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  1. 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.
  2. 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 …

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  6. Football: Tampa Bay Tech 20, Sickles 16

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    TAMPA — Here it comes little brother …catch it.

  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Football: Armwood 42, Venice 14

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    VENICE — Armwood found itself in unfamiliar territory Friday night.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.
  14. Learn from the best, be the best

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    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.

    East Lake junior Julian Santos lined up last year beside Mason Cole, who is now a starting offensive lineman for Michigan.
  15. Playoff profile: Clearwater Central Catholic TE/FB Brandon Junk

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    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.

    Clearwater Central Catholic’s  Brandon Junk will start at center for the first time tonight.
  16. Playoff profile: Sunlake QB Dayton Feiden

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    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.

    Quarterback Dayton Feiden has remained healthy and gives Sunlake a viable passing game.
  17. Region semifinal capsules: Class 8A and 7A

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    Region semifinals

    Class 8A

    Who: Plant (10-1) at Orlando Dr. Phillips (11-0)

  18. CCC O-line takes size, experience into region finals

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    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.

    Clearwater Central Catholic offensive lineman Billy Atterbury, center, talks with teammates at practice in August.
  19. For the Lawrences and the Browns, basketball and friendship run deep

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    ST. PETERSBURG — They became friends at Lakewood High School more than 25 years ago, a bond born through basketball.

    Anthony Lawrence Jr., from left, adds a little extra to his layup as Stephon Williams, Cody Carden and Barry Brown Jr. watch during practice at Admiral Farragut Academy in 2006. That year, as members of the Courtside Cavaliers, they won the U9 AAU state title.
  20. Plant High carries winner's mind-set

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    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.

    Plant High coach Robert Weiner instructs his players during a practice. Plant plays No. 1-ranked Dr. Phillips on Friday.