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Injuries made Chiefs-Dragons game secondary

Published Oct. 18, 2005

A frightening moment Friday night overshadowed the Chamberlain-Jefferson football game. Jefferson's Eddie Fernandez came off the field after a play in the first quarter and collapsed on the sideline. Moments later, a game official was performing CPR because Fernandez's pulse could not be felt.

Fernandez was revived and it was discovered that he had swallowed a section of his mouthpiece. The senior lineman was able to walk into the ambulance and was being held overnight at St. Joseph's Hospital for observation.

Things did not turn out as well for Jefferson senior running back Larry Lowe. With 3:08 remaining, Lowe's left leg was broken after catching a pass. With emergency rescue workers taking every precaution necessary, the game was interrupted for 20 minutes and then called since Chamberlain owned a commanding 30-6 lead.

Chamberlain, at 4-1, trails Class 5A, District 8 leader Sarasota (4-0). The Chiefs are 6-2 overall. Jefferson is 1-6.

Tampa Catholic notes

LECANTO _ Lecanto players had to shift their initial focus from Tampa Catholic's star tailback Willie Queen on Friday night.

Queen caught three passes for 85 yards and rushed for 53 yards in the Crusaders 20-6 win over the Panthers. But he didn't handle the ball on the first series as quarterback Kevin Dawson immediately went to the pass.

Dawson completed passes of 16 yards to senior Jeyson Wilson and 22 yards to freshman Andre Stewart on the first two plays. Dawson added a 27-yard run on the third play, and suddenly the Crusaders had a first down at the Panthers' 22-yard line.

The drive failed when a fumble was lost at Lecanto's 12-yard line, but big pass plays later put Tampa Catholic on the road to its seventh win in eight games.

Dawson hit Queen with a 70-yard touchdown pass and senior Andrew Mathis with a scoring strike of 37 yards. The versatile Queen also ran 2 yards for a touchdown.

Sophomore Eric Hayes got some playing time at quarterback and completed one pass of 21 yards to Michael Johnson. Dawson finished with 42 rushing and 194 passing yards.

Defensively, the Crusaders held Lecanto to 145 total yards. Junior end Joe Martinez and senior end Clint Musick each had a sack of Panthers' quarterback J.J. Reynolds, who was making his first start.

The win puts Tampa Catholic in first place in Class 3A, District 4. The Crusaders play host Friday night to Pasco, which fell 21-14 to South Sumter.


King, Gaither notes

TAMPA _ Gaither dropped out of contention in Class 5A, District 8 with its 40-17 loss to King Friday night.

Cowboys coach Earl Garcia said his team will use the rest of the season to build for 1991.

"We're eliminated, just like King is," Garcia said. "We're playing three weeks for 1991 now. It will be like three preseason games for 1991. We'll play as hard as we can and try to win every one."

With the Lions' victory, Sarasota (5-2 overall, 4-0 district) needs to win one of its two remaining district games to clinch its second district title in three years. Gaither dropped to 2-5, 2-2, and King is 5-2, 2-2.

With Gaither quarterback Michael Jordan struggling in the first half (8-of-18 for 66 yards), Garcia turned to his ground game and senior Joe Rizzo. Rizzo gained 115 yards on 20 carries, including a 37-yard touchdown in the third quarter that cut King's lead to 14-10.

Jordan finished 20-of-38 for 214 yards, which gives him 1,381 yards for the year. He entered the game ranked second in the state in yardage.

Running back Kelvin Porter came in for King in the second half and made an impact. Porter sat out the entire first half for disciplinary reasons.

"Porter didn't play much in the first half of our last game, so he took off his gear before the game was over," said King coach Steve Vickers. "We thought we'd sit him out for a half as punishment."

Porter gained 131 yards on eight carries, mostly on counter-trap plays to the left. He had runs of 46 and 49 yards in the third quarter to set up Lions touchdowns.

Porter wasn't the only King rushing threat, as the Lions gained 273 yards on the ground. Senior Toney Salter rushed for 70 yards on 10 carries, and quarterback Andre Williams gained 61 yards on 12 carries.


Plant notes

TAMPA _ Plant High kept its district title hopes alive with a 26-20 victory over Bradenton Bayshore Friday at Dads' Stadium. The Panthers moved to 2-0 in Class 4A, District 11 and 5-2 overall. The Bruins dropped to 0-2 and 1-5.

