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  1. Can anyone contain Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain?

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    TAMPA — Deon Cain is going to get the ball.

    Tampa Bay Tech senior quarterback Deon Cain is a Clemson recruit.
  2. Girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch 62, Academy of the Holy Names 35

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    TAMPA — Last week Amanda Melosky missed a Wiregrass Ranch basketball practice because she had a soccer game for her Greater Tampa Bay Football Club team. Wiregrass Ranch protocol meant she had to miss the first half of the Bulls' game against Academy of the Holy Names on Tuesday night.

  3. Boys basketball: Jesuit 71, Shorecrest 50

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesuit was well aware of what happened last season when it let Shorecrest rally for a one-point win.

  4. Indian Rocks quarterback make golden choice: football over baseball

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    LARGO

    Indian Rocks Christian quarterback Garrett Ross-Johnson does not have overwhelming statistics. He is not the fleetest of foot. He does not have a cannon for an arm or the size to run over defenders.

    Indian Rocks quarterback Garrett Ross-Johnson will lead the Golden Eagles against Glades Day in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday in Belle Glade.
  5. Humble Hudson builds winning tradition at East Lake

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    EAST LAKE — He does not prowl the sidelines frenetically. He does not scold his players with salty language. He does not get easily agitated.

    Bob Hudson has tallied 10 playoff wins in his 12 seasons as East Lake’s head coach.
  6. Boys basketball: Tampa Prep 71, Calvary Christian 49

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    CLEARWATER — Juwan Durham scored 25 and sophomore guard Amari Goulbourne continued to impress, adding 16 points Monday in Tampa Prep's 71-49 victory at Calvary Christian.

  7. Playoff football: Tampa Bay's road warriors

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    Four of Tampa Bay's seven remaining playoff football teams will hit the road Friday night. Lakewood and Indian Rocks Christian have the farthest to travel by far, and the competition is stout in every matchup.

    Region finals

  8. Sunday morning quarterback

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    Team of the week

    Indian Rocks Christian. The Golden Eagles have the type of statistics befitting a team ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A. Their 48-12 win over Naples First Baptist marked the 10th win this season by 35 points or more. The offensive balance was on display with Theo …

    Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain during practice at Tampa Bay Technical High School in Tampa on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.
  9. HomeTeam Hot Shots

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    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 21. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on all of …

  10. Football: Lakewood 26, River Ridge 3

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood prepared all week to stop River Ridge running back Chris Schwarz, and for good reason. Schwarz has gained 2,536 yards this season and is the main reason the Knights advanced to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

    Jarrett Colquitt stops River Ridge running back Chris Schwarz. Schwarz gained 158 yards, well under his average.
  11. Football: Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19

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    GAINESVILLE — Sunlake spent most of its Friday night in comeback mode, not a good place to be against a team that hasn't lost a home playoff game in 37 years. Despite Sunlake having a chance to force overtime late, Gainesville held on for a 27-19 victory.

  12. Football: East Lake 37, Braden River 21

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    BRADENTON — For the past three weeks, East Lake was accustomed to getting big plays from its special teams and having receiver George Campbell streak down the field on long receptions.

    East Lake’s Kyle Fearrington gives a stiff arm to Braden River’s Anthony Marino on a run.
  13. Football: Tampa Bay Tech 20, Sickles 16

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    TAMPA — Here it comes little brother …catch it.

  14. Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 10

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    ORLANDO — After a lopsided first half of football that the perennial state title contenders weren't quite used to playing, Plant came out revitalized in the second half of Friday's Class 8A region semifinal against Dr. Phillips. Its defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs, and the offense kept up by scoring 10 …

    Dr. Phillips’ Jonathan Pollock tackles Plant’s “Scoop’’ Bradshaw.
  15. Football: Jesuit 18, Spoto 14

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    TAMPA — Six weeks ago, with his team trailing in an eventual loss at Ocala Trinity Catholic, Jesuit coach Matt Thompson looked around his sideline and saw a team that looked vanquished.

    Jesuit QB Trent Wessel runs as teammate David Marrero lays down a block in the fourth quarter
  16. Football: Armwood 42, Venice 14

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    VENICE — Armwood found itself in unfamiliar territory Friday night.

  17. Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 14, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 10

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    SARASOTA — Clearwater Central Catholic earned its third straight trip to the Class 3A state semifinals Friday night, but will move on without its top player.

  18. Football: Indian Rocks Christian 48, Naples First Baptist 12

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    NAPLES — For the third year in a row, Indian Rocks Christian outrushed and overpowered an undermanned First Baptist to win Friday's Class 2A region final 48-12 and advance to next week's state semifinals.

  19. Boys basketball: Nature Coast 69, Hernando 64 (OT)

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    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast has been at the pinnacle of North Suncoast hoops for the past decade, but on paper, the team seemed vulnerable coming into this season. At the expense of their county and Class 5A, District 7 rival Hernando, the Sharks sent a message in their opener Friday night.

  20. Spoto's Terence Williams goes from unknown to noteworthy

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    RIVERVIEW — There was an extra bounce in the steps of Spoto High School football players as they took the field for Wednesday's practice. Their next game, a Class 5A region semi­final against Jesuit, was still two days away, and there was a lot of preparation left to do.

    In his first year at Spoto High School, junior Terence Williams has the offense clicking.