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Plant, Jefferson look to turn things around Friday night

Here is a capsule look at Friday's prep football games involving schools in the City Times region. All start times are 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Catholic (4-1, 1-0 in District 3A-4) at Frostproof (4-1, 1-0)

Last week: Tampa Catholic defeated Cardinal Mooney 43-0; Frostproof lost to Hardee 14-12.

Why you should go: This is another critical district clash for the Crusaders, who don't have many gimmies in their 3A-4 schedule. The Bulldogs suffered their first defeat last week when its comeback fell just short in a 14-12 loss at Hardee. Outside of that, Frostproof was averaging a 49-5 margin.

Jesuit (2-3, 0-0 in 5A-9) at Spoto (0-5, 0-0)

Last week: Jesuit defeated Newsome 28-21; Spoto lost to Alonso 56-14.

Why you should go: After his team's big rally past Newsome last week, Jesuit head coach Matt Thompson was already looking forward to what he calls the "money game," and no wonder. When only two of the 10 Fridays on your schedule actually count toward playoff qualification, they're important. Spoto is better than its record shows, but still shouldn't provide much difficulty.

Plant (3-1, 1-0 in District 8A-6) at Riverview (2-2, 0-1)

Last week: Plant lost to Tampa Bay Tech 14-7; Riverview defeated Middleton 10-6.

Why you should go: The Panthers should be a good and angry, and perhaps a little bit humble (which can't hurt) bunch. Plant coughed it up way too often last week but needs to right itself to stay on good district footing. Of the six teams in 8A-6, four have winning records and the other two are sitting at .500. One is Riverview, the other is Bloomingdale — a team that put up 40 on the Panthers.

Hillsborough (2-2, 2-2 in 6A-8) at King (4-1, 2-1)

Last week: Hillsborough defeated Lennard 49-0; King defeated Blake 37-7

Why you should go: King had a much-needed solid overall performance last week, and the Lions have players who can hang with the Terriers. Hillsborough is developing into one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the county.

Blake (2-3, 2-2 in 6A-8) at Chamberlain (3-2, 3-0)

Last week: Blake lost to King 37-7; Chamberlain lost to Brandon 14-6.

Why you should go: To see which Chiefs team is the real one. Fortunately, last week was a non-district occasion, but it was a bona fide dud. Chamberlain was shut down by a Brandon defense that had been rather average. That said, a win this week puts the Chiefs at 4-0 in district play before things get a smidge more difficult, with games against Hillsborough, Robinson, Jefferson and Armwood.

Robinson (1-4, 1-2 in 6A-8) at Lennard (0-5, 0-4)

Last week: Robinson defeated Leto 69-0; Lennard lost to Hillsborough 49-0.

Why you should go: The "feel-good" portion of the Knights schedule continues. In four minutes last week, the Knights scored four touchdowns. And while we don't expect that to continue, another blowout is expected.

Jefferson (3-1, 2-1 in 6A-8) at Leto (0-4, 0-4)

Last week: Jefferson lost to Armwood 28-9; Leto lost to Robinson 69-0.

Why you should go: To see the Dragons get out any lingering disappointment from last week. Leto has been outscored 217-9. The Dragons being held to just one touchdown by Armwood is nothing to be ashamed of. Jefferson still in great position for a playoff spot.

Tampa Bay Tech (3-1, 1-0 in 7A-7) at Steinbrenner (1-3, 0-1)

Last week: TBT defeated Plant 14-7; Steinbrenner was idle.

Why you should go: The Titans mean business and could have something special going this year. That's pretty apparent after the a win against Plant, which was not a fluke, just a good run game spearheaded by Deon Thompson and a defense that kept QB Colby Brown in check. The Warriors have struggled offensively for much of the season, so this could be a running-clock scenario.

Middleton (0-4) at Brandon (2-3)

Last week: Middleton lost to Riverview 10-6; Brandon defeated Chamberlain 14-6.

Why you should go: This could be the week the Tigers get into the win column. Sure, the record looks bad, but the average score in Middleton's games is a very respectable 19-13.

Plant, Jefferson look to turn things around Friday night 10/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 5:26pm]
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