Willie Johnson scored offensive and defensive touchdowns for Plant.

With the Plant holding a 7-6 lead in the second quarter, Bayshore took possession at the the Plant 36-yard line after a poor punt. On the next play, Bruins' quarterback Jeff Light lateraled the ball toward fullback Charles Whitfield, but Johnson stole the pitch and raced 57 yards for the score.

In the second half, Johnson was used at a running back. Again, with Plant clinging to a one-point lead, Johnson gave the Panthers some breathing room. Late in the third quarter, he ran a sweep around the right side ran 45 yards for the touchdown, increasing the Panthers' lead to 20-12.

"He (Johnson) is a great athlete," said Plant coach Roland Acosta. "He did a great job tonight."

Johnson was the Panthers' leading rusher with 93 yards on only 8 carries.

The Panthers had their hands full with Bayshore backs Charles Whitfield and Derek Logan. Whitfield rushed for 144 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns. Logan carried the ball 10 times for 75 yards, including a 45-yard gainer in the fourth quarter.

Plant travels to state-ranked Bradenton Southeast in an important district game next Friday.


East Bay,

Armwood notes

GIBSONTON _ East Bay continued its winning ways Friday night with a 30-8 victory over Armwood Hawks. The Indians are 6-1 with Robinson, Bloomingdale and Tampa Bay Vo-Tech remaining on their schedule.

Armwood dropped to 2-6 with only Plant City and Gaither left to play.

East Bay's game strategy seemed to be to score early and then keep Armwood from moving the ball. It worked pretty good in the first half.

The Indians scored on their first series, using only six plays to drive 51 yards, ending with a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gary Moore to Jason Payne.

The Hawks gave up a safety on a punting snap that went out of the end zone to put the Indians up 16-0 at the half.

The Indian defense did its job, allowing Armwood only 36 yards on 19 carries and none passing in in the first half.

Moore, who has been one of the leading passers in Hillsborough County the past two years, connected on only 4 of 11 passes for 121 yards. However, all four completions were touchdowns.

Armwood scored on a 20-yard run by Daniel Mitchell. Mitchell also ran the ball in for a two-point conversion.

The Hawks gained 174 total yards in the final two quarters but seven penalties for 75 yards kept stalling their drives.

"This football is young and just doesn't quit," Hawks coach Sean Callahan said. "They just kept putting themselves in bad positions with penalties each time they would start to move the ball."


Jesuit notes

CRYSTAL RIVER _ Holding penalties _ four in the first quarter _ may have cost Tampa Jesuit two touchdowns, certainly one, in its 27-7 loss to Crystal River Friday night.

The upset was Jesuit's second loss in Class 3A, District 4 play.

The Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove 51 yards to a first-and-10 at the Crystal River 13-yard line. From there, fullback Joey Scheult appeared to have picked up five yards to the Crystal River 8. But a holding call cut the gain to two yards and backed the Tigers up to first-and-18 from the 21.

Quarterback Troy Kent threw incomplete and tailback Jimmy Cook was stopped for no gain when again the Tigers were called for holding, this time making it second-and-28 from the 31. After two more incompletions, the Tigers were forced to punt, needing the 3-yard line for a first down.

On Jesuit's next possession the Tigers again drove deep into Crystal River territory, only to come away with nothing.

With first-and-goal from the 5, Cook struck quickly on an apparent five-yard touchdown run. But a holding call brought the play back to first-and-goal at the 14. A defensive interference call in the end zone made up half the distance to the goal line, giving the Tigers first-and-goal from the 7, but Cook was stopped for no gain and a 2-yard pickup, setting up third-and-goal from the 5.

Kent hit tight end Dean Kent for what appeared to be a five-yard touchdown pass, but again the Tigers were flagged for holding. Kent threw incomplete on third-and-goal from the 15, and Chris Clamp's 31-yard field goal attempt was wide to the left.

Meanwhile, Crystal River, unable to establish its patented ground game, went three-downs-and-out on its first three possessions. Each time the Tigers failed to take advantage of good field position.

Jesuit Starting quarterback Troy Kent, hit from behind after releasing a pass, left the Crystal River field by ambulance with less than five minutes to play in the second quarter.

The pass was tipped by a Crystal River defender and then intercepted, but Kent never saw the play. When the ball carrier ran past, looking for return yardage, Kent did not budge.

