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Alonso, Chamberlain face off in pivotal district match

Chamberlain (1-4, 0-0) at Alonso (1-4, 0-0)

Last Week: Chamberlain lost to Plant City, 41-35; Alonso lost to Tampa Bay Tech, 52-14.

Last Year: Alonso def. Chamberlain, 36-13.

The Skinny: A win tonight puts Chamberlain in the playoff picture. Ditto for Alonso.

The Edge: A pivotal game for second place in Class 5A, District 5, Alonso should get the upper hand.

Tampa Bay Tech (3-2, 0-0) at Freedom (1-3, 0-0)

Last Week: Tech def. Alonso, 52-14; Freedom was off.

Last Year: Tech def. Freedom, 21-3.

The Skinny: Tech's offense is clicking after a tough early-season stretch. Coming off a bye week, Freedom is searching for consistency.

The Edge: The jump in the 5A-7 district race will go to Tech.

Plant (3-2, 0-0) at Gaither (2-3, 0-0)

Last Week: Gaither lost to Hillsborough, 40-12; Plant lost to Armwood, 17-0.

Last Year: Plant def. Gaither, 49-0.

The Skinny: The vaunted Plant Panthers suddenly look a lot more normal. Gaither remains in the 5A-5 playoff chase.

The Edge: Plant will maintain its lock on the district crown with a win tonight.

Lakewood (3-2, 1-0) at Jefferson (5-0, 1-0)

Last Week: Lakewood lost to Countryside, 51-22; Jefferson def. Wharton, 49-7.

Last Year: Jefferson def. Lakewood, 27-6.

The Skinny: Lakewood's defense looked suspect against Countryside. Meanwhile, Jefferson QB Quentin Williams has 1,400 passing yards and 21 touchdowns in five games this season.

The Edge: Jefferson goes to 2-0 in Class 3A, District 8.

Largo (4-1, 1-0) at Leto (0-5, 0-1)

Last Week: Largo def. Tarpon Springs, 51-35; Leto lost to King, 68-0.

Last Year: Largo def. Leto, 28-9.

The Skinny: After struggling most of the season, Largo's offense broke out for 51 points last week. Leto's defense has allowed an average of 46 points a game.

The Edge: Already ahead in the 4A-10 race after beating Sickles, Largo will maintain its advantage.

Sickles (3-2, 0-1) at Boca Ciega (2-2, 1-0)

Last Week: Sickles lost to Brandon, 29-9; Boca Ciega def. Pinellas Park, 33-21

Last Year: Sickles def. Boca Ciega, 31-28.

The Skinny: Sickles' 4A-10 title hopes took a hit with a loss to Largo two weeks ago. But Bogie has come on of late with two straight wins.

The Edge: This is, basically, a playoff game for both teams. The winner, likely Sickles, will be in second place in the district with one league game remaining.

Steinbrenner (1-3, 0-1) at St. Petersburg Catholic (1-4, 0-2)

Last Week: Steinbrenner def. Bloomingdale, 13-7; SPC lost to Strawberry Crest, 45-44.

Last Year: SPC def. Steinbrenner, 40-10.

The Skinny: The Warriors played well last week in earning their first season win. SPC suffered a shocker in a loss to a surprising Strawberry Crest team.

The Edge: In a meeting of two teams fighting to avoid the Class 2A-5 basement, SPC will benefit from its homefield advantage.

Brandon (5-0, 0-0) at Wharton (1-4, 0-0)

Last Week: Brandon def. Sickles, 29-9; Wharton lost to Jefferson, 49-7.

Last Year: Wharton def. Brandon, 27-25.

The Skinny: The hard-running Eagles had an impressive win against Sickles last week. Wharton, meanwhile, continues to struggle defensively, evidenced by its 42-point loss last week against Jefferson.

The Edge: Brandon will get off to a good 5A-7 start with a district win tonight.

Compiled by Rod Gipson. He can be reached at hillsnews@sptimes.com.

Alonso, Chamberlain face off in pivotal district match 10/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:30am]

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