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Jesuit hopes to continue winning ways against CCC

Jesuit (1-1) at Clearwater Central Catholic (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Last week: Jesuit defeated Lakewood Ranch 31-7; CCC lost to Tampa Catholic 13-10 (OT).

Why you should go: To see if the Tigers can pull off what rival Tampa Catholic did: score what has to be considered a pretty big upset of the Mauraders. A win would signal a remarkable turnaround for the Tigers after they lost their opener 28-10 at Hardee. Jesuit's Vincent Testaverde had a much-needed solid performance against Lakewood Ranch with two touchdowns.

(And for the few who may have the question, yes, not only is Vincent Testaverde the son of the former Buccaneers' quarterback, but Vinny is also coaching with Jesuit.)

The Jesuit defense will have to come to play like it did last week, holding down an opponent that had scored 55 points in its previous game. Jesuit actually didn't give up any "real" points, as the Mustangs' only score came when they botched a punt, but the alert kicker made something out of it and turned the play into a long touchdown pass.

Bishop McLaughlin (1-1) at Cambridge (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Skyway Park, George Road, Tampa

Last week: Bishop McLaughlin lost to Northside Christian 47-0; Cambridge lost to Bradenton Christian 30-7.

Why you should go: Let's see if Cambridge can turn around its early-season struggles and start to inch toward equaling its last-season win total of six. For that to happen, the Lancers have to start playing better defense. Cambridge allowed four rushing touchdowns in its 23-point loss. Meanwhile, the team will need more plays from junior quarterback Garrett Young, who tossed a 73-yard touchdown pass to Nick Stein last week. In Bishop McLaughlin, Cambridge faces a squad that gave up 354 yards rushing last week as former Buc Mike Alstott's Northside Christian team earned him his first high school coaching victory. The Hurricanes have allowed 68 points this season, Cambridge 80. Rule of thumb: The team that plays better defense will win this ball game.

Darek Sharp and Rod Gipson, Times correspondents

Jesuit hopes to continue winning ways against CCC 09/11/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:03pm]
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