Only after the play had long gone by him did Kent roll from his side to his back. After showing only marginal ability to move his arms when quizzed by on-field physicians, an ambulance was summoned.

Kent, however, returned to the sidelines in the third quarter with a clean bill of health.


Plant City,

Brandon notes

PLANT CITY _ Plant City took to the air to defeat Brandon 46-24 Friday night.

The Raiders had 258 yards passing and three TD passes. The Raiders also had a solid rushing attack with 112 yards on 26 carries.

Brandon gained 120 yards rushing and 137 passing.

Plant City improved to 5-2 and 3-1 in Class 5A, District 7. Brandon is 2-6, 0-4.


Leto, Hillsborough notes

TAMPA _ Trick plays sometimes change the momentum of the game in a big way. Leto High used a trick play to change the momentum in a 24-21 victory over Hillsborough Friday night.

The Terriers had just come back from a 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 lead in the third quarter on a blocked punt that Tyvan Sunday picked up and ran in for a 20-yard touchdown.

Later in the quarter on another Leto punting situation at its own 24-yard line, the Falcons snapped the ball to the blocking back Juan Hartsfield who ran right and raced 55 yards down the sideline to the Terriers 19. Two plays later quarterback Derrick Stewart connected with Kevin Burns for the go-ahead score.

"I thought that fake punt was the turning point of the game," said Falcon coach Alex Albert. "That really changed the game in our favor."

The Leto defense also made a contribution. The Terriers were held to 21 yards rushing on 23 attempts, and in the second half, Hillsborough was held to a minus-5 yards rushing.

Leto improved to 4-4; Hillsborough fell to 1-6.


Bloomingdale notes

VALRICO _ Bloomingdale's ground-game offense controlled the football for over 10 minutes of the third quarter and scored two touchdowns in the Bulls' 15-3 non-district prep football win over Osceola Friday.

Bloomingdale (4-3) dominated the one-sided quarter with 19 offensive plays, all runs netting 85 yards. Mike Sherman capped one drive with a 2-yard touchdown. Travis Sherman finished another off with a 26-yard score.

Osceola, on the other hand, ran just three plays, then punted.

The Bulls' ball-control tactics were not only effective in producing points and a homecoming victory, they also kept the Warriors' offense quiet on the sideline.

Osceola (2-5) managed just four first downs. The Warriors scored their only points on a 21-yard second-quarter field goal by Christian Floos.

Travis Sherman did most of the damage for Bloomingdale, compiling 108 yards rushing on 19 carries. He carried 12 times for 48 yards on the drive capped by Mike Sherman's score. The Bulls totaled 211 yards on 48 carries, most coming in the second half.

The Warriors encountered difficulty stopping the Bulls' power offense after halftime. Both teams, however, struggled in the first half.

The loss was Osceola's second to a Hillsborough County team in as many weeks. The Warriors dropped a 44-13 decision to Tampa Bay Vo-Tech Oct. 19.


Temple Heights notes

TAMPA _ For the second straight week, Santa Fe Catholic pounded its opponent. This time the victim was Temple Heights, 35-0. The Crimson Hawks claimed their first district title in 12 years.

The Eagles dropped to 3-4 overall. Santa Fe is 6-2, 4-0 in the district.

Temple Heights lost leading rusher, Matt Howell, early in the game. He left the game after a hard hit. He did not know the score when asked by the team doctor.

Entering the game, Howell was the county's fourth leading rusher with 576 total yards on 81 carries and six touchdowns.

After Howell left the game, Temple Heights coach Ken Smith said he had no choice but to let his quarterback, senior Robert Miller, air it out.

"I had to throw once I got Matt (Howell) out of there," Smith said. "I just didn't have anybody to run the ball. We're not a passing ball club.

Miller completed 4 of 15 attempts for 66 yards. He was intercepted once.


Berkeley Prep notes

TAMPA _ Berkeley Prep coach Al Pisano said his team was out-manned in the Bucs' 22-0 loss to Ocala St. John's Lutheran (7-0) Friday afternoon at Newman Stadium.

Although St. John's Lutheran ran the option effectively, Pisano said that it wasn't the key factor.

"We just weren't strong enough inside," Pisano said. "We've seen the option plenty of times this season. I don't think that beat us, nor did the quarterback situation. (Starter Jeff Maxwell was injured and replaced for much of the game by sophomore Brett Zinober.)

"We just weren't blocking in front and they were."


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