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John C. Cotey's High School Hot List

You can read it, put your coffee on it to keep it warm, clip it out and use it to fry eggs on, but just don't touch it. It's hot! Every weekend, St. Petersburg Times columnist John C. Cotey brings you the Hot List, telling you what's trending in the world of high school sports.

1. #First?

Can Admiral Farragut become the first football team in Pinellas County history to win a state title? If Friday's 42-16 domination of Belle Glade Glades Day, which had averaged 53 points in its last six wins over Pinellas County opposition and beat the Blue Jackets 72-7 in their last meeting in 2001, doesn't convince you, nothing will.

2. #McWho?

McHugh, that's who. Pasco coach Tom McHugh has had to listen to people criticize his football team, the players and the schedule all season, and last week it was suggested he would be outcoached by Jesuit. And yet, the coaches still working in next week's state semifinals are named Robert Weiner, Sean Callahan and … Tom McHugh.

3. #MillerTime

Speaking of coaches, I've been saying Palm Harbor University's Matt LePain makes a heck of a case for coach of the year, but Friday, with his team's dismantling of a seven-time state champ, Admiral Farragut's Chris Miller made a better case.

4. #3GE

Pasco's Trey Dudley-Giles, Janarion Grant, Jacob Guy and David Emmanuel are the best, most consistent, most underrated group of playmakers I've ever seen on one team.

5. #TheApocalypse

Do you know how close we came to having zero Hillsborough County football teams alive today, but two from Pinellas and one from Pasco? I actually had to swat away a few locusts before Plant and Armwood turned things around.

6. #AlvinBailey

Again, the quarterback saves the day for Armwood.

7. #EastLake

Written off. Disparaged. Given no chance. And you know the rest of the story. (Pssst … most everyone is back next year).

8. #AGuy'sGuy

Yeah, Pasco's Jacob Guy makes the list twice, because that's what happens when you complete 17 of 18 passes against a state quarterfinal team that usually doesn't let you do that.

9. #RoadTrip!

Armwood and Plant host. AFA heads to Orlando. Pasco's reward: Wakulla County. WooHoocoughcoughcough.

10. #DominickCiao

The Berkeley Prep coach may have had his best shot to win a state title this season, but he proved by hanging with bigger, stronger Delray Beach American Heritage that he's still the master.

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John C. Cotey's High School Hot List 12/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 3, 2011 6:21pm]
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