Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback

What we learned

1. Plant-Robinson could be even better in 2010. While the Panthers honored more than three dozen seniors before their 29-13 victory over the Knights, Robinson suited up only nine seniors, according to coach Mike DePue. All of the Knights' points were scored by juniors or sophomores.

2. Tampa Catholic is hexed. Save the jokes about confessions and exorcisms. The Crusaders lost their 10th straight to Jesuit and 18th of 20 Friday night. A tying field goal hit off the left post and Tampa Catholic quarterback Christian Green's left shoe fell off — twice! Or we could just give Jesuit credit for its physical play.

3. Records are made to be broken, and Jefferson has a history of great quarterbacks. Dragons junior Quentin Williams made his mark Friday with four touchdown passes in a 69-8 win over Middleton. He set the school's single-season record for TD passes with 31, breaking the mark of 29 by current South Carolina starter Stephen Garcia during his senior year. Williams also threw for 340 yards against the Tigers.

This week's games to watch

Land O'Lakes (9-1) at Jefferson (8-1): Locally, this Class 3A game is the most intriguing of the postseason's opening week. Gators junior quarterback Stevie Weatherford and Dragons counterpart Quentin Williams have more than 4,000 passing yards and 50 TDs between them.

Hillsborough (6-3) at Largo (8-2): The script seems set for another Hillsborough region meltdown. A tougher-than-you-might-think opponent after losing to Tampa Bay Tech by 18. Bottom line, the Terriers need to prove they can win big games.

Alonso (4-6) at Newsome (7-2): On paper it doesn't look like a good matchup, but Alonso dealt Newsome one of its two losses — 35-10 in Week 3. Alonso quarterback C.J. Bennett threw for three scores and ran for another, but this Wolves team has battled adversity all season.

Numbers of the day

0 Total fumbles in the Robinson-Plant game

19 Points scored by Gaither in loss to Newsome, the most all season for the Cowboys

Game balls

RB Robby Garcia, Jesuit The workhorse senior ran for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries, including a fourth-quarter 10-yarder that iced a 24-14 win over Tampa Catholic.
RB/DE James Wilder Jr., Plant The team's resident man-child was named the Robinson-Plant game MVP after running for 50 yards and a touchdown and having a hand in at least one blocked punt.
RBs Maurice Hagens and Cludner LeCount, Tampa Bay Tech The duo teamed for 270 yards, with Hagens adding five touchdowns, in a 46-28 romp over Hillsborough.
QB Greg Windham, King He passed for 306 yards and had a hand in all four touchdowns in a 28-3 victory over Durant, the most significant win of second-year coach Al Davis' tenure.
QB Tyler Guy, Freedom He found the end zone four times (two passing, two running) in a 45-6 win over Lennard. Guy also completed 64 percent of his passes (9-for-14) and threw for 174 yards.
QB Shug Oyegunle, Gaither Welcome to the show, frosh. This hasn't been a year to remember for Gaither, but Oyegunle showed there is hope for the future, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns while running for a third in a near upset of Newsome.

Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback 11/14/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 14, 2009 8:36pm]

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