Scoreboard for Monday, Aug. 31
Osceola d. Clearwater 23-25, 25-9, 25-12, 25-23
Plant 137, Steinbrenner 165 (7 holes)
Steinbrenner 131, Plant 157 (7 holes)
TAMPA — Robinson's Catia Sleet landed a date to Homecoming before Monday night's match, then filled up the stat sheet during it as the Knights remained unbeaten, defeating visiting Steinbrenner 25-22, 25-19 and 25-21 Monday night.
TAMPA — Jefferson was supposed to be one of the top teams, if not the team to beat in Tampa Bay this season, with Division I talent all over its roster and on both sides of the ball. Junior quarterback Cade Weldon was a big part of that potential, and coach Jeremy Earle glowed when he spoke of the 6-foot-3, …
1. Armwood (1-0)
This week's opponent: bye
Scoop: Once again, the Hawks are winning with a suffocating defense and a punishing run game. Armwood started the season by pounding Plant City 49-7. It was the first time the Hawks had given up a touchdown in a regular-season game since Sept. …
Team of the week
Palm Harbor University. Not only did the Hurricanes snap their neighborhood rival's 25-game regular-season win streak by beating East Lake 14-10, but they also snapped a six game losing streak to the Eagles.
Here's how the various districts are shaing up in Tampa Bay:
WESLEY CHAPEL — The cross country season on the North Suncoast typically kicks off with a meet at Anclote.
NEW PORT RICHEY — The first half featured smashmouth football with neither offense getting much going, but then the offenses got rolling and Ridgewood had to withstand a late Weeki Wachee rally.
SEMINOLE — Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford has a way with words, some of which are not suitable for print. At halftime, Crawford used a few of those words with his team trailing by two touchdowns to Osceola.
The Patriots were listening.
PALM HARBOR — With 24 seconds left and his team trailing 10-7 Friday night, Palm Harbor University running back Jamaine Derogene ran in from the 1 to give the Hurricanes a huge 14-10 upset victory, snapping East Lake's 25-game regular-season winning streak.
CLEARWATER — First impressions say a lot, and the initial look at the 2015 Clearwater Tornadoes was impressive, indeed.
NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge's offensive game plan was pretty simple. It was Chris Schwarz left. Chris Schwarz right. Schwarz. Schwarz. Schwarz. Thirty-four times Schwarz.
DOVER — Brandon's opener at Strawberry Crest started as a defensive struggle with teams exchanging three-and-outs and the Eagles led 3-0 at halftime. The Eagles flipped a switch at halftime and, after the Chargers tied it 3-3, Brandon scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.
RUSKIN — Lennard seemingly came out of nowhere last season, capturing a school-best seven wins. And if Friday was any indication, 2014 was far from smoke and mirrors.
TAMPA — Before Friday night's season opener, Sickles hadn't posted a shutout in nearly two years. Quite frankly, with Hillsborough County's leading rusher on their side, the Gryphons didn't have to in order to win games.
TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech celebrated its biggest plays of Friday night's season opener. Jefferson would rather forget its biggest.
TAMPA — Junior C.J. Cotman scored three touchdowns, the final one a clinching 84-yard run with 1:59 remaining, as Clearwater Central Catholic opened the season with a 34-23 victory at Berkeley Prep on Friday night.
LUTZ — Steinbrenner seized control from the start and refused to relinquish it Friday night. After an opening-drive interception on defense, Steinbrenner scored 13 unanswered points while its defense held to secure a Week 1 shutout and the program's first win over Gaither.
TAMPA — Lead by a dominating defense and a multifaceted offensive attack, Robinson defeated Blake in both teams' openers. Robinson held Blake's offense scoreless while keeping the Yellow Jackets to two first downs for the game. Blake never had a serious scoring chance and the Knights defense sacked Samuel Oxendine …
SEFFNER — Armwood opened the season in dominant fashion, beating Plant City 49-7 behind the legs and arm of Darrian McNeal and their trademark suffocating defense. While some of the big names from the back-to-back state finalist teams of the past two seasons have moved on, the Hawks return plenty of talent, size …