What we learned
1. Tommy Eveld will start at quarterback for Jesuit's next game. On the same night, Eveld won the job by performance and default. Not only was Eveld solid (12-for-24, 145 yards) in the Tigers' 21-7 triumph against Robinson, but classmate Aaron Paulsen, the starter for the first two games, sustained what appears to be a serious right knee injury while playing wideout in the second period. Paulsen said late Friday that he will have an MRI exam on the knee.
2. When Hillsborough doesn't turn the ball over, it's a pretty tough team to beat. In last week's "emotional" 36-6 loss to rival Plant (Earl Garcia's words, not ours), Hillsborough turned the ball over four times, twice deep in its own end. This past week against Newsome, which beat Tampa Bay Tech and lost by one point to Jefferson, the Terriers avoided shooting themselves in the foot. In fact, they forced two turnovers of their own. The result: a 35-28 win in which Hillsborough gained 383 total yards of offense. If the rest of the district of doom (6A-8) was hoping the Terriers would continue to slide after the Plant loss, well, that's not going to happen.
3. Plant can still pull them out. How's that song that Plant's band plays ad nauseam after leaving yet another opponent frustrated go? All they do is win? It wasn't pretty (four Plant turnovers) and didn't play out like a typical Panthers win, but their 12-7 triumph over Bergen Catholic of Oradell, N.J., showed Plant could win a slobberknocker. The Crusaders still had a chance to win on the final play and then coach Robert Weiner whips out some South Tampa magic dust and goes home riding into the sunset. The way Plant grinded this one out makes us pretty excited about that Oct. 28 game in Seffner.
Jefferson (1-1) at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward (3-0): The reigning Class 3A state champion of Florida takes on the reigning Ohio Division 1 state champion. St. Edward, though, is ranked No. 9 in the country by MaxPreps, whereas Jefferson is ranked No. 63 in the state of Florida. This could be rough for the Dragons.
Sickles (2-0) at King (1-2): If Sickles wants to be considered a serious contender for the district runnerup position in 6A-8, the Gryphons need to beat King while it's down. The Lions defense has allowed an average of 36.5 points in its past two games, both losses.
Brandon (2-0) at Durant (1-1): District 6A-8 may be considered a bear, but with Newsome, Plant City, Brandon and Durant all in 7A-8, this district isn't any slouch either. Neither Brandon nor Durant can afford to take an early loss in what looks to be a dogfight for the top two slots.
By the numbers
46.7 Points per game averaged by Cambridge Christian through three games
2003 The last time Alonso began a season 3-0
2008 The last year Newsome lost to a team that didn't make the playoffs. A favorable omen for Jefferson and Hillsborough?
235 Total penalty yards by Plant and Bergen Catholic in the Panthers' 12-7 win at Manatee
36 Points scored by Leto in its 13-point loss Friday to Riverview
14 Total points scored by the Falcons in all of 2010
RB Nelson Agholor, Berkeley Prep: Had 212 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Naples Golden Gate.
RB Anthony Brown, Hillsborough: Ran around, through and over the Newsome defense, finishing with 179 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in a 35-28 win.
C Cameron Dees, Armwood: Coach Sean Callahan said the center deserves a game ball for his effort in a 40-7 romp of TBT. We'll take his word for it.
QB Curtis Finch, Steinbrenner: Was efficient and made the most of his passing opportunities, going 7-for-10 for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-0 win against Strawberry Crest.
RB Tyrell Garner, Brandon: Ran for 336 yards and four touchdowns on 40 carries in a 29-22 win over Freedom.
RB Jeremiah Green, Hillsborough: He averaged the highest number of yards per carry (14.6) for Hillsborough in its 35-28 win. He finished with 102 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries.
Jesuit D-line: While we're lauding linemen, we'll recognize Ike Edwards, Brad Smith, Vincent Jackson and Robby Garcia, who were in Robinson's backfield most of the night.
RB Steven Maines, Riverview: Reeled off runs of 80 and 96 yards en route to a 300-plus-yard effort in the Sharks' 49-36 triumph at Leto.
Plant defense: Give them all a game ball. They held a Bergen Catholic team from New Jersey that put up 41 on a nationally ranked opponent to a touchdown and forced four turnovers.
QB Michael Serra, Leto: Serra ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns. That means he scored more points in the Falcons' 49-36 loss to Riverview than the entire Leto team scored in 2010. For that, sir, you are awarded a game ball.
"We're in the same situation we were in last year. We've been here before, now we've got to win a few more games and there are some quality teams down the line." — Mike DePue, Robinson coach, whose team also fell to Jesuit in the 2010 regular season but still reached the playoffs
"You want to say they're like Armwood because you can get the ball to the 10-yard line and then you can never score against them. That's what seemed to happen tonight. That's got to be partially on us, but mainly on them." — Robert Weiner, Plant coach, comparing Bergen Catholic's defense to Armwood.