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Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback

Hillsborough Super 7

1. Armwood (5-0): We're guessing the Hawks spent their bye week munching on nails, playing in dirt and lifting weights.

2. Sickles (5-0): Falling behind winless Freedom 13-0 gave us momentary doubt, then Sickles erased that with the next 53 points.

3. Tampa Bay Tech (4-1): Deon Cain's career-high four TD passes (to go with 307 passing yards) was enough to survive an early scare from Steinbrenner in a 54-28 win. Next up: a juicy matchup against stingy Plant City.

4. Tampa Catholic (5-1): The Crusaders had a chance to bury Frostproof, but the Bulldogs did their best impersonation of a zombie in a 21-16 win.

5. Plant (4-1-1): The Panthers rebounded from their first loss with a 47-7 win over Riverview, as we expected. All eyes will be on next week's showdown with the undefeated Gryphons.

6. Jefferson (4-1): The Dragons had the perfect opponent on which to take out their first-loss frustration (49-0 over winless Leto). Looking at the rest of Jefferson's schedule, it could be a while before the offense slows down.

7. Plant City (4-1): Mistakes in their 19-13 loss to East Bay cost the Raiders their perfect record. But they have a chance to show they're still one of the best around next week against Tampa Bay Tech.

Audibles

"The kid wanted to make a play. I don't fault him for wanting to make a play, but he's just got to take care of the ball a little bit more." — Wayne Ward, Plant City coach, on QB Landon Galloway's fumble on the 2-yard line in overtime that allowed East Bay the chance for its winning TD.

"I'm going to be totally honest with you, I didn't get very down because we've done some crazy stuff all year that has not surprised me. That almost didn't surprise me." — Frank LaRosa, East Bay coach, on QB Chris Carpentier's potential winning TD pass getting intercepted by Plant City on the last play of regulation.

Blind side

Things we didn't see coming:

1. Plant City being held to just 196 yards. The Raiders, undefeated heading into the East Bay game, had been dynamic on offense all season, averaging 157 passing yards per game despite its first-year quarterback. Against the Indians, the Raiders had just 33.

2. King nearly toppling Hillsborough. The Lions showed their 4-1 start was no fluke, battling until the final minute in a 28-27 loss. Only a fourth-quarter TD pass from Dwayne Lawson, his two-point conversion run and an untimely fumble kept King from the upset.

3. Lennard giving Robinson a game. We thought the Knights would start enjoying the latter, easier part of a so-far grueling schedule. Instead, they won 22-14 against a team that had lost its two previous games by a combined 89 points.

Black Friday?

1. Alonso: It was one of our fearless predictions that the Ravens would make the playoffs. Oops. We have a hard time seeing how the Ravens, now 0-2 in District 8A-6, can leap Bloomingdale or Newsome to get in the mix, with Wharton and Plant (both 2-0) left on the schedule.

2. Durant: The Cougars are all but eliminated after losing 11-10 to Strawberry Crest. At 0-2 with losses to the Chargers and Plant City (in overtime) by a combined three points, Durant is on the short end of any potential tiebreakers.

3. Berkeley Prep: The unluckiest team in Tampa Bay? The Bucs appeared on their way to beating Lakeland Christian before rain allowed the Vikings catch their breath and win the next day. On Friday, Berkeley appeared to be the victim of some five-course home cooking at Fort Meade, losing on the last play of the game 23-21. Unfortunately for the Bucs, both losses were district games.

Five stars of the night

1. Wharton RB Jeff Keil: He compiled 228 all-purpose yards (117 receiving, 111 rushing) and the winning touchdown in a 21-20 victory over Newsome.

2. PrymeTyme: We're sticking with our nickname for the Tampa Bay Tech Deons (Deion Sanders, Prime Time, work with us here) because of stuff like this against Steinbrenner: RB Deon Thompson had 184 yards and four touchdowns, and QB Deon Cain threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, his second 300-yard game in three weeks.

3. Hillsborough LB Luis Clough: His fumble recovery in the closing minute eliminated King's chance at a field goal and sealed a 28-27 victory.

4. East Bay DB/WR Anton Crutcher: One of the area's better defensive backs, Crutcher caught the first touchdown pass of his career in overtime to give the Indians a huge win over Plant City. It was only Crutcher's fourth catch ever.

5. Jesuit RB Kevin Newman: The swift back ran for three touchdowns, all in the second quarter, to make sure Jesuit's eventual 49-16 win over Spoto was sealed by halftime.

All's well that Carswell

Both Carswells provided big plays in Strawberry Crest's win over Durant. Austin, a junior quarterback, managed the offense and set up the winning field goal. Alex, a senior defensive end, had the game-sealing sack with six seconds remaining.

Final five words

Wow, how about those Indians!

To read more SMQ fodder, visit tampabay.com/hometeam.

