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Jefferson at Armwood

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at Flagg Field, 12000 U.S. 92, Seffner.

Records: Jefferson 2-2, Armwood 3-1.

Analysis: Jefferson has won two games in a row, while Armwood's district hopes suffered a blow when it lost to King last week. The Dragons are led by quarterback Angel Diaz (30-of-56 passing for 449 yards) and running back Jamall Anderson (44 carries, 233 yards). Ten of the team's 33 players are sophomores and six are contributing. Coach Darlee Nelson said it has taken time for his team to gel. Hawks quarterback Ricardo Watson (32-of-41, 411 yards) returned from a shoulder injury last week, but was limited to 123 yards _ six in the second half _ by a tough King defense and a driving rain. Defensively, Armwood is led by Nathan Peoples, Joe Ralyea and Richard Weaver.

Leto at Brandon

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at McLane Stadium, 1101 Victoria St., Brandon.

Records: Leto 0-3, Brandon 1-3.

Analysis: Leto coach Alex Albert said his team would do well if it could reduce turnovers. The Falcons are in a rebuilding year and may have a tough time winning their first game against a Brandon team that's better than its record. The Eagles are led by quarterback Adam Brick (20-of-49, 325 yards) and running back Vernon Woodson (36 carries, 221 yards). After getting off to an encouraging 1-0 start, Brandon has lost three straight by an average of seven points.

Lake Placid at

Tampa Catholic

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at Jesuit's Corrall Stadium, 4701 N Himes Ave., Tampa.

Records: Lake Placid 1-3 (0-2 in Class 2A, District 6), Tampa Catholic 3-0 (2-0).

Analysis: This will be Lake Placid's third consecutive two-hour road trip, and probably its third consecutive defeat. The Green Dragons lost to Belle Glade-Glades Day 18-7 last week and Cardinal Mooney 35-6 two weeks ago. Their leading rusher is Willie Ward (44 carries, 221 yards). The Crusaders have been impressive in going 3-0, outscoring opponents 87-19. Elijah Powell is third in the county in rushing and quarterback Andre Stewart has thrown for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

Jesuit at Boca Ciega

Time and site: 7 p.m. at Beauchamp Memorial Stadium, 11th Avenue S and 56th Street, Gulfport.

Records: Jesuit 3-1, Boca Ciega 3-1.

Analysis: This should have been an interesting non-district match-up, but Boca Ciega running backs Dwan Brown (second in Pinellas County with 542 yards on 45 carries) and Tremaine Burton (17 carries, 101 yards) were both hurt against Largo last week. Brown (separated shoulder) is questionable and Burton (strained knee) may be out for the year. The Pirates may be looking ahead to next week's pivotal district game against Osceola. Jesuit beat Lakewood 61-0 last week with Morris Harris scoring five touchdowns. Harris leads the county in rushing with 508 yards on 61 carries, but may not have the aid of tackle Alec Simpson, who is questionable with an injured ankle.

Berkeley Prep at

Northside Christian

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at Northside's Brandes-Russell Field, 7777 62nd Ave N., St. Petersburg.

Team records: Northside Christian 3-1, Berkeley Prep 4-0.

Analysis: Berkeley has a balanced attack. Brett Zinober has passed for 346 yards and five touchdowns, with 28 completions on 42 attempts. He passes to Austin Barrow and Matt Hill, who have combined for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Hill also is 5-of-7 in field goal attempts, with a long of 42. The running game is led by Robbie Bawter with 229 yards and Andres Prida with 231.

Temple Heights at Bell

Time and site: 7:30 p.m. at Bell Stadium, U.S. 129 in Bell.

Records: Temple Heights 1-3, Bell 3-1.

Analysis: Temple Heights will have trouble finding Bell, a small north-central Florida town with no traffic light, and then have trouble winning. The Bulldogs are 3-1 and on top of the standings in the Four Rivers Conference. Bell is led by running backs Gabriel Martin (31 carries, 252 yards) and Patrick White (28 carries, 180 yards). Temple, which snapped a 10-game losing streak last week, will need another strong performance from Nate Dorsey, Josh Young and Sean Casey. The three combined for 294 yards on 48 carries last week.