TAMPA — Good defense had gotten Sickles to the brink of making program history Friday against Plant, a team it had never beaten. All the Gryphons needed was a little bit more of it to make it official.
HUDSON — A big lead combined with a festive halftime homecoming celebration almost wasn't enough for Hudson. Cruising behind the athleticism of quarterback Nate Munson and a crushing defense, the Cobras took a 20-0 lead to the locker room in a Class 5A, District 8 game. But the revitalized Wildcats rode sophomore …
LUTZ — In a Class 2A battle of unbeatens, Carrollwood Day hung with visiting Northside Christian through 24 minutes but the Mustangs dropped hammer blows that knocked out the Patriots in the second half and a 13-6 halftime lead snowballed into a 45-6 victory with a running clock.
CLEARWATER — Largo had won four straight games in large part by turning loose an attacking special teams unit that made a habit of blocking punts or returning them for scores.
TAMPA — After blowing a 16-3 halftime lead, Robinson rallied as quarterback Malik Tyson hit receiver J.J. Henderson for the 85-yard, go-ahead score en route to a 24-17 win over Alonso. Before the game, former Ravens tight end Leger Douzable's jersey was retired. Douzable, now a defensive end in his sixth NFL …
TAMPA — As Armwood's offense retook the field trailing Tampa Bay Tech 13-12 midway through the third quarter Friday night, Brian Snead's mind was already in the end zone.
TAMPA — The ball had barely been kicked off and the fans were still making their way to their seats when, on its first play from scrimmage, the Tampa Catholic offense was off to the races Friday night. Quarterback Austin Sessums found Darius Corbett for a 65-yard touchdown. A fumble recovery and six plays later, …
CLEARWATER — Gibbs pulled off a big upset in Pinellas County on Friday night. The Gladiators dominated all night in their 28-6 win over previously undefeated Clearwater.
BROOKSVILLE — After already matching the team's best win total ever, Weeki Wachee was looking to make the next step Friday, competing with Nature Coast for Class 5A, District 7 supremacy.
ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas Park found itself in a familiar situation Friday night against Lakewood.
GIBSONTON — Lennard needed second-half heroics the past two weeks in slipping past Durant and Strawberry Crest. East Bay made sure there would be no such drama Friday night.
TAMPA — After giving up 20 unanswered points, Chamberlain (1-5) clung on for an exciting 28-27 road win over Middleton (2-5). Middleton almost came all the way back from a 28-7 deficit. The Tigers cut the Chiefs' lead to one point in the third quarter on a 23-yard field goal by Brian Paz, his second of the game. …
CLEARWATER — The Marauders (5-0) put their undefeated record on the line and overcame an early deficit to cruise against the Celtics (1-5) Friday night. Ocala Trinity Catholic started with 12 consecutive run plays, leading to a field goal and an early 3-0 lead. After punting on their first possession, the …
BRANDON — The Brandon Eagles (5-1) recorded another dominating win Friday night, defeating non-conference opponent Spoto 29-2 behind their stellar defense and running game.
SEMINOLE — The Warhawks (2-5) were able to outlast the Rebels (0-7), putting away the visitors in the second half by outscoring Dixie Hollins 20-6. The Rebels had two big turnovers in the first half, but could only capitalize on one before the Warhawks pulled away.
LITHIA — Steinbrenner used a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to outlast Newsome in a torrential downpour that lasted the entire game. The Warriors (6-1, 3-1) continued the best start in school history and remained in the thick of the Class 8A, District 6 playoff race.
NEW PORT RICHEY — It was the usual story for the River Ridge defense, which posted its third shutout in the past four games and held Gulf to 104 yards of total offense in a Class 5A, District 8 game.
INVERNESS — The past month has been difficult for Central's program, but the deciding blow might have come Friday night.
SPRING HILL — Bishop McLaughlin hung tough with Windermere Prep in Sunshine State Athletic Conference competition Friday night for much of the first half. Before it was over, the Hurricanes did not have enough left in the tank and struggled to contain the Lakers' offense.
NEW PORT RICHEY — Zephyrhills tuned up for its clash with River Ridge by wearing down the host Rams. Antwione Sims ran for 222 yards and a pair of TDs while Jackie Tucker added two scores, catching six Charles Harrison passes for 130 yards in a Class 5A, District 8 game.