What we learned
1. This week's schedule was a dog
As a whole, we probably could have seen more competitive games Saturday at Skyway Park, home of the Tampa Bay Youth Football League. Take away Plant City's win over Durant and Alonso's win over Sickles, and there weren't many games that were either close or, for that matter, important. 2. Plant City was clutch this week
Under first-year coach Wayne Ward, a Plant City alum, the Raiders put themselves in a good spot for the playoffs with a 27-21 win over Durant. Just like last season, Plant City, on a bye this week, can sit back and watch Durant play for its playoff life against district leader Newsome.
3. Another week, another record
Jefferson QB Quentin Williams broke his second county passing record in as many weeks. After passing Stephen Garcia's career yardage mark last week, Williams broke Aaron Murray's career touchdown passes mark (84) with his second of five in a 61-0 rout of Dixie Hollins.
4. Tampa Catholic is back from the dead
Remember that team that no longer had all the Division I recruits and started the season 0-4? Well, after a 37-14 victory over winless Mulberry and Lake Highland Prep's 17-13 win over Avon Park, the Crusaders can clinch the 2B-5 runnerup spot and a playoff berth with a victory at Avon Park next week.
Hillsborough (5-3, 1-1) at King (7-2, 1-1)
This will be the biggest game on 56th and Sligh in several years. The Lions can seal their first playoff berth since 2001 with a win, but the Terriers have won five of their last six and have missed the postseason just once in the past 12 years.
Newsome (6-3, 3-0) at Durant (5-3, 2-1)
Plant City's win over the Cougars has created a logjam in Class 5A-6, but a Newsome win would seal the district title and end Durant's postseason dreams. A Cougars victory would create a three-team tie for first and one of those lovely Monday tiebreakers.
Spoto (6-3, 3-1) at Lakewood (4-4, 2-2)
This game looked a lot more appealing before this past Friday, when Lakewood was upset 31-28 by district foe Blake. But in the battle of the Spartans, Spoto can officially seal a playoff berth with a win.
Alonso (3-5, 1-1) at Gaither (2-7, 0-2)
The records aren't impressive, but both of these teams have played tough schedules. Alonso locks up the Class 5A-5 runnerup spot with a win. A Gaither win, coupled with loss by Chamberlain to district leader Plant, would create a three-way tie at 1-2. By the numbers: Zero edition
0 Points Armwood has given up in the first half this season, outscoring opponents 202-0 before the half. The Hawks led 42-0 at the half vs. Gaither in a 49-7 win.
0 Points scored by Riverview in the past five games. The Sharks lost to Newsome 56-0 this week.
0 Interceptions Jefferson QB Quentin Williams has thrown in the past seven games. This season, Williams has 35 touchdown passes and one interception, which he threw in the season opener against Hillsborough.
"It feels great. It's an emotional time for me right now because, being here for so many years, the opportunity to go to the playoffs in my first year (as head coach) is an awesome feeling; not just for me, but for the entire team and the entire program."
Wayne Ward, Plant City coach, after his team's 27-21 win over Durant, keeping the Raiders in the playoff hunt
|RB Miles Bennett, Jesuit||The grandson of former Middleton coaching legend Abe Brown dashed the Tigers' postseason hopes with 16 rushes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-6 win over Middleton.|
|QB Josh Grady, Armwood||The Hawks senior accounted for four touchdowns, passes of 15, 87 and 56 yards, and a 5-yard run, in Armwood's 49-7 win over Gaither.|
|RB Dazmond Patterson, Plant City||The junior accounted for 217 total offensive yards (147 rushing , 70 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in Plant City's important 27-21 district win over Durant.|
|RB/DB Shaquille Speights, Jefferson||The Dragons scored often in their 61-0 rout of Dixie Hollins, but Speights scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter, then ended the scoring with a 10-yard punt block return for a touchdown in the third quarter.|
|RB Robert Davis, CDS||He ran for 212 yards on just 14 carries and scored on runs of 20, 23 and 30 yards, and added a 38-yard touchdown reception, in the Patriots' 53-13 win over Bishop McLaughlin.|
|WR Ruben Gonzalez, Robinson||The senior caught five passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the Knights' 45-7 win over Steinbrenner.|
|QB/FS/KR Tanner Richardson, Seffner Chr.||The do-it-all junior scored four touchdowns — two rushing, one passing and one by kickoff return — in Seffner's 42-6 win over Cedar Creek Christian, the second win in program history.|