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1. Armwood defense

Yeah, we knew it was going to be good. But this good? Seriously? Really? In three games against Armwood, Plant's Aaron Murray has zero touchdown passes. In 10 games against everyone else, he has 51. Just saying.

2. We're No. 2!

I always felt that Chamberlain was Tampa Bay's second-best team. Now, I'm convinced.

3. Freeeeeeedom!!!

Remember at the end of Braveheart, when the Royal Magistrate tells the crowd that the prisoner would like to say a word, and William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson, left), with his last breath, yells Freeeeeeeeedom!? I heard that when Freedom coach Marquel Blackwell woke up Saturday morning after his team's stunning upset of Wharton, he did the exact same thing. He just didn't have his head lopped off afterward.

4. Dandy debuts

Hernando's John Palmer, Spoto's Dale Caparaso and King's Al Davis all picked up wins in their first game coaching their new schools. Bravo.

5. What a difference … so far

Last year Sunlake, Seminole, King, Freedom and Hernando combined for six wins. Six! This year, they already have five.

6. Armwood defense

Again. Man, oh, Man-Man. As if having Ryne Giddins back on the defensive line wasn't enough, the Hawks added Theodore "Man-Man" Jackson, who had a sack for a safety and was just as good as coach Sean Callahan had advertised.

7. Eli Escobar

Sunlake's senior running back scored twice, and the Seahawks won for the first time after an 0-10 season last year.

8. That wasn't supposed to happen

Seminole beat Clearwater. Pasco beat Land O'Lakes. St. Petersburg beat Northeast. Freedom beat Wharton.

9. Top combination

With apologies to Armwood, Alonso may have played the most complete game Friday. QB C.J. Bennett was 28-for-43 for 253 yards and three touchdowns, while the Ravens defense held Robinson to 23 yards.

10. Last word

I'm not sure I want to put all the blame for Friday's dud between Armwood and Plant at ESPNU's feet, but I hope the exposure for the players was worth it for the kids and fans who had to endure a drawn-out contest. Excruciatingly long timeouts — there had to be at least a half-dozen times the teams were standing around the line of scrimmage waiting for the ESPNU okay to continue — killed the game's flow and I think led to a number of delay-of-game and false-start penalties. Not sure if this came across during the broadcast, but even though I TiVo'd it, I don't plan to find out.

John C. Cotey can be reached at

The List 09/06/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 8:06am]
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