It's almost midway through the prep football regular season and one theme has emerged: outstanding quarterback play from North of Tampa area teams. From Cambridge Christian to Wharton to Sickles, quality signal-callers can be found.
Lancers quarterback Garrett Young was a record-setter last week, becoming the school's career passing leader (2,078 yards) and tying for career touchdown passes (25). Young had four TD passes last week in a 49-0 win.
Meanwhile, Carrollwood Day's Taylor King (792 yards, six TDs), Alonso's Chris Oladokun (eight TD passes this season), Gaither's Alex McGough (two TDs this season), Wharton's Chase Litton (285 yards passing and two scores last week) and unbeaten Sickles' Isaac Holder (three TDs in win against Steinbrenner) have all been outstanding.
"Our offensive performance has been just great," Litton said after going 23 of 36 in his team's 41-14 win against Riverview. "When we're playing like this, our offense can be as good as anyone out there. I feel like we have the best receivers in the county and as long as we keep this up, we should be fine."
Litton and the Wildcats host East Bay tonight. Carrollwood Day, Cambridge and Alonso also have home contests, while Chamberlain, Gaither and Berkeley Prep are on the road.
All kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. unless noted.
Admiral Farragut (1-2) at Carrollwood Day School (2-2), 4 p.m.
Last week: Admiral Farragut lost to St. Petersburg Catholic 35-10; CDS defeated Calvary Christian 60-39.
Why you should go: To see which CDS squad will show up. In its two wins, CDS has scored 109 points; but in its two losses, just six points. This week, the CDS defense will have to corral bruising Farragut running back Cortavious Givens.
(Winter Haven) All Saints Academy (1-2) at Cambridge Christian (2-2)
Last week: Cambridge defeated Keswick Christian 49-0; All Saints Academy defeated Citrus Park Christian 61-6.
Why you should go: Cambridge's offense is back on track. Behind record-setter Garrett Young, the Lancers' offense has put up 48- and 49-point performances in the last two games.
Berkeley Prep (2-1) at Springstead (3-1)
Last week: Berkeley Prep lost to Lakeland Christian 27-24 (2OT); Springstead defeated Sunlake 14-13.
Why you should go: To see how Class 3A Berkeley matches up against a Class 6A opponent. The Bucs are coming off a tough double overtime loss and jump into the teeth of its schedule against Springstead and then district contenders Tampa Catholic and Fort Meade.
Freedom (1-3) at Strawberry Crest (2-2)
Last week: Freedom lost to Gaither 17-0; Strawberry Crest defeated Brandon 46-0.
Why you should go: To see if Freedom's offense will show up. The Patriots' offense has been absent the past two weeks, tallying just six points. Strawberry Crest QB Austin Carswell threw for four TDs in his first start last week.
East Bay (3-1) at Wharton (3-1)
Last week: Wharton defeated Riverview 41-14; East Bay defeated Spoto 14-6.
Why you should go: To see a Wharton offense that's clicking right now. QB Chase Litton's top targets Auden Tate and Austin Tolley caught a combined 16 passes last week for 212 yards and two scores. East Bay, meanwhile, will counter with a true running game by committee, using as many as five running backs in a game.
Spoto (0-4) at Alonso (2-2)
Last week: Spoto lost to East Bay 14-6; Alonso lost to Newsome 38-26.
Why you should go: Because the Swiss-cheese Spoto defense may be tailor-made for Alonso sophomore QB Chris Oladokun, who tossed four TDs last week in the loss to Newsome. And he can still turn around and hand off to standout RB Ish Witter whenever he wants.
Chamberlain (3-1) at Brandon (1-3)
Last week: Chamberlain defeated King 14-0; Brandon lost to Strawberry Crest 46-0.
Why you should go: The Chiefs have a shot at a 4-1 record heading into the season's midpoint. First-year coach Cam Jones' blend of a tough ground attack with Dakarai Highsmith and Daishaun Roberts and solid defense has yielded early results. Brandon, meanwhile, has lost three straight since winning its opener, twice being shut out.
Gaither (2-2) at Durant (0-4)
Last week: Gaither defeated Freedom 17-0; Durant lost to Plant City 14-13.
Why you should go: Because Gaither is probably better than 2-2 and Durant is definitely better than 0-4. The Cowboys are optimistic they are rounding into form at the right time. Durant has faced four good squads to start the season in Armwood, Sickles, Tampa Bay Tech and Plant City.
Leto (0-3) at Robinson (0-4)
Last week: Leto lost to Hillsborough 51-3; Robinson lost to Armwood 27-0.
Why you should go: Leto scored more points than Robinson did last week. That won't happen tonight. Leto's tough road will get tougher with another lopsided loss.