1. Plant's defense
Written off after blowing a huge lead against Tampa Bay Tech earlier this season, the Panthers proved they might be Tampa Bay's best. If you don't agree, then explain how Armwood's Josh Grady, A.J. King, Richard Jules, Matt Jones or Sherman Jessie failed to get into the end zone. I'll wait.
2. Ba'ree Boyd
Lakewood's linebacker wears No. 13, in case you were wondering who that was flying around Countryside's backfield. "I like to hit people and make them fold," he said. Okay, here … take my cards.
3. T.J. Glover
Plant does have a running attack. Glover, who averages almost 10 yards a carry, is a big reason why. In a 17-7 win over Armwood, he scored on a run and set up a TD with a catch.
4. Frankie Williams
The talk during Robinson's offseason was about freeing up Ruben Gonzalez at receiver. Almost forgot about this kid, didn't you? His third kick return for a TD this year, as well as a rushing TD against Jesuit, proves Williams is the best No. 1A wideout around.
5. Tyler Peak
True story. Going through video this summer, I saved clip after clip of this Land O'Lakes running back (after looking up No. 3, above, of course). Peak is headed for a 1,000-yard season after another 100-yard, two-TD game against Gulf.
6. John Melvin Hendrick
He didn't win the Sickles quarterback job until shortly before the start of the season, but he is getting better every week and is the main reason the Gryphons' postseason hopes have legs.
7. Antonio Chow and Jamie Knott
Overshadowed at Hillsborough by stars such as Tarean Austin, Charles Lovett, Rodney Williams and Terrence Mitchell, I'll take this running back/fullback duo as my backfield any day of the week, but especially on Fridays.
9. Edwin McKinney
Osceola's running back had three touchdowns in a near-upset of Northeast, and if his team wasn't mired in a 20-game losing streak he'd be mentioned more frequently along with the area's best.
10. SPC and Durant
St. Petersburg Catholic scores a lot. Durant doesn't. But both teams are 4-1.
John C. Cotey can be reached at email@example.com.