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Cotey's top 10

1. Armwood

Record/last week's rank: 5-0, 1

Friday: beat Jefferson 41-0.

This week: vs. Tampa Bay Tech.

The lowdown: If anything, the Hawks are consistent. In their last three games, they have scored 41, 42 and 41 points. Oh, and given up, um, none, zero, and zilch.

2. Chamberlain

Record/last week's rank: 5-0, 2

Friday: beat East Bay 21-6.

This week: vs. Sickles.

The lowdown: Before the season started, this week's game against the Gryphons looked appetizing. Now? Let's just say I'm full.

3. Plant

Record/last week's rank: 3-1, 3

Friday: Watched YouTube of vice presidential debate. Swear that Sarah Palin was winking at quarterback Aaron Murray.

This week: vs. Blake.

The lowdown: Not saying the Yellow Jackets are struggling, but the over/under on Murray TD passes is 11 (15 if he plays the second half).

4. Largo

Record/last week's rank: 4-0, 4

Friday: beat Dunedin 19-7.

This week: vs. Pinellas Park.

The lowdown: This year's group is not as explosive as past years, but it has one thing in common with past teams — winning, as in 31 of its last 34 regular-season games.

5. Hillsborough

Record/last week's rank: 4-1, 5

Friday: beat Riverview 61-14.

This week: vs. Freedom.

The lowdown: Chamberlain hangover officially cured.

6. Tampa Bay Tech

Record/last week's rank: 5-0, 6

Friday: beat Spoto 14-6.

This week: at Armwood.

The lowdown: Either the Titans were looking ahead, or … well, the other option could be ugly.

7. Nature Coast

Record/last week's rank: 4-0, 8

Friday: beat Pasco 18-17.

This week: vs. Lecanto.

The lowdown: Used a former Dade City resident to beat Pasco; holding tryouts for former Lecanto residents this morning.

8. Tarpon Springs

Record/last week's rank: 4-0, 10

Friday: beat Countryside 16-15.

This week: vs. Land O'Lakes.

The lowdown: A fake extra point to win a game? Are you kidding? I hear coach George Kotis also took the Giants in last year's Super Bowl, predicted the Rays would make the playoffs and when he goes to Vegas, hits on 17.

9. Jefferson

Record/last week's rank: 2-2, 7

Friday: Lost to Armwood 41-0.

This week: vs. Leto.

The lowdown: Am I being too gentle here, dropping the Dragons two spots for a lopsided loss? Nah. Armwood's just that darned good.

10. Alonso

Record/last week's rank: 4-1, NR

Friday: beat Freedom 27-15.

This week: at King.

The lowdown: QB C.J. Bennett has accounted for three touchdowns in all but one of the Ravens games. We agree there's only one Superman in Tampa Bay, but leaping tall buildings in two bounds is pretty impressive too.

Cotey's top 10 10/04/08 [Last modified: Saturday, October 4, 2008 9:37pm]
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