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Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback

What we learned

1. Jefferson isn't just an airmail team. Want to put a 6-foot-3 defender on star receiver Andre Davis, as Lakewood attempted Friday? No problem. The Dragons will pound you with capable running back Demetrius Russell and smack you in the mouth with their defense.

2. Dan Mancuso has resurfaced. Mancuso, recently fired as Middleton offensive coordinator over a philosophical difference with the Tigers staff, is now helping out at Jefferson. Dragons athletic director Bob Morgan confirmed Mancuso, also the former head coach at St. Petersburg Catholic, recently joined Mike Fenton's staff.

3. We're not going to sleep on Newsome. Call it an upset, but we've been saying the Wolves are better than their record indicated. And their three-touchdown win over previously unbeaten Robinson proved it. Looking at the rest of Newsome's schedule, we think the Wolves could easily win four of their last five — and give Durant a game in the fifth game.

4. We're drinking the Gryphons' Kool-Aid. It's green, so it's more like Ecto Cooler, but it's tasty regardless. Down 15 at the half at home, Sickles could have packed up its tent. But the Gryphons instead came back to win 31-28 in overtime — the kind of victory that will be retold for ages out in Odessa.

This week's games to watch

1. Plant (4-1) at Spoto (6-0). Suddenly, we're not sure which team has the better defense: Spoto (which has allowed 20 points in six games) or the Panthers (who haven't allowed a point in Plant's last three contests). Bring your lunch pail to this one.

2. Durant (5-1) at Sickles (5-1). After big wins Friday we're sold on both the Cougars and Gryphons. Sit back and watch some power football.

Number of the day

38 Number of points allowed by Durant in six games this season

Audibles

"We're going to the playoffs. There's no stopping us."

John Melvin Hendrick, Sickles quarterback, after the Gryphons' 31-28 overtime win over Boca Ciega. Sickles controls its destiny and can seal just its second playoff berth in school history with a win over Leto in two weeks.

"I've said all along we've got other guys. I know Andre (Davis) gets a lot of attention, and it's well-deserved, but we've got some guys that can make big plays. Chris Moore obviously is a big-time receiver, and he made a couple of big, big plays tonight for us, and we've got some running backs that can stick it up in there, and tight ends. And all those guys are juniors; they're all coming back."

Mike Fenton, Jefferson coach, who watched Moore haul in four catches for 80 yards against Lakewood

Game balls

RB Conner Powers, Newsome Had 212 yards total offense, including 177 rushing yards and four touchdowns on runs of 7, 4, 5 and 10 yards in a much-needed 41-20 win over Robinson.
RB T.J. Glover, Plant Pick your poison. Glover scored on a 22-yard run, caught a 5-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 34 yards for a score in Plant's 49-0 thumping of Gaither. He is a Dads Stadium star in the making.
QB Bennie Coney, Plant City Coney, a sophomore, had his best game as a starter in the Raiders' 28-0 win over Bloomingdale, throwing for three scores and running for another.
RB/WR Jameel Gay, Alonso Caught three touchdown passes from C.J. Bennett and ran in one more as Alonso got back on the right track with a 36-13 win over hapless Chamberlain.
QB Bobby Eveld, Jesuit Threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns on 15 of 22 passing in the Tigers' big 40-0 rebound win over Lennard.
RB/WR Nelson Agholor, Berkeley Prep Scored three touchdowns and ran for 182 yards in the Bucs' 39-17 win over Lakeland Christian.
LB Greg Hickman, Tampa Bay Tech Picked off two Freedom passes in the Titans' 21-3 win over the Patriots.
RB Conner Powers, Newsome Had 212 yards total offense, including 177 rushing yards and four touchdowns on runs of 7, 4, 5 and 10 yards in a much-needed 41-20 win over Robinson.
RB T.J. Glover, Plant Pick your poison. Glover scored on a 22-yard run, caught a 5-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 34 yards for a score in Plant's 49-0 thumping of Gaither. He is a Dads Stadium star in the making.
QB Bennie Coney, Plant City Coney, a sophomore, had his best game as a starter in the Raiders' 28-0 win over Bloomingdale, throwing for three scores and running for another.
RB/WR Jameel Gay, Alonso Caught three touchdown passes from C.J. Bennett and ran in one more as Alonso got back on the right track with a 36-13 win over hapless Chamberlain.
QB Bobby Eveld, Jesuit Threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns on 15 of 22 passing in the Tigers' big 40-0 rebound win over Lennard.
RB/WR Nelson Agholor, Berkeley Prep Scored three touchdowns and ran for 182 yards in the Bucs' 39-17 win over Lakeland Christian.
LB Greg Hickman, Tampa Bay Tech Picked off two Freedom passes in the Titans' 21-3 win over the Patriots.

Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback 10/10/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 10, 2009 10:28pm]
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