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Brandon 31, King 17

Brandon's Andre Morris rushed for 194 yards, including 125 in the second half, to lift the Eagles at Bill Stewart Field.

Brandon, which led by only six points at the half, controlled the second half, running 15 more plays than the Lions and holding King to minus-4 rushing yards. Overall, Brandon had 320 total offensive yards compared to 161 by King. Brandon improved to 5-3 while King fell to 2-6.

Play of the game: The biggest play for the Eagles wasn't even a running play. Brandon quarterback Mario Porter hit Mike Floyd on a 36-yard touchdown pass to make the score 24-10 late in the third quarter. It was the only pass Porter completed all night, but it deflated the Lions.

Players of the game: Morris stole the show, adding two touchdowns in his 43 carries. Morris accounted for 61 percent of the Eagles' offense.

King's Mike Watkins was the biggest offensive contributor, catching three passes for 63 yards and carrying the ball once for a 33-yard gain.

Key statistic: Brandon's run dominance. The Eagles averaged almost 7 yards per carry and had 232 more rushing yards than the Lions.

They said it: "They did what we expected, we just hoped they didn't do it this well," King coach Pat O'Brien said. "We had too many mistakes, and we didn't tackle anybody. We can't afford to do that."

"That's our game plan, that's what we do," Brandon coach Ron Flott said of his running attack. "(Morris) is a great back and we have a great offensive line. When you have that it takes all the brain work out of it."

_ RODNEY PAGE

Lake Gibson 14, Bloomingdale 9

LAKELAND _ Bloomingdale found a way to stop Lake Gibson quarterback Lewis Grier.

Just not soon enough.

Grier worked the Braves veer option to perfection in the first half, leading Lake Gibson to a two-touchdown lead.

Play of the game: Down 14-3 with 4:42 on the clock, and facing a fourth-and-goal at the Lake Gibson 5-yard line, Bulls quarterback Mike Davis handed off to tailback Greg Smith, who gained only 1 yard. The Bulls recovered a fumble for a touchdown just three plays later, but it was too little, too late.

Players of the game: Bloomingdale fullback Larry LaPointe carried five times for 75 yards, including runs of 27 and 31 yards. Cody Sherman was a force defensively, making several key tackles. Lake Gibson's Grier completed 6-of-10 for 55 yards and a touchdown and was very effective on the Braves' two scoring drives.

Key statistic: Bloomingdale fumbled three times, losing two, one of which led to the winning score.

They said it: Bloomingdale coach Terry Long: "We came out flat in the first half. I can't explain why we didn't play like we normally do. We usually play four quarters, but tonight it was only two."

_ CAREY FREEMAN

Kathleen 21, TB Tech 19

LAKELAND _ Tampa Bay Tech (2-6 overall, 1-4 in Class 5A, District 9) gambled an apparent victory into a 21-19 loss to host Lakeland Kathleen.

Quarterback Desmond Clark's 41-yard touchdown run with 1:49 remaining capped the come-from-behind win for the Red Devils (3-4, 3-2).

Plays of the game: Play No. 1 _ The Titans had taken the lead 19-7 on Quincy Harris' 2-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, Tampa Bay Tech botched an onside kick, which resulted in a 4-yard loss. Three plays later, Red Devils' quarterback Desmond Clark cut the Titans' lead to 19-14 on an 8-yard touchdown run.

Play No. 2 _ With four minutes remaining in the game, Tampa Bay Tech faced a fourth-and-8 situation at the Kathleen 48-yard line. The Titans lined up in punt formation and upback Vashon Telfair completed a pass to Johnnie Tyson, but for a mere 1-yard gain. Four plays later, Clark faked an option pitch and went around the left side for the game-winning score.

Players of the game: Titans running back Malcolm Durant rushed for 121 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. Clark led the Kathleen attack with 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Key statistic: Tampa Bay Tech earned only one extra point following its three touchdowns, failing on both an extra-point attempt and a two-point conversion attempt.

They said it: "The game is like a chess match," Titans coach Bruce Nagel said. "It is about taking chances and you don't always win. "Reflecting on it, I think we made the right call at the time. We had them reeling, but we misfired."

_ RICHARD HALL

Jefferson 35, Plant 14

TAMPA _ Carl Puryear who completed 8 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dragons (5-2 overall, 4-1 in the district)to a key Class 5A, District 9 victory over the host Panthers (3-5, 3-2).

