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 …
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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.
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.
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.
TAMPA — Here it comes little brother …catch it.
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 …
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.
VENICE — Armwood found itself in unfamiliar territory Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EAST LAKE — Julian Santos has always been big. Too big, in fact, to play football until he arrived at East Lake High as a freshman three years ago.
When Clearwater Central Catholic starting center Nick Gunn went down with a knee injury during Tuesday's practice, coach John Davis had a dilemma. Gunn was playing center only because starter Taylor Romera got injured during the Jesuit game Sept. 12.
Sunlake has become one of the most successful teams in Pasco County by relying on a brutal, yet simple, approach on offense with a solid wall of linemen pounding defenders into submission as a bruising back runs behind them.
Who: Plant (10-1) at Orlando Dr. Phillips (11-0)
Linemen are the heart of an offense. They are sometimes called the "big uglies" by coaches and fans. They have the thankless job of trying to create holes against other oversized defensive linemen so their running backs can gain yards and get the credit.
ST. PETERSBURG — They became friends at Lakewood High School more than 25 years ago, a bond born through basketball.
TAMPA — It's those last-second decisions, those moments of uneasiness that stick out in Plant High School coach Robert Weiner's mind the most.