1. Donnie Abraham
"His Gladiators looked awful in Week 1, but Abraham is showing his coaching mettle as Gibbs may be the most improved team in Tampa Bay since that first game." I wrote that three weeks ago. That would make me really smart, since Gibbs stunned unbeaten St. Petersburg 41-13 Friday. Thanks, Donnie!
2. Edwin McKinney
Geez, this is like a rerun. I wouldn't have mentioned the Osceola running back last week (three touchdowns) if I had known he was going to run for 384 yards and four touchdowns this week against Blake.
3. Sickles football
Do or die. The Gryphons did, beating district foe Boca Ciega 31-28 in overtime.
4. The flu
Show me a team that hasn't been touched by the flu's heavy hand, and I'll show you a piece of paper that has the word "Liar" written on it, and I will turn that paper toward your face. So don't try it.
5. Juwan Brown
True story: First week of the season a coach at Largo raves about Brown, a freshman quarterback, for 10 minutes. He convinces me to come watch him play on the junior varsity. He's that good, the coach says. Friday, Brown makes his varsity debut, starting the second half against Leto and running for two touchdowns. (We both score: I don't have to go watch a jayvee game now).
6. Wharton football
The Wildcats (2-4, 1-0 Class 5A-7) have allowed 100 more points than they've scored. But in two weeks, they play a huge rivalry game against Freedom, and a win sends them to the playoffs. Viva New Tampa!
7. Cassie Roy's serve
The Palm Harbor University volleyball standout has a wicked jump serve, and it helped the Hurricanes to a huge win over Countryside, which is usually enough to get you in this Top 10. But for good measure, it also gave the Hurricanes their first berth in the Pinellas County Athletic Championship match and the top seed in the district.
8. Cedric Williams
It's not often a Dixie Hollins (0-6) football player cracks this Top 10, but Williams scored. Against Spoto (6-0), which has allowed just 20 points. Just saying.
9. Steve Thompson
Lands Gulf boys basketball job. Finds out no teaching gig to go with it after a month. Goes back to Kentucky. Lands Springstead boys basketball job. Swish!
Points scored by the Hillsborough football team — in five games — tops in Tampa Bay.
John C. Cotey can be reached at [email protected]