Play of the game: The Dragons led 21-14 with 3:30 left in the third quarter and faced fourth-and-2 on the Plant 24-yard line when Puryear, in an option formation, rolled out and pitched off the option to pick up 8 yards and the first down. On the next play Puryear let Keith Newman out-jump a Panther defender for the touchdown to give Jefferson a two-touchdown lead.

Players of the game: Puryear was calm and collected in the pocket in addition to his big plays as all 8 completions were for 10 yards or more and half of them were for over 25 yards.

Key statistic: Plant outrushed Jefferson 194 to 141, but Jefferson lit it up in the air using the big plays as the Dragons had 210 yards passing to Plant's 47.

They said it: "We needed this win," Jefferson coach Darlee Nelson said. "Our goal all along has been to get into the playoffs. It does not matter who; it does not matter where, as long as we're in."

_ PATRICK DOWLING

Lakeland Santa Fe 29,

Berkeley Prep 18

TAMPA _ Running back Joey Taggert had 120 yards rushing, but Berkeley Prep came up short again, falling to 0-6.

Play of the game: With 41 seconds remaining and Santa Fe up by 11, Santa Fe coach Bill Hrabak called two consecutive pass plays with his offense in Berkeley territory. The Crimson Hawks eventually missed a field goal from the Berkeley goal line with one second left in the game.

Players of the game: Santa Fe quarterback Scott Wiggs was 11-of-18 for 135 yards, with two touchdown strikes to tight end Steve Nagle. Wiggs also rushed for one score. John Dacanay rushed for 124 yards on 10 carries. Running back Aaron Walker contributed 46 yards on the ground.

Key statistic: The Crimson Hawks dominated on offense by racking up 213 yards rushing and 135 yards in the air. They kept the ball out of the hands of a fired-up Berkeley squad.

They said it: Berkeley coach Neil Gruber on his team: "They work real hard on the game plan. We work on the educational approach to football."

_ MATT CUNNINGHAM

Jesuit 42, Armwood 7

TAMPA _ Jesuit found its offense against Armwood, and after the game found itself still in a first-place tie in Class 5A, District 9 with Jefferson and Auburndale.

After struggling to 170 total yards in last Friday's win over Tampa Bay Tech, Jesuit (6-1, 4-1) rolled up 366 yards of total offense against the 2-5 Hawks, including 315 on the ground.

Play of the game: Zach Powell ran down the sideline for a 48-yard score that put Jesuit up 21-0. The run followed a 58-yard reception by Eric Sims that was called back after a clipping violation.

Players of the game: Powell finished with 116 yards on 15 carries and scored Jesuit's first four touchdowns on runs of 7, 1, 48 and 3 yards. Teammate Reggie Wilcox also went over 100 yards. Armwood's T.J. LaFlamboy passed for 167 yards and rushed for the lone touchdown.

Key statistic: Jesuit scored on five of six first-half possessions, taking a 35-7 lead into intermission.

They said it: "Tonight, everything went our way," Jesuit coach Dominick Ciao said. "We had good plays on both sides of the ball. It's a great win for us."

Jesuit running back Powell on his 48-yard touchdown, which followed Sims' voided score: "I guess (Armwood) was looking for the same play. I just made my cut and found the openings down the sideline."

_ JOSE MARTINEZ

Plant City 24, East Bay 6

GIBSONTON _ Plant City scored in each quarter to beat East Bay 24-6 Friday. It was the first win for the Raiders in four games. It gave Plant City a 3-4 mark while East Bay dropped to 0-7.

Play of the game: A blocked kick by Edmund Ghent on the East Bay 15 in the first quarter sailed out the back of the end zone for a Raiders safety. The initial score set the tone for the Plant City victory.

Players of the game: Josh Kennedy picked up a botched field goal attempt and ran down the right side line for a 15-yard touchdown, kicked a 25-yard field goal and an extra point to lead the Raiders in scoring with 10 points.

Key statistic: Wayne Ward led the Raiders ground attack with 18 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown.

They said it: "We came out with the hope of our offensive line controlling the game and wearing down their offense, which worked," said Long. "After losing three games, I wasn't sure that they would come back, but they came back to play and win."

_ TERRY JONES

Elsewhere

Auburndale 50, Robinson 3: The Bloodhounds raced to a 23-0 lead before the Knights could even manage their first and only score of the night, a 46-yard field goal by Rick Vars in the second quarter.

Fort Meade 34, Tampa Catholic 17: The Fort Meade Miners took advantage of six Tampa Catholic turnovers to win the Class 3A, District 6 game. It gave the Miners their second win of the season.

TC dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the district, while the Miners moved to 2-6, 1-1.

Tampa Catholic lost five fumbles and received 138 yards in penalties.

_ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

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