CLEARWATER — Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis, who led the football program to four straight state semifinals, announced Monday afternoon that he is stepping down as coach.
Palmetto Turkey Classic: Bradenton Southeast 80, Northeast 70 (OT)
Team of the Week
Jesuit: Jesuit's defensive players said a shutout is the goal every week. In their first two playoff games, the Tigers gave up late touchdowns in blowout wins, which didn't really matter to anyone — except the Jesuit defense.
SEFFNER — Armwood has been no stranger to the state final four during the past decade, and usually, the defense has gotten the Hawks there. But as the team kneeled before Sean Callahan in the end zone after Armwood's 40-20 Class 6A region final win against Gainesville on Friday, the veteran coach couldn't help but …
GREEN COVE SPRINGS — For 12 games leading up to Friday night's Class 5A region final against Clay, Nature Coast's DeShawn Smith was the best player on the field. In most cases, it wasn't even close.
DELRAY BEACH — Few people in South Florida thought Clearwater Central Catholic could beat Delray Beach American Heritage in the Class 3A state semifinals.
TAMPA — For the first 13 minutes, the game plan was working beautifully for Tampa Catholic.
Armwood 40 Gainesville 14
Jacksonville Trinity Catholic 47, Tampa Catholic 14
Braden River 17, Plant City 7
TAMPA — For all the offensive fireworks that Cambridge Christian has lit this season, its defense has come up with the key plays in the playoffs to keep the Lancers' postseason, undefeated season and now their state championship aspirations alive.
PLANT CITY — On Braden River's first play from scrimmage, linebacker Steven Ogletree blasted running back Dexter Hodo, sending a chorus of "oohs" throughout the packed Plant City stands. After a punt, the Raiders scored on the next possession when Corey King connected with TJ Chase for a 24-yard TD and 7-0 …
TAMPA — Jesuit junior Malik Davis surpassed the school records for touchdowns and rushing yards Friday night as the undefeated Tigers rolled past Fort Myers Dunbar 42-0 to capture the Class 5A, Region 3 championship.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS — In preparation for the biggest game in program history, Friday night's Class 5A region final at Clay, Nature Coast was able to gain a little bit of wisdom from a very experienced source before the close 40-28 loss on the road.
All games 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission $9
• Cantonment Tate at Armwood
• Orlando Bishop Moore at Jesuit
At the Citrus Bowl, Orlando. Admission $12; parking $10 …
The prevailing narrative is a no-brainer. Cal vs. Coach O. Chieftain of the Kentucky hoops juggernaut going head-to-head against his former first lieutenant.
SEFFNER — There were just three minutes left in Armwood High's spring football jamboree matchup against Hillsborough in May when veteran Hawks coach Sean Callahan decided to prove a point.
The deeper teams get into the playoffs, the more they tend to match up with elite quarterbacks. But those guys under center might want to look out for these sack masters in the next round:
Plant City's prowess
The numbers Nature Coast running back DeShawn Smith has compiled seem preposterous. A national-best 3,555 rushing yards and 58 rushing touchdowns. Not to mention a whopping average of 16 yards per carry.
The goals came so quickly for Clearwater Central Catholic's Kevin Harris that it was hard to keep track of them.
When Shorecrest gathered on Nov. 10 for its first soccer game of the season against St. Petersburg, the Chargers had all of one practice under their belts.
TRINITY — Most soccer teams would gladly have taken a regular season as strong as the one posted by Mitchell High's 2014-15 "rebuilding" boys squad.