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Pinellas: The Hot List, Week 15

You can read it, put your coffee on it to keep it warm, clip it out and use it to fry eggs on, but just don't touch it. It's hot! Every weekend, St. Petersburg Times columnist John C. Cotey brings you the Hot List, telling you what's trending in the world of high school sports.

1. Plant

2. Plant

3. Plant (Yep, here we go again)

4. Dade City football fans

They might not have a distinctive chant, but they were easy to spot in Wakulla on Friday night. Rural hometown football was alive and well last week. And I'm still not sure there's anything better, from the send-off through downtown Dade City to the line of Pirate faithful waiting to get into the game in Crawfordville — at 5:30 p.m.! Well done, folks.

5. Grant Van Field Goal

I'm so old, I remember back when the Plant football offense was sexy. But give the Panthers credit. They still show a little leg every now and then. And Friday night, it belonged to Grant Van Aman, who booted field goals of 42, 30, 45 and 47 yards to help send Plant to the title game for the fourth straight year.

6. Wakulla's Sheriff Office

If you think CSI: Miami is good, well, you don't know good. The Wakulla County boys in blue made sure there are two boys in orange as they worked swiftly, efficiently and effectively to recover items stolen from Pasco's locker room during its triple-overtime loss to the War Eagles. I'm still waiting on the five iPad 2s and three MacBook Airs I was storing in Trey Dudley-Giles' backpack. But otherwise, bravo.

7. Great Guy

Pretty sure that Jacob Guy, Pasco's record-setting quarterback who went over 40 touchdown passes on the season Friday night, is the most underappreciated, cool-under-pressure, productive, unassuming and polite kid I've ever covered.

8. The other RB

Last year, it was a last-second field goal. This year, it was Wade Edwards, who rushed for 235 yards in place of an injured Matt Jones to help send Armwood back to Orlando.

9. The WB

Wesley Bullock joined the 1,000-Yard club Friday night then joined the Run-For-100-Yards-In-Every-Playoff-Game club. That's a one-man club, by the way.

10. Janarion Grant

Is it too early to be excited about watching the Pasco standout play next year?

Have a performance or team you think should make the Hot List? Let John C. Cotey know at or follow him at @JohnnyHometeam on Twitter.

Pinellas: The Hot List, Week 15 12/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2011 8:08pm]
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