Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hometeam

Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Bloomingdale 22

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech and Bloomingdale combined for 955 yards of offense, but it was two plays by the Titans’ defense in the fourth quarter that nailed down a 42-22 victory Friday night in a Class 7A, Region 3 quarterfinal game.

Tampa Bay Tech (10-1), the No. 2 seed that won its 10th consecutive contest, got a breakout game from junior running back Treshaun Ward, who carried the ball 29 times for 217 yards and four touchdowns (11, 3, 1, 80 yards), both career highs.

Bloomingdale (7-4), the No. 7-ranked team that lost to Tampa Bay Tech 49-21 on Oct. 13, had the Titans on the ropes with 8 minutes left in the game. Trailing 28-22 and driving toward the potential lead, the Bulls had first and 10 at the Tampa Bay Tech 27-yard line. Bloomingdale quarterback Tyler Hunter (17-of-34, 287 yards, two touchdowns) heaved a pass toward a receiver in the left corner of the end zone, but Jeremiah Brown intercepted the ball.

Eleven seconds later on the ensuing play, Ward scored on a 80-yard burst to break the Bulls’ back. On Bloomingdale’s next possession, Darren Turner intercepted another Hunter pass in Titans territory, setting up an 18-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (7-of-18, 210 yards, one score), a Tennessee commit.

"Jeremiah Brown came up with a huge interception," Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts said. "We had two really turning-point turnovers, (the one by Brown), and right after we scored, Turner came up with his fifth interception of the year. That pretty much sealed it and put it away.

"I couldn’t be more proud of these kids. I told them going into this playoff football, don’t expect for it to be running clocks. … Don’t be expecting us to be a lopsided, one-sided win.

"Bloomingdale is a heck of a team. Coach (Max) Warner is doing a great job with that program."’

Ward was the force behind Tampa Bay Tech’s 353-yard rushing attack.

"It was a hard, physical game at first," Ward said. "Then we got through it and had to play hard. My offensive line played good and made the holes for me."

Comments
No load too much to bear for close-knit East Bay players

No load too much to bear for close-knit East Bay players

GIBSONTON — The folks in East Bay's football program — from the coaches to the players to the faculty and the parents — are about as tight as a group can be.It's been that way for a long time, dating to the years under former head c...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Volleyball: PHU continues mastery of St. Petersburg with 3-0 win

ST. PETERSBURG — The much anticipated showdown between Class 8A, District 10 rivals Palm Harbor University and St. Petersburg ended up being a 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 sweep for the Hurricanes. It was the first loss of the season for the Green Devil...
Updated: 11 hours ago
HomeTeam 15: Volleyball power rankings, Week 5

HomeTeam 15: Volleyball power rankings, Week 5

A look at this week's top teams in Tampa Bay:Elite status1. Plant (12-0)Up next: Thursday at GaitherLast week's spot: No. 1Why they stayed put: If the Panthers thought they might be Class 8A state championship contenders, that was confirmed last week...
Published: 09/18/18
Marreese Speights’ nephew inherits his height, but puts it to use on the gridiron

Marreese Speights’ nephew inherits his height, but puts it to use on the gridiron

ST. PETERSBURG – Percy Speights is ready to battle. With knees slightly bent and elbows instinctively deployed, the 6-foot-4 sophomore stakes out his spot, pushing and pressing until his opponent is no longer a factor.It is hard labor for the d...
Published: 09/18/18
Road warriors truly define Palm Harbor University volleyball players

Road warriors truly define Palm Harbor University volleyball players

PALM HARBOR — The microphone was put away for the day, so Palm Harbor University volleyball coach Dexter Rogers had to shout. Luckily, the intimate crowd at Carwise Middle School was easily within earshot.It was senior night, and the Hurricanes...
Published: 09/18/18
HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Rent Montie and Camryn Vogler

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Rent Montie and Camryn Vogler

Our players of the week for the period spanning Sept. 8-14.Rent Montie, ClearwaterMontie is a football junkie. The Clearwater quarterback even has a whiteboard in his room that he uses to diagram plays in his spare time."I eat, sleep and breathe foot...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18

High school scoreboard for Monday, September 17

Monday’s scoreboardBoys swimmingShorecrest 139, St. Petersburg Cath. 29Clearwater Central Cath. 103, Shorecrest 79Clearwater Central Cath. 122, St. Petersburg Cath. 28Lakewood 110, Boca Ciega 64Largo 115, Dunedin 56Girls swimmingShorecrest 137, St. P...
Published: 09/17/18
HomeTeam 15: Football power rankings, Week 5

HomeTeam 15: Football power rankings, Week 5

There were some tight games that included last-minute comebacks, but the results were largely expected this past week. That was a break from the upsets during the first three weeks that caused plenty of shifting in the rankings.Elite status1. Tampa B...
Published: 09/17/18
Sunday Morning Quarterback: It’s like Butter

Sunday Morning Quarterback: It’s like Butter

Some of the highlights from Week 4:Team of the WeekPinellas Park: The Patriots were not tested in their first three games. They outscored opponents 150-0 and all three games were essentially over by halftime. None of that mattered Friday night. Pinel...
Published: 09/16/18
Growing pains and more tests await young Berkeley Prep volleyball squad

Growing pains and more tests await young Berkeley Prep volleyball squad

TAMPA — Once again, the volleyball talent is there at Berkeley Prep — no doubt about that.It’s just that the talent is young and inexperienced and busy learning the advanced systems run by coach Mackenzie Tichenor."But we will get there," said Tichen...
Published: 09/15/18