Hillsborough Super 7

1. Armwood (5-0): We're guessing the Hawks spent their bye week munching on nails, playing in dirt and lifting weights.

2. Sickles (5-0): Falling behind winless Freedom 13-0 gave us momentary doubt, then Sickles erased that with the next 53 points.

3. Tampa Bay Tech (4-1): Deon Cain's career-high four TD passes (to go with 307 passing yards) was enough to survive an early scare from Steinbrenner in a 54-28 win. Next up: a juicy matchup against stingy Plant City.

4. Tampa Catholic (5-1): The Crusaders had a chance to bury Frostproof, but the Bulldogs did their best impersonation of a zombie in a 21-16 win.

5. Plant (4-1-1): The Panthers rebounded from their first loss with a 47-7 win over Riverview, as we expected. All eyes will be on next week's showdown with the undefeated Gryphons.

6. Jefferson (4-1): The Dragons had the perfect opponent on which to take out their first-loss frustration (49-0 over winless Leto). Looking at the rest of Jefferson's schedule, it could be a while before the offense slows down.

7. Plant City (4-1): Mistakes in their 19-13 loss to East Bay cost the Raiders their perfect record. But they have a chance to show they're still one of the best around next week against Tampa Bay Tech.

Audibles

"The kid wanted to make a play. I don't fault him for wanting to make a play, but he's just got to take care of the ball a little bit more." — Wayne Ward, Plant City coach, on QB Landon Galloway's fumble on the 2-yard line in overtime that allowed East Bay the chance for its winning TD.

"I'm going to be totally honest with you, I didn't get very down because we've done some crazy stuff all year that has not surprised me. That almost didn't surprise me." — Frank LaRosa, East Bay coach, on QB Chris Carpentier's potential winning TD pass getting intercepted by Plant City on the last play of regulation.

Blind side

Things we didn't see coming:

1. Plant City being held to just 196 yards. The Raiders, undefeated heading into the East Bay game, had been dynamic on offense all season, averaging 157 passing yards per game despite its first-year quarterback. Against the Indians, the Raiders had just 33.

2. King nearly toppling Hillsborough. The Lions showed their 4-1 start was no fluke, battling until the final minute in a 28-27 loss. Only a fourth-quarter TD pass from Dwayne Lawson, his two-point conversion run and an untimely fumble kept King from the upset.

3. Lennard giving Robinson a game. We thought the Knights would start enjoying the latter, easier part of a so-far grueling schedule. Instead, they won 22-14 against a team that had lost its two previous games by a combined 89 points.

Black Friday?

1. Alonso: It was one of our fearless predictions that the Ravens would make the playoffs. Oops. We have a hard time seeing how the Ravens, now 0-2 in District 8A-6, can leap Bloomingdale or Newsome to get in the mix, with Wharton and Plant (both 2-0) left on the schedule.

2. Durant: The Cougars are all but eliminated after losing 11-10 to Strawberry Crest. At 0-2 with losses to the Chargers and Plant City (in overtime) by a combined three points, Durant is on the short end of any potential tiebreakers.

3. Berkeley Prep: The unluckiest team in Tampa Bay? The Bucs appeared on their way to beating Lakeland Christian before rain allowed the Vikings catch their breath and win the next day. On Friday, Berkeley appeared to be the victim of some five-course home cooking at Fort Meade, losing on the last play of the game 23-21. Unfortunately for the Bucs, both losses were district games.

Five stars of the night

1. Wharton RB Jeff Keil: He compiled 228 all-purpose yards (117 receiving, 111 rushing) and the winning touchdown in a 21-20 victory over Newsome.

2. PrymeTyme: We're sticking with our nickname for the Tampa Bay Tech Deons (Deion Sanders, Prime Time, work with us here) because of stuff like this against Steinbrenner: RB Deon Thompson had 184 yards and four touchdowns, and QB Deon Cain threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, his second 300-yard game in three weeks.

3. Hillsborough LB Luis Clough: His fumble recovery in the closing minute eliminated King's chance at a field goal and sealed a 28-27 victory.

4. East Bay DB/WR Anton Crutcher: One of the area's better defensive backs, Crutcher caught the first touchdown pass of his career in overtime to give the Indians a huge win over Plant City. It was only Crutcher's fourth catch ever.

5. Jesuit RB Kevin Newman: The swift back ran for three touchdowns, all in the second quarter, to make sure Jesuit's eventual 49-16 win over Spoto was sealed by halftime.

All's well that Carswell

Both Carswells provided big plays in Strawberry Crest's win over Durant. Austin, a junior quarterback, managed the offense and set up the winning field goal. Alex, a senior defensive end, had the game-sealing sack with six seconds remaining.

Final five words

Wow, how about those Indians!

To read more SMQ fodder, visit tampabay.com/hometeam.

Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback 10/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 12, 2013 5:36pm]

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