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Football season's halfway point full of surprises

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We are at the midway point of the high school season for most teams, and the all-important second half remains. Some things have been status quo, while others have been a bit of a surprise in East Hillsborough.

Armwood continues to win, but its surprising to see a Hawks team not quite as dominant as years past. They suffered an early-season loss to Delray Beach American Heritage, and had to erase a 21-point deficit to knock off Jefferson last week.

Despite its first loss last week, Seffner Christian is off to the best start in school history.

Meanwhile, Durant is quietly entering the conversation of "best team in Hillsborough County" but will be tested against Plant City tonight.

Then there are a number of teams bunched up around the .500 mark, including Bloomingdale, Newsome, Riverview. With mostly district tilts from here on out, it will be interesting to see which teams emerge and reach the playoffs.

Seffner Christian (3-1) at Landmark Christian (5-0)

Last week: Windermere Prep defeated Seffner Christian 17-14; Landmark Christian defeated Life Academy 61-0.

Why you should go: To see Seth Lewis, a bull on both sides of the ball. Lewis, who doubles on defense, leads the Crusaders with 289 rushing yards and seven TDs, including one last week in the Crusaders' loss.

Dunedin (2-3) at Spoto (1-3)

Last week: Dunedin defeated Gibbs 14-12; Jesuit defeated Spoto 45-0.

Why you should go: Spoto senior Tyree Wilson. Although Spoto has struggled mightily this season, senior lineman Tyree Wilson leads the Spartans with 3.5 sacks.

Alonso (2-2) at Bloomingdale (3-2)

Last week: Alonso defeated Freedom 35-6; Bloomingdale defeated Riverview 23-7.

Why you should go: To watch Bloomingdale's Eugene Baker, one of the county's most underrated players. Baker, who has rushed for 595 yards and five TDs, is the offensive focal point and had 35 carries two weeks ago.

Brandon (0-4) at Newsome (2-3)

Last week: Sickles defeated Brandon 37-14; Newsome defeated Chamberlain 31-28.

Why you should go: To see if Clint Carnell hits another home run for the Wolves against a Brandon team eager to get its first win. Carnell leads the Wolves with a 6.81 yards per carry average and has scored five TDs.

Plant City (3-1) at Durant (4-0)

Last week: Plant City defeated Riverview 34-14 Sept. 21; Durant defeated Wharton 13-12.

Why you should go: To see who wins the battle for Plant City supremacy. Landon Galloway leads the Raiders with 18 catches.

Jesuit (3-2) at Lennard (0-5)

Last week: Jesuit defeated Spoto 45-0; Berkeley Prep defeated Lennard 31-19.

Why you should go: Lennard might not win a game this season but don't blame Victor Williams. The Longhorns' utility man had TD runs of 75 and 66 yards last week and a 50-yard receiving touchdown against Berkeley Prep. Williams also returned a kick for a TD in Lennard's first game.

East Bay (1-3) at Riverview (2-3)

Last week: Newsome defeated East Bay 30-22 Sept. 22; Bloomingdale beat Riverview 23-7.

Why you should go: This should be a stingy matchup of ground and pound teams. Brandon Byrd leads the Indians with 240 rushing yards and five scores on the ground.

Sickles (3-1) at Armwood (4-1)

Last week: Sickles defeated Brandon 37-14; Armwood defeated Jefferson 35-21.

Why you should go: To see if Leon McQuay is the county's best defender. Yes, better than Wharton's Vernon Hargreaves. The uber athletic McQuay, who is still undecided, had a pair of picks in the win against Jefferson.

Football season's halfway point full of surprises 10/04/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 4:30am]
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