Friday, February 23, 2018
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Handful of North of Tampa teams still fighting for playoff spots

CARROLLWOOD — Here's a look at tonight's prep football matchups involving North of Tampa area teams.

All kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. unless noted.

Northside Christian (3-5, 2-3) at Carrollwood Day School (6-3, 4-1)

Last week: CDS defeated Cambridge 40-20; Northside Christian lost to Canterbury 29-22.

Why you should go: To see the conclusion of another successful regular season for CDS.

Berkeley Prep (3-4, 1-3) at Frostproof (6-2, 2-1)

Last week: Berkeley Prep defeated Bishop McLaughlin 51-7; Frostproof defeated Fort Meade 20-14.

Why you should go: Berkeley still has a shot at a winning mark.

Wiregrass Ranch (3-5, 0-4) at Freedom (1-7, 0-4)

Last week: Wiregrass Ranch lost to Sickles 35-7; Freedom lost to Steinbrenner 17-15.

Why you should go: Because these 7A-7 cellar dwellers are still playing hard and somebody will get their first district win.

Steinbrenner (3-5, 2-2) at Gaither (4-4, 3-1)

Last week: Steinbrenner defeated Freedom 17-15; Gaither defeated Tampa Bay Tech 14-10.

Why you should go: Another 7A-7 district win and the Cowboys could be headed to a three-way tie for first with Tech and Sickles. A Steinbrenner win (and a Sickles win against Tech tonight) would force a three-way tie for the second playoff spot.

Tampa Bay Tech (6-2, 3-1) at Sickles (7-1, 4-0)

Last week: Tampa Bay Tech lost to Gaither 14-10; Sickles defeated Wiregrass Ranch 35-7.

Why you should go: To see if Sickles can cement the district title and head back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Wharton (6-3, 2-2) at Bloomingdale (5-3, 3-1)

Last week: Wharton lost to Plant 46-13; Bloomingdale defeated Newsome 24-10.

Why you should go: To see how Wharton got here. In mid October, the Wildcats were cruising toward a likely 8A-6 postseason berth. Now they need a win and an Alonso win against Plant just to get into a three-way tie for second with Alonso and Bloomingdale.

Canterbury (6-2, 3-2) at Cambridge (4-4,2-3)

Last week: Canterbury defeated Northside Christian 29-22; Cambridge lost to Carrollwood 40-20.

Why you should go: The winner of this contest will finish in third place in the 2A-5 race, a small consolation for finishing just out of the playoff race.

Leto (0-8, 0-7) at King (5-4, 2-4)

Last week: Leto lost to Lennard 68-0; King lost to Armwood 28-0.

Why you should go: To see just how many points King's offense can score on Leto and to see if the Falcons can accumulate more than one score in a game.

Plant (7-1, 4-0) at Alonso (5-3, 2-2)

Last week: Plant defeated Wharton 46-13; Alonso defeated Riverview 35-7.

Why you should go: Plant already owns the district crown. But Alonso still has a shot at the runnerup spot. A Raven win (with a Wharton win) sets up a three-way tie between the Ravens, Wildcats and Bloomingdale.

Armwood (8-0, 7-0) at Chamberlain (4-5, 4-3)

Last week: Armwood defeated King 28-0; Chamberlain lost to Jefferson 28-24.

Why you should go: If Chamberlain isn't deflated from last week's loss to Jefferson and the state-ranked Hawks are already looking at the playoffs, watch out.

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