Friday night lights moved to Thursday night thrills this week. School district officials shifted most of the county's high school football games to Thursday night in observance of Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset tonight. You can find the results in today's sports section. Meanwhile, six county teams maintain the status quo, including, surprisingly, Seffner Christian and its 3-1 record. The second-year Crusaders play at Armwood's Lyle Flagg Field against Jacksonville Temple Christian. Games had a 7:30 p.m. start.
Clearwater Central Catholic (4-1) at Tampa Catholic (4-0)
LAST WEEK: CCC defeated Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 27-13; Tampa Catholic defeated Lake Highland Prep 28-14.
THE SKINNY: This is the Class 3A, District 5 opener for both squads and a huge contest as the race appears to be a three-team battle for two playoff spots. State-ranked Berkeley Prep likely will grab one of those spots, so this contest could be a playoff-decider in early October. Tampa Catholic comes in with a tough running duo in Jordan Rich-Rogers and Trevor Register, who torched Lake Highland for a combined 234 yards and three touchdowns last week. CCC coach John Davis has not had a win against Tampa Catholic since the 2001 season.
Lennard (1-4) at Jesuit (4-1)
LAST WEEK: Berkeley Prep defeated Lennard 42-14; Jesuit defeated Spoto 38-22.
THE SKINNY: Jesuit moved to 4-0 in the district with a big win last week, its fourth victory in a row. That means Jesuit and Lakewood sit atop the 5A-8 standings holding the same record, with Gibbs and Robinson both at one loss. The Tigers had a huge defensive performance last week, forcing four turnovers. Travis Johnson had a pair of interceptions, and Cameron Ruff returned a pick 65 yards for a score. Freshman Kevin Newman ran for three scores. After facing Jesuit, Lennard travels to Lakewood next Friday.
Times correspondent Rod Gipson contributed to this report. Brandon Wright can be reached at [email protected]