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Pinellas football picks

Friday's matchups

All games at 7:30 unless noted

Jefferson (3-1, 1-0) at Lakewood (4-1, 1-0): This is a big district showdown with the winner holding a clear advantage in grabbing a playoff spot. The Spartans defense gets another tough test against a Dragons offense that has scored a combined 91 points in the past two games.

Bryan Burns' pick: Lakewood

Keith Niebuhr's pick: Lakewood

Bob Putnam's pick: Jefferson

Boca Ciega (2-2, 1-0) at Sickles (4-1, 1-0): The Pirates, who have won two straight, will all but be assured of a postseason berth with a win over the Gryphons. The key for Boca Ciega will be stopping Sickles' ground game.

Burns: Bogie

Niebuhr: Sickles

Putnam: Sickles

St. Petersburg (5-0, 1-0) at Gibbs (2-3, 0-0): The Green Devils have been rolling along through the first half of the season. But they could be tested against the Gladiators, who have scored 30 or more points in three straight games.

Burns: St. Petersburg

Niebuhr: St. Petersburg

Putnam: St. Petersburg

Countryside (4-1, 1-0) at Clearwater (4-1, 0-1): The Cougars try to bounce back after a tough loss to Lakewood. Countryside coach John Davis gets the perfect opponent, considering he has never lost to the Tornadoes.

Burns: Countryside

Niebuhr: Countryside

Putnam: Countryside

East Lake (3-2, 1-0) at Palm Harbor University (2-3, 0-0): A matchup of teams headed in opposite directions. The Eagles have won three straight while the Hurricanes have lost two in a row.

Burns: East Lake

Niebuhr: East Lake

Putnam: East Lake

Leto (1-3, 0-1) at Largo (4-1, 1-0): After two hard games, the Packers get a break against the Falcons, who have struggled against athletic teams.

Burns: Largo

Niebuhr: Largo

Putnam: Largo

Clearwater Central Catholic (2-2, 0-1) at Indian Rocks Christian (4-1, 0-1): The Golden Eagles have been looking forward to this game to see how they stack up against one of the elite private school programs in the county.

Burns: IRC

Niebuhr: CCC

Putnam: CCC

Northeast (2-2, 0-1) at Seminole (1-4, 0-1): The Vikings can climb back into playoff contention with a win over the Warhawks, who have lost three straight.

Burns: Northeast

Niebuhr: Northeast

Putnam: Northeast

Ridgewood (1-3, 0-1) at Tarpon Springs (4-1, 1-0): This game would have been a great one …two years ago. It won't be much of a contest tonight.

Burns: Tarpon

Niebuhr: Tarpon

Putnam: Tarpon

Canterbury (3-1) at Shorecrest (1-3): The Crusaders' great start could get even better with a win over a traditional small-school power.

Burns: Canterbury

Niebuhr: Canterbury

Putnam: Canterbury

Solid Rock Christian (0-1) at Northside Christian (3-2): The Mustangs schedule a team that is playing an abbreviated four-game schedule. Should be easy.

Burns: Northside

Niebuhr: Northside

Putnam: Northside

Blake (0-4, 0-1) at Osceola (0-5, 0-1): The Warriors showed some spunk in a close loss to Northeast last week and could have a chance against the winless Yellow Jackets.

Burns: Osceola

Niebuhr: Blake

Putnam: Osceola

Sarasota Riverview (3-1, 0-1) at Dunedin (0-5, 0-1): The bye week can't come soon enough for the beatup Falcons, who face another worthy opponent.

Burns: Sarasota Riverview

Niebuhr: Sarasota Riverview

Putnam: Sarasota Riverview

Dixie Hollins (0-5, 0-1) at Spoto (5-0, 1-0): The big story line is whether Spoto can post its fifth shutout of the season. It should happen.

Burns: Spoto

Niebuhr: Spoto

Putnam: Spoto

St. Petersburg Catholic (4-1, 2-0) at Steinbrenner (1-1,1-1): The Barons get another first-year program as a tuneup to a big showdown with Robinson next week.

Burns: SPC

Niebuhr: SPC

Putnam: SPC

Calvary Christian (1-3, 1-1) at Lakeland Victory Christian (4-1, 1-0): One week after getting their first win, the Warriors come back to earth.

Burns: Victory

Niebuhr: Calvary

Putnam: Victory

Admiral Farragut (2-1, 2-0) at Lake Wales Vanguard (2-3, 0-1): After playing three county private schools, the Blue Jackets travel to face their toughest opponent.

Burns: Farragut

Niebuhr: Farragut

Putnam: Vanguard

Pinellas football picks 10/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 11:18am]

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