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  1. Clearwater Central Catholic football coach John Davis steps down


    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.

    Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis led the Marauders to their most successful regular season in program history this year. (Douglas R. Clifford, Times)
  2. Prep scoreboard for Nov. 28



    Palmetto Turkey Classic: Bradenton Southeast 80, Northeast 70 (OT)

    girls BASKETBALL

  3. Sunday morning quarterback


    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.

    Armwood coach Sean Callahan, middle,  pumps his team up before the Hawks’ playoff victory over   Gainesville. Callahan, who has coached Armwood since 1990, leads his Hawks into their third straight state semifinal on Friday.
  4. Football: Armwood 40, Gainesville 20


    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 …

    Armwood quarterback Darian McNeal runs for a touchdown during a region final football game between Gainesville and Armwood at Armwood High in Seffner, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.
  5. Football: Green Cove Springs Clay 40, Nature Coast 28


    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.

    Nature Coast's Deshawn Smith (4) runs the ball 3 yards for a touchdown against Clay during the first half of high school Class 5A Regional Final football action at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Fla., Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Gary Lloyd McCullough, Special to the Times)
  6. Football: Delray Beach American Heritage 31, Clearwater Central Catholic 24


    DELRAY BEACH — Few people in South Florida thought Clearwater Central Catholic could beat Delray Beach American Heritage in the Class 3A state semifinals.

    Clearwater's Logan Miller (56) becomes emotion after losing to American Heritage during the Class 3A state football semifinal at American Heritage in Delray Beach, Fla. American Heritage won 31-24.  (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)
  7. Football: Jacksonville Trinity Christian 47, Tampa Catholic 14


    TAMPA — For the first 13 minutes, the game plan was working beautifully for Tampa Catholic.

Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig-Myers, denies Trinity Christian's Tyreke Johnson, from an interception and goes on to score early in the first half at Tampa Catholic.
  8. Prep scoreboard for Nov. 27



    Armwood 40 Gainesville 14

    Jacksonville Trinity Catholic 47, Tampa Catholic 14

    Braden River 17, Plant City 7

  9. Football: Cambridge Christian 30, Naples First Baptist 26


    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.

  10. Football: Bradenton Braden River 17, Plant City 7


    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 …

  11. Football: Jesuit 42, Fort Myers Dunbar 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.

  12. Former Gator Cornelius Ingram gives pep talk to Nature Coast


    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.

  13. Football playoff schedule


    Playoff slate

    State semifinals

    All games 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission $9

    Class 6A

    • Cantonment Tate at Armwood

    Class 5A

    • Orlando Bishop Moore at Jesuit

    State final

    At the Citrus Bowl, Orlando. Admission $12; parking $10 …

  14. Struggling USF Bulls prepare for No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats


    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.

    Orlando Antigua, a former assistant of Kentucky’s John Calipari, has three new starters.
  15. Football gives Armwood's Dedarallo Blue a sense of stability


    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.

    Armwood senior Dedarallo Blue excels in his first year at linebacker, leading a stellar defense with a team-high 11 sacks.
  16. Quarterbacks beware: Sack masters at play


    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

    Clearwater Central Catholic’s Logan Miller is a veteran presence on a line with many new faces.
  17. Game-by-game greatness of Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith


    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.

    Against Weeki Wachee, DeShawn Smith played less than three quarters and still ran for almost 200 yards.
  18. Goals come easy for soccer star at Clearwater Central Catholic



    The goals came so quickly for Clearwater Central Catholic's Kevin Harris that it was hard to keep track of them.

    Like his father and his sister before him, Kevin Harris excels in sports for the Marauders. 
  19. Shorecrest soccer team off to fast start


    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.

    Seif El Masry of Shorecrest, left, maneuvers around a Keswick Christian player during a game Nov. 17. Masry is among the experienced senior players leading Shorecrest this season.  
  20. Mitchell High's soccer team looks past letdown of year ago


    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.

    Brady Friedman of Mitchell High is back from a torn ACL. The team began the year 7-2.