The playoff picture is becoming clear. This much we know: Countryside (Class 5A, District 8), Gibbs (5A-9) and Largo (4A-10) have clinched district titles. And Admiral Farragut is runnerup in Class B-5. Everything else shakes out this week. The Week 9 recap:
1. Largo (7-1): The Packers keep cruising, pouring it on in the fourth quarter against Sarasota.
2. Countryside (8-1): The Cougars clinch the district title and play the Packers this week to close out the regular season.
3. St. Petersburg (7-1): The Green Devils thump neighboring rival Northeast to keep their playoff hopes alive.
4. Lakewood (6-2): The Spartans rout Blake in a tune-up for the big showdown with Spoto this week.
5. Tarpon Springs (7-2): The Spongers' win first district title since 2005.
6. Gibbs (5-3): The Gladiators have won five straight games and secure the first district title in school history.
7. East Lake (5-3): The Eagles drop hard-fought game against Countryside but still are in the hunt for a postseason berth.
|RB Darius Daniels, Tarpon Springs||In an offense that had 400 yards rushing, he stood out with 141 on the ground and three scores.|
|QB Jermiel Douse, Lakewood||He threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 89 yards and ran back a kickoff for another score.|
|RB D.J. Key, Largo||His hard running (153 rushing, two scores) kept the Packers in the game.|
|QB Nick Newton, Clearwater Central Catholic||Threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns.|
|RB Alton Taylor, Countryside||Ran for 108 yards and a touchdown and threw a 60-yard TD pass.|
|RB Jamaal Wilburn, East Lake||In a losing effort, ran for 232 yards and three touchdowns.|
|RB Malik Wilson, St. Petersburg||Ran for 142 yards and two scores.|
Offensive player of the week
QB Josh Rembert, Gibbs: In the Gladiators' district title-clinching win, Rembert threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns. And he did it in three quarters after sitting the first.
Defensive player of the week
LB Kostas Vavlas, Tarpon Springs: This Sponger has a knack for making plays, and he made his biggest one of the season against Hudson, intercepting a Zack Wynn pass at the 4-yard line to preserve a lead early in the third quarter.