cotey: Preseason top 25 The teams have changed. Some coaches, too. Players have come, transferred or graduated. But no matter how you break it down, how many practices you watch, how many stats you grind, the argument for the top high school football team in Tampa Bay is the same as every year since ...
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    Mon. Aug. 20, 2012 at 5:53 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 100: Spotlight on Eric Moate

    HomeTeam 100: Spotlight on Eric Moate Spoto RB Eric Moate, No. 39 in the HomeTeam 100  (see Nos. 31-40 here), is no longer under the radar. 2011 stats: 1,225 yards rushing, 11 yards per carry, 15 total TDs The breakdown: He quietly went about his business last season, Eric Moate did, only posting some of the ...
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    Wed. Aug. 15, 2012 at 6:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District deconstruction: Class 5A, District 8

    District deconstruction: Class 5A, District 8 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at a football district a day. Today: Class 5A, District 8. Teams Listed in order of 2011 finish, with overall/district record Jesuit (11-2, 8-0) Robinson (9-3, 7-1) Lakewood (6-4, 5-3) Spoto (6-4, 5-3) Dunedin (4-6, 3-5) Blake (4-6, 3-5) Gibbs ...
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    Thu. July 26, 2012 at 2:16 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Spring jamboree at East Bay

    At East Bay Scores: Riverview 15, Lennard 14 East Bay 14, Spoto 7 Spring game-breakers: Riverview sophomore QB Chase Freeman ran the ball eight times, picking up 65 yards and the touchdown that brought his team within a point despite having only three weeks of practice in new coach Mike ...
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    Thu. May 24, 2012 at 10:42 p.m. | David Rice

  • HomeTeam Huddle: At Spoto, less really is more

    HomeTeam Huddle: At Spoto, less really is more RIVERVIEW — Veteran Spoto coach Dale Caparaso has spent these purgatorial spring afternoons overseeing somewhat of a paradox in pads. Which is to say, a minimal turnout has not led to maximum two-platooning. Entering Thursday’s jamboree at East Bay, Caparaso envisions only one player — rising senior FB/ILB Camarcus Thomas ...
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    Mon. May 21, 2012 at 9:10 p.m. | Joey Knight

  • Cotey: Spring football primer

    Cotey: Spring football primer Are you ready for some …wait, wait. Let me try again. Spring is in the …no, no no. Scratch all that. Let’s go with: Football! Nice, simple and to the exclamation point. High school practice starts Tuesday and we’ve got big arms, like the one East Lake quarterback Pete DiNovo ...
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    Mon. April 30, 2012 at 7:43 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Times' 2011 all-Hillsborough County football team

    Times' 2011 all-Hillsborough County football team Offensive player of the year Alvin Bailey, Jr., Armwood Why we picked him: Two reasons: 1) No one around was more priceless to his team, and 2) he may just have completed the greatest individual playoff performance in county history. A receiver/punt returner at the season’s outset, Bailey became the ...
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    Fri. Dec. 23, 2011 at 12:03 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Hillsborough: Sunday Morning QB wrapup

    Hillsborough: Sunday Morning QB wrapup What we learned 1. Some surging teams are missing the playoffs. Dang that early schedule for Jefferson, which ended the season winners of five straight. What about Spoto, which won six of its last seven? Both are playoff-worthy teams, but were left out of the postseason — partially because of ...
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    Sat. Nov. 12, 2011 at 4:31 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Spoto 35, Wharton 28

    RIVERVIEW — Spoto's seniors were determined to keep their winning streak alive in their final game Thursday. Running back Brandon Williams led the Spartans to a 35-28 victory over Wharton, their third straight win, totaling more than 200 yards from scrimmage. Spoto (7-3) answered Wharton's early score off a turnover ...
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    Thu. Nov. 10, 2011 at 10:19 p.m. | Mark Chisholm

  • Midweek grab bag: Get it before the goodies run out (UPDATED!!!)

    Midweek grab bag: Get it before the goodies run out (UPDATED!!!) Dandy Dozen 1. Tampa Catholic at Jesuit No reason to think this isn't going to be any different than the previous 11 meetings. Why am I putting it No. 1? I dunno. Tigers roar 28-6. 2. Robinson at Plant The Knights have to rush to win, and Plant will make ...
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    Wed. Nov. 09, 2011 at 10:50 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: Spoto 21, Lakewood 15

    ST. PETERSBURG — Spoto held on to win a close battle of Spartans on Friday, upending host Lakewood 21-15.Senior QB Jaylin Davis gave Spoto (5-4, 5-3 in Class 5A, District 8) a 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter, high-stepping into the end zone from 2 yards.Lakewood (6-3, 5-3) closed the ...
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    Fri. Nov. 04, 2011 at 8:50 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback<br /><br />

    What we learned Brandon has thrown the 7A-8 race into chaos. Heading into the last two weeks of district play, the title had been gift-wrapped for Plant City. But then Brandon rolled into town. The Eagles' 48-36 victory over the Raiders is unquestionably the upset of the year, and if ...
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    Sat. Oct. 29, 2011 at 8:39 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Spoto 44, Lennard 2

    RUSKIN — Spoto rolled over 5A-8 district foe Lennard 44-2 Friday behind a dominating defensive performance. Coach Dale Caparaso turned over defensive play-calling duties to assistant Lawrence Walker and the Spartans responded by holding the Longhorns to 73 total yards.Spoto (4-4, 4-3) used three first-half return touchdowns, including two punt ...
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    Fri. Oct. 28, 2011 at 9:34 p.m. | Mark Chisholm

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