Sunday Morning Quarterback: Not the usual suspects

Quarterback  Jacoby Braxton led Zephyrhills Christian to one of the program's biggest wins, 20-6 over North Florida Christian. (Courtesy of Zephyrhills Christian)
Quarterback Jacoby Braxton led Zephyrhills Christian to one of the program's biggest wins, 20-6 over North Florida Christian. (Courtesy of Zephyrhills Christian)
Published September 2 2018

Week 2 wasn't a washout, and we'e starting to see some new contenders emerge.

Player of the Week

Jacoby Braxton, Zephyrhills Christian: The senior quarterback was efficient, completing 7-of-10 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 20-6 come-from-behind victory over Class 2A, No. 3-ranked Tallahassee North Florida Christian. The victory was Zephyrhills Christian's biggest in school history.

Coach of the Week

Max Warner, Bloomingdale: Since taking over the Bulls two years ago, Warner has made steady progress, going a combined 13-8 and making the playoffs last season. Now Warner has the Bulls poised for even bigger things. Bloomingdale is undefeated, beating Newsome and Chamberlain by a combined 74-0 the first two weeks. It is quite a reversal considering the Bulls were 0-2 at this point last season.

Team of the Week

St. Petersburg: For the second straight season, the Green Devils are 2-0 after beating Largo and Lakewood. Few thought St. Petersburg could start fast again, especially with the graduation of WR Jalynn Williams (Toledo) and DB Anthony Johnson (Iowa State). But the Green Devils keep winning by sticking to a powerful running game and relying on an opportunistic defense.

Record watch

• Earl Garcia remains two wins behind former Chamberlain coach Billy Turner for all-time winningest coach in Tampa Bay. Garcia has 252 wins at Boca Ciega, Gaither and Hillsborough. Turner has 254 overall wins. Hillsborough next plays at Blake on Sept. 14.

• Keswick Christian coach Phil Hayford, already Pinellas County's winningest coach, now has 199 career wins after the Crusaders defeated Cornerstone Charter 26-6. He can get 200 on Friday at Leesburg First Academy.

Don’t ignore these four

Games we're looking forward to this week:

Armwood (0-1) at Plant (2-0): Because of their bye, the Hawks had an extra week to prepare. Armwood needs it after losing to Tampa Bay Tech in the opening week. The Panthers are undefeated thanks in large part to an offense that is averaging 42 points per game. The home team has won each of the past four meetings.

Nature Coast (1-1) at Springstead (2-0): Teams with different running philosophies. Nature Coast is going to give the ball to Mike Weston. Try to stop him. Springstead is going to spread it around with Damian Giles, Nathan Sims, Toby Rahman and Adrian Cabrera. Try to stop them.

Clearwater Central Catholic (2-0) at Tampa Catholic (2-0): The Marauders won this game 25-0 last season. The Crusaders are off to a good start but haven't been tested yet. They have only given up six points and are coming off a 30-0 win over Tarpon Springs. CCC's offense has been sharp. Expect a much closer game this season.

Wiregrass Ranch (1-1) at Sunlake (1-1): The Bulls won a defensive slugfest last year, beating the Seahawks 14-9 to snap a two-game losing streak in the rivalry. The key matchup will be Wiregrass Ranch quarterback Grant Sessums going up against a stingy Sunlake defense.

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