CARROLLWOOD — Last week was about district championships and securing playoff spots.
This week is mostly about rest.
Officially, tonight is the final week of the regular football season, but the majority of the North of Tampa-area teams have wrapped up play. Only two area squads take to the field this evening.
A total of five area teams are headed to the postseason.
Jefferson (5-4), which plays at Middleton tonight, has secured the runner-up spot in Class 4A, District 10. Meanwhile, Wharton (8-2) and Chamberlain (9-1) are district champions and will be at home to open the Class 5A playoffs. Gaither (4-6) and Alonso (7-3) are the runners up in 5A-5 and 5A-6, respectively. The playoffs begin Nov. 21.
Sickles (3-7) and Leto (3-7) also have finished their seasons.
In addition to Jefferson, Freedom also will wrap up its regular season tonight. The Patriots, coming off a nice 30-21 win at East Bay, travel to Plant City to complete their schedule.
All kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson (5-4) at Middleton (2-7)
Last Week: Jefferson lost to Plant, 30-7; Middleton lost to Armwood, 48-3.
Last Year: Middleton defeated Jefferson, 21-19.
The Skinny: Jefferson is playoff bound and would like nothing more than to get out of this game healthy, albeit with a win that pushes it above .500. In its past three wins, the potent Jefferson offense scored more than 50 points twice and topped 40 in the other game. Middleton, once expected to be a mover in Class 4A, District 11 this season, ends a disappointing campaign.
The Edge: Middleton's defense just won't be able to keep up with the Dragons' attack. Jefferson wins big.
Freedom (3-6) at Plant City (3-6)
Last Week: Freedom beat East Bay, 30-21; Plant City lost to Brandon, 38-20.
Last Year: Plant City defeated Freedom, 34-33.
The Skinny: The Patriots have had a tough season and are better then their record. Three of Freedom's six losses have come by a total of seven points. Freedom quarterback Josh Grady has played well during the second half of the year, guiding his squad to wins in two of its last three games.
Plant City, 3-3 at one point, has lost three straight contests.
The Edge: Freedom has played a tough schedule this season, and it's starting to show. The improved Patriots will finish with a win at Plant City.