Saturday, September 22, 2018
News Roundup

Ernest Hooper: Sometimes you gotta take inventory

Random thoughts, because sometimes you gotta take inventory.

I like Kelly Clarkson, but she’s no Aretha.

Tax cuts? Overrated.

Vote. Stop making excuses.

To earn a man’s support, you must acknowledge his pain.

The older I get, the more I love baseball.

Sly Stone’s words of wisdom: "It’s the truth that the truth makes them so uptight."

Until we boost Florida’s teacher pay above the national average, we’re failing.

Mystery of life? Me neither.

I need to see more concerts at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Robert Scorpio is still on General Hospital. Unbelievable.

Environment = Tourism. Tourism = Money. Why can’t we figure this out?

James Ford served as Tallahassee’s first African-American mayor in 1972.

In 2018, Tampa, Clearwater and St. Pete have yet to elect an African-American mayor.

I can’t stop thinking about Atlanta’s Antico Pizza.

Joey Johnston is my hero— the father and the son.

Suncoast sunsets. Love ‘em. Need ’em.

Tampa saxophone star BK Jackson has a new album: Paradise.

In second grade, Mrs. Casanova taught us This Little Light Of Mine. More kids need to sing that song. And more adults.

Will the Gators ever beat the Seminoles in football again?

All the new music I like (Boo’d Up) sounds like the old music I love.

Pragmatism versus idealism. You gotta pick one over the other at the polls this year.

If you can’t find me, I’ll be in Sedona.

Transportation initiative? Trust the process.

Expensive meals? Overrated.

Cheeseburgers? Underrated.

That’s all I’m saying.

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

TRINITY — What at first looked like a defensive stalemate between Clearwater and Mitchell quickly turned into a rout.Clearwater had revenge on its mind Friday night after a 45-28 loss to Mitchell last year during the the regular seaso...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able to move the ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

LARGO — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday night, but that has been the case a lot recently. Largo is scoring points in bunches and getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been smothering, as well as a special team...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays bounce back big after a debacle

Rays bounce back big after a debacle

TORONTO — The way the Rays played Friday — all nine innings, lesson learned — in beating the Jays 11-3 provided the best answer on how, or even if, they could rebound from the crushing loss the night before that all but ended their ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Football: Sickles 7, Freedom 3

TAMPA — Sickles needed a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to escape Freedom 7-3 on Homecoming and remain in the hunt for a Class 7A, District 8 title.Gryphons coach Patrick Murphy knew that facing the Patriots would be a battle. Freedom (1-...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Football: Armwood 24, Jefferson 14

SEFFNER — Armwood is becoming accustomed to winning close games.The Hawks fended off visiting Jefferson 24-14 in a defensive battle that featured a plethora of holding penalties in the second half.Armwood (3-1) earned two rushing touchdowns from juni...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Football: Plant 44, Gaither 34

TAMPA — Seventy-eight points. Eight hundred and 40 yards in total offense. Five players surpassing the century mark in yardage.When the game was over Friday, Plant had the edge in every category — including the scoreboard as the Panthers (3-1) opened...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Football: Robinson 28, Blake 25

TAMPA — Nevermind that Blake scored a go-ahead touchdown with 87 seconds left in the game.Forgive him, but part of Robinson junior Lateef Al-Shaa’ir was hoping it would happen just so it would set up a comeback.And it did.With 24 seconds left in the ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Football: St. Petersburg 23, Gibbs 6

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg’s Aumhryaun Brown’s two touchdowns helped overcome the ejection of quarterback Tonio Shavers as the Green Devils cruised to a 23-6 win against Gibbs on Friday.As time expired during the first half, with the Green Devil...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Football: Plant City 24, East Bay 7

GIBSONTON — Plant City’s high-powered passing game gets most of the attention. But the Raiders’ defense is just as responsible for the team’s unbeaten start.In Plant City’s 24-7 road victory against East Bay in Class 7A, District 9 on Friday, the def...
Updated: 5 hours ago