BRANDON — Week 1 is in the books and we learned a few things. • First off, Armwood is good. Very good. Again. • Newsome, despite some sloppy play early, did a number on a tough Tampa Bay Tech team. • Brandon now has as many wins as it did in all of 2012. • And how about Bloomingdale quarterback Isaiah McIntyre? The sophomore flashed moments of brilliance in his freshman season but has a real chance to blossom under Bulls head coach John Booth. Week 2 has some tasty offerings for the eastern county teams, most notably Wharton at Plant City and Newsome at Gaither. All games are scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Wharton (1-0) at Plant City (1-0)
Last week: Wharton beat Spoto 38-0; Plant City defeated Steinbrenner 25-10.
Why you should go: Plant City's D was suffocating last week, giving up just 10 yards of total offense. Wharton rolls into town with a high-flying offense that puts up points in a hurry. Something is about to give.
Blake (0-1) at Armwood (1-0)
Last week: Brandon defeated Blake 17-6; Armwood beat Durant 44-6.
Why you should go: To see how the Hawks of the future will look. Armwood should have this wrapped up by halftime (at the latest), meaning plenty of playing time for the youngsters.
Bloomingdale (1-0) at Brandon (1-0)
Last week: Bloomingdale defeated Strawberry Crest 23-12; Brandon beat Blake 17-6.
Why you should go: McIntyre opened his sophomore campaign with a night to remember last week, accounting for 193 of the Bulls' 275 yards of offense. Brandon will hope to counter with an option attack led by the Jones gang — quarterback Brandon and running back Jonathan.
King (1-0) at Lennard (0-1)
Last week: King defeated Freedom 34-9; East Bay beat Lennard 22-3.
Why you should go: Lennard can expect a heavy dose of the running game tonight, spearheaded by the Lions' Greg Thompson (20 carries for 105 yards last week).
Newsome (1-0) at Gaither (1-0)
Last week: Newsome beat Tampa Bay Tech 23-12; Gaither defeated Chamberlain 28-0.
Why you should go: For the second week in a row, Newsome faces a stingy out-of-district opponent. The Wolves' D forced three turnovers last week but will have its hands full with Gaither QB and FIU commit Alex McGough.
Durant (0-1) at Sickles (1-0)
Last week: Durant lost to Armwood 44-6; Sickles beat Robinson 35-14.
Why you should go: The Cougars ran into a brawny Armwood team in Week 1. But Durant isn't the first team to get rolled by the Hawks and won't be the last. Expect a big bounce-back tonight against a good Sickles team.
East Bay (1-0) at Riverview (0-0)
Last week: East Bay beat Lennard 22-3; Riverview had a bye.
Why you should go: This is the game to go to if you are trying to catch a 9:30 p.m. movie ... both teams will run early and run often.
Master's Academy (1-0) vs. Seffner Christian (1-0) at Tampa Bay Tech
Last week: Master's Academy defeated Mount Dora Bible 55-39; Seffner Christian beat Cornerstone Academy 57-7.
Why you should go: Crusaders sophomore Dalton Kocsis was all over the field last week, recording eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
Spoto (0-1) at Strawberry Crest (0-1)
Last week: Spoto lost 38-0 to Wharton; Strawberry Crest lost to Bloomingdale 23-12.
Why you should go: Spoto had trouble containing Wharton QB Chase Litton last week. Tristan Hyde is no Litton, but the junior went 15-of-36 for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week and will provide headaches for the Spartans.
Brandon Wright can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.