The encephalitis scare, which caused last weekend's Clearwater-Sarasota Riverview football game to be postponed a day, might affect this week's Pinellas Park-Riverview game. This game still will be played on Friday, however. The starting time should be announced today, Riverview athletic director and football coach John Sprague said.
Last Friday, Sarasota County followed the trend of other counties in Florida, moving night football games to the daytime because of encephalitis, spread by mosquitoes. The Clearwater-Riverview game was played Saturday morning at 10:30.
Scholastic Aptitude Tests are be administered this Saturday, so that day is not an option, said Bob Hosack, director of centralized athletics in Pinellas County.
Hosack said the game will be moved to Friday afternoon or, if the Sarasota County School Board grants special permission, remain on Friday night.
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Tarpon Springs moves to top of football poll
For the first time in eight weeks, we have a new No. 1 in the Times Tampa Bay Top 10.
Tarpon Springs climbed into the top spot as previously unbeaten Clearwater tumbled to No. 3 after a 21-9 loss to state power Sarasota Riverview.
Tampa Bay Vo-Tech moved to No. 2 _ its highest ranking yet.
The Nos. 4 through 9 spots remain unchanged. Tampa Catholic is the new No. 10 _ as well as the front-runner in the Class 3A, District 4 chase. The Crusaders replace rival Tampa Jesuit, which lost to Crystal River 27-7.
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Times Tampa Bay Top 10
Team (last week) W L
1. Tarpon Springs (2) 6 1
2. TB Vo-Tech (3) 6 1
3. Clearwater (1) 6 1
4. Chamberlain (4) 6 2
5. Largo (5) 6 1
6. Dixie Hollins (6) 6 1
7. East Bay (7) 6 1
8. Plant City (8) 5 2
9. King (9) 6 2
10. Tampa Catholic (-) 7 1
Dropped out: Tampa Jesuit (10).