This week's Sunday Morning Quarterback is a playoff edition special. We know Pasco has claimed the Class 3A, District 7 title and the first playoff berth on the North Suncoast. As many as four North Suncoast teams can make the playoffs. Land O'Lakes and Mitchell will fight for the scraps in 3A-7 in a huge battle this week for the other playoff berth. The big question there is will Mustangs running back Ricky Trinidad recover from a back injury before kickoff. And we're awaiting word on Gators defensive star Gary Myrick's potential suspension for an ejection against Sunlake. Stay tuned. In Class 4A, District 6, Wiregrass Ranch and Hudson will go head-to-head for the final playoff berth after Tarpon Springs won the district title Friday night. The only North Suncoast district with tiebreaker possibilities is Class 3A, District 6. Hernando will claim the final playoff spot with a win against Nature Coast. The Sharks would claim the playoff berth outright with a win against the Leopards and a Crystal River loss. If Nature Coast wins and Crystal River wins, there will be a three-way tiebreaker at Nature Coast.
North Suncoast Super Seven
1. Pasco (7-1)
The Pirates claimed the Class 3A, District 7 championship, their third consecutive title.
2. Land O'Lakes (7-1)
Takes care of business against Sunlake. Now the Gators must win against Mitchell this week for a playoff berth.
3. Mitchell (8-1)
Mustangs suffer their first loss, must beat Land O'Lakes to make the playoffs.
4. Hernando (6-2)
Leopards win 46-0 against Citrus and set up mammoth bout with Nature Coast.
5. Nature Coast (6-2)
Sharks show they're not dead yet with a huge win against Eustis.
6. Wiregrass Ranch (5-3)
The Bulls cruise against River Ridge. They need a win against Hudson for a playoff berth.
, 7. Hudson (4-4)
Cobras trounced by Tarpon Springs. All that matters is a win this week against Wiregrass Ranch for a playoff berth.
|DB Mike Clower, Pasco||Returned an interception 65 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to ice a win against Mitchell. The Mustangs continued to throw at Clower late and he held his own.|
|RB Tevin Drake, Nature Coast||Drake gained 218 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns. Two of those scores came in the third quarter from 41 and 40 yards out, respectively.|
|QB C.J. Baker, Nature Coast||Baker had arguably the best game statistically of his career with a massive first-half performance against Eustis. With all of his completions coming in the first two quarters, the senior went 6-for-10 for 149 yards and three touchdowns.|
|RB Dylan Luke, Hudson||The senior rushed for 120 yards and caught two passes for 26 yards.|
|QB/WR Madison Burr, Gulf||Burr accounted for three touchdowns, two passing, one rushing. He also caught two passes.|
|RB Alphonso Blanch, Gulf||On only 10 carries, Blanch rushed for 110 yards and a score, a 54-yarder in the fourth quarter.|
|RB Alvin Delaine, Hernando||Had eight carries for 113 yards and three touchdowns against Citrus.|
|RB Jon Mahan, Wesley Chapel||Rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns against Anclote.|
Myrick ejected against Sunlake
Land O'Lakes defensive lineman Gary Myrick was ejected from the Gators' win against Sunlake. Myrick could be suspended by the Florida High School Athletic Association for up to six weeks based on the official's report of the altercation.
Gators coach Matt Kitchie said Myrick was ejected in the third quarter for intentionally stepping on an opposing player. Asked if he would appeal a suspension, Kitchie said: "I don't know. He's guilty. I would appeal it if it was a judgment call, but he stepped on the guy."
Myrick entered Friday's game leading the Gators with 81/2 sacks. He also had 42 tackles and accounted for all but three of the Gators' punts this season. It is unclear if he will be suspended for this week's game against Mitchell.
Both teams play in Class 3A, District 7, and the winner will advance to the playoffs.
Asked about the potential impact Myrick's absence would have, Kitchie said: "I don't know. I honestly don't know. It's something we'll have to figure out."
Mitchell's stout D
The Mustangs had a great defensive night against Pasco, holding the Pirates to just 10 offensive points. In Pasco coach Tom McHugh's three seasons, the Pirates have been held to 10 points or fewer in five games. Three of those were in 2007 and the other one was a 32-7 loss at South Sumter.
Key Sharks in limbo
Nature Coast fullback Antwan Story (foot) and wide receiver/quarterback Ja'Juan Story (ankle) missed Friday's 55-8 win against Eustis. Filling in for the brothers was a plethora of other backs, all of whom had success. Isaac Bailey (four carries, 80 yards), Anthony Carlucci (five carries, 47 yards) and Luke McCarty (nine carries, 58 yards, one touchdown) combined to rush for almost 200 yards to complement Tevin Drake.
Staff writer Keith Niebuhr and correspondent Derek J. LaRiviere contributed to this report. Izzy Gould can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 421-3886.