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Sunday morning quarterback

Coasting in: Robinson running back Martin Ruiz scores a touchdown during a 31-10 victory over Jesuit.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Coasting in: Robinson running back Martin Ruiz scores a touchdown during a 31-10 victory over Jesuit.

Times' Super 7

1. Armwood (2-1): Hawks trounce TBT minus Alvin Bailey for a quarter and Caylon Holloway for the game.

2. Plant (2-1): Panthers bounce back from New Orleans debacle about how we thought they would.

3. Robinson (3-0): We were astounded at how much faster the Knights were than Jesuit.

4. Wharton (3-0): Not sure who's more popular these days, the Wildcats or their student section.

5. Durant (2-0): Idle Cougars seek first 3-0 start since 2003 next week at Brandon.

6. Hillsborough (2-0): Nigel Harris and Jeremiah Green may be newest local "Thunder & Lightning" incarnation.

7. Berkeley Prep (3-0): Buccaneers head south and thrash a 5A program. Impressive.

In the conversation: Bloomingdale (2-1), Gaither (2-1), Sickles (1-1), Strawberry Crest (2-1), Tampa Bay Tech (2-1), Tampa Catholic (3-0)

Audibles

"I know it's kind of hard to run the ball, but even if we're down 21 points you've got to stick with it. The lesson tonight is, we've got to get back to the ball-control offense." — James Harrell, Jesuit coach, whose team ran for 175 yards vs. Robinson but tried 25 passes (for 83 yards).

Record watch

1,378 Yards needed by Carrollwood Day senior Robert Davis to become Hillsborough County's all-time rushing king. Davis, who ran for 155 in a 49-0 romp of Northside Christian, must average 197 over his final eight games to break former Riverview star Avious Steadman's mark (5,320).

Unsung

(A few guys we should've appreciated more)

LG/DE Bruce Hector, Robinson: This USF commitment was in Jesuit QB Leland Saile's grill most of the night. He had at least one sack and appeared to have Saile down on another play, though officials ruled Saile got rid of the ball.

SS Keivonte Turk, Jefferson: On a night when little went right for the Dragons, Turk twice intercepted Plant's Aaron Banks in the shadow of the end zone.

K Lucas Jose, Bloomingdale. The 130-pound sophomore had 33- and 35-yard field goals in a 21-14 win against East Bay, and he had another 35-yarder negated by a penalty.

WR Derius Davis, Alonso. The junior, who injured his knee against Durant and didn't practice all week, caught a 40-yard TD in a 21-7 win against King.

Alonso offensive line. Ish Witter didn't manage all 196 of those yards on his own. A ton of support came from Cesar Perez, Don Shepherd, Christian Loubriel, Brandon Shorter, Gary Brown and Parker Sedwick.

Unprecedented

(Or something we haven't seen in a really long time)

Middleton's come-from-behind 17-12 victory against Lennard (thank you, Amp Carswell) ended a 12-game regular-season losing streak and marked second-year coach Alonzo Ashwood's first triumph. The Tigers' previous victory came in the 2010 finale against Blake.

By the numbers

5 INTs Robinson has returned for TDs in three games

9 Years since Jesuit began a season 1-2

32 The total number of penalties committed in the Jefferson-Plant game, 18 of them by the winning Panthers. Plant coach Robert Weiner was surprised about the flag tally: "I had no idea. This game actually felt like it had a little bit of flow."

63 Rushing yards for Armwood against Tampa Bay Tech. ATH Alvin Bailey was benched in the first quarter, and RB Caylon Holloway the whole game, for an undisclosed violation of team rules

175 Total penalty yards amassed by Armwood and Tampa Bay Tech, the bulk coming on seven unsportsmanlike-conduct flags

Three thoughts on next week

• Suddenly, Bloomingdale against Tampa Catholic seems like an interesting matchup. The Bulls have reeled off consecutive wins after dropping their opener to Chamberlain. The Crusaders are undefeated and virtually untested.

• Newsome has a chance for its first victory after a brutal three-game stretch of Tampa Bay Tech, Jefferson and Hillsborough. Does anyone care that they're possibly the best winless team in the area? The Wolves go to Gibsonton to face East Bay, which has notched its only win over Lennard.

• With Spoto RB Eric Moate (foot) out, Middleton is staring at 2-2. The Tigers host the Spartans this week.

Sunday morning quarterback 09/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 9:08pm]
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