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Hillsborough football teams play it forward in pursuit of playoffs

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 surprising Seffner Christian and its 3-1 record. The second-year Crusaders play at Armwood's Lyle Flagg Field against Jacksonville Temple Christian.

All games start at 7:30 tonight unless noted.

CCC (4-1) at Tampa Catholic (4-0)

LAST WEEK: Clearwater Central Catholic 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, their 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 got 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. Lennard faces Jesuit this week before traveling to Lakewood next Friday.

Carrollwood Day School (3-2) at Canterbury (4-1), 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Carrollwood Day lost to Admiral Farragut 49-41; Canterbury lost to Bradenton Christian 35-14.

THE SKINNY: A Class 2A, District 5 meeting, Canterbury is tied for the league lead at 3-1. Carrollwood Day has slipped in the district race to 1-2. CDS hopes to rebound after a disappointing loss to Admiral Farragut in which it held a 22-0 first quarter lead. The Patriots also wasted an amazing performance by RB Robert Davis, who rushed for 292 yards and posted 461 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a score. Canterbury will counter with its outstanding running attack, led by RB Brent O'Neal, whose 931 yards this year lead all rushing in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Canterbury and CDS have only played twice with Carrollwood losing both times.

Cambridge (4-1) at Calvary Christian (2-2)

LAST WEEK: Cambridge defeated Indian Rocks Christian 39-27; Calvary Christian defeated Northside Christian 46-0.

THE SKINNY: This Class 2A, District 5 clash finds Cambridge surprisingly atop the league standings (at 3-1) after last week's huge win against IRC. The Lancers topped IRC mainly thanks to FB-LB Robbie Robertson, who forced three turnovers on defense and rushed for two touchdowns on offense. A win tonight would move Cambridge even closer to securing its first-ever playoff berth and all but eliminate Calvary (1-2) from the 2A-5 district race.

Times correspondent Rod Gipson contributed to this report. Brandon Wright can be reached at

Hillsborough football teams play it forward in pursuit of playoffs 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 4:30am]
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