The top of the Class 7A, District 7 high school football standings looks like a North of Tampa roll call. And with district play starting tonight, Gaither, Freedom, Sickles and Steinbrenner are each looking to jump ahead in the standings.
EAST LAKE — Seminole started its season by winning five of six matches. But Warhawks coach Dexter Rogers was curious to see how his team would play against a quality opponent in front of a hostile crowd.
TAMPA — Eleven of Berkeley Prep's 14 players are underclassmen. Tampa Prep returned five of six starters from a 2013 region final team. On paper, the Terrapins should have run away with Tuesday's volleyball match on their home court.
When/where: Monday, East Lake Woodlands Golf Club
Time: 10:30 a.m. shotgun start
The fate of Shorecrest's football season will be a week-to-week decision.
Four 200-yard rushing performances
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DADE CITY — Saturday's Steven Villareal Memorial hosted by Dade City at Withlacoochie River Park was just the kind of meet one would expect from the rolling rural hills. It took a dirt road and winding, one-lane road to finally reach the course and when the runners shot out of the gates, they vanished into the …
PALM HARBOR — Clearwater won for the first time since the 2012 regular season in a wild contest that included two weather delays, numerous penalties and turnovers, and a dramatic final few minutes. The game also featured a duel between Tornadoes quarterback Garrison Bryant and Hurricanes signalcaller Brandon …
NEW PORT RICHEY — After falling behind 19-6 at the end of the first half, Land O'Lakes dominated. James Pensyl completed 21 of 32 passes for 274 yards to lead the Gators (2-1). Pensyl added a 43-yard run late to set up Larenz Scroggins' putaway TD run.
TAMPA — With one of its main offensive weapons sidelined with an injury, Berkeley Prep went back to the basics in a win over Sarasota Booker. The Buccaneers used a stifling run defense led by linebacker Joe Schiano and defensive tackle Bo Peek, tying the Tornadoes' hands behind their backs on offense and forcing a …
ST. PETERSBURG — There wasn't much Darius Miller didn't do in St. Petersburg's 39-22 win over Lakewood on Friday night.
TAMPA — Clearwater Central Catholic and Jesuit took 10 paces, whirled — and ran the football at each other.
All night long.
LUTZ — With three turnovers in the opening minutes for Steinbrenner alone — two of which were fumbles by Warriors running back Jayquese Dantley — it looked as if the Spoto offense would have a field day. But redemption was the only thing on Dantley's mind as he later came back from a minuscule first …
TAMPA — In a penalty-plagued affair, Tarpon Springs handed Tampa Catholic a 35-14 loss. The Crusaders (0-3) have lost four straight games — dating back to last season — for the first time since 2010.
NEW PORT RICHEY — Wiregrass Ranch opened the game in shocking fashion with a kickoff return and fumble return for a score in the opening minute. Then the game was delayed for one hour and it was exactly what River Ridge needed. Lead by bruising junior running back Chris Schwarz (five rushing touchdowns) the Royal …
ST. PETERSBURG — Defense can make a game look really ugly. Add water and a one-hour lightning delay and things can get downright hideous.
In a game delayed nearly an hour and a half because of bad weather, the Patriots defense came up big on two consecutive drives to win a close game at home over the Warriors.
PALMETTO — Countryside blocked two punts that resulted in 12 points en route to the victory.
TAMPA — After a lackadaisical first three quarters, Plant came alive in the fourth, breaking open a close game. With the score tied at 10 entering the fourth, Plant senior Patrick Brooks ran for the go-ahead, 38-yard touchdown. The Panthers went on to score 27 unanswered points.