Chamberlain's Codrin Coney scored on an 11-yard run with 1:27 left to cap an 11-play, 96-yard drive and give the Chiefs a victory at Plant City. Chamberlain improved to 3-6 while Plant City fell to 4-4.
Chamberlain needed to overcome a furious second-half comeback by the Raiders, in which they rushed for 182 yards and scored their only two touchdowns. Coney rushed for 145 yards on 10 carries and scored twice.
Play of the game: Chamberlain actually came up with two clutch plays in its final drive. On third-and-12 from the Chamberlain 19, quarterback Bobby Brown hit Curtis Wilder on a 20-yard pass to keep the drive alive. Four plays later, Brown found Wilder again on third-and-11, this time for 18 yards. Coney scored four plays later.
Players of the game: Coney led the attack for Chamberlain with 145 yards rushing, 94 of which was in the second half. Plant City's Wayne Ward rushed for 147 yards, all in the second half.
Key statistic: Chamberlain's Brown didn't complete a pass in three attempts before the final drive. In that drive, he hit 3-of-5 passes for 50 yards.
They said it: "We've lost four games like this during the season," Chamberlain's Billy Turner said. "It feels good to finally win one. We really needed to win this game. It's going to be a losing season for us, but this picks up the morale. It also helps the head coach's sanity."
_ RODNEY PAGE
Jesuit 41, Robinson 17
TAMPA __ It wasn't much of a homecoming for Robinson Friday night as Jesuit romped over the Knights 41-17 and kept alive its playoff hopes in crowded Class 5A, District 9. The Tigers improved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the district, while Robinson fell to 1-7 and 0-6.
Play of the game: After two runs from Knight tailback Ryan Presley setting up third-and-10 from the 15, Robinson quarterback Medeill Johnson dropped back to pass, but was hounded by three Jesuit defenders and seemingly got twisted around and attempted to throw the ball away. He threw a backward pass that landed in the end zone and was recovered by linebacker Jason Delgado.
Players of the game: Jesuit Zach Powell rushed 14 times for 120 yards, and two touchdowns.
Key statistic: Jesuit established their superiority in the trenches early on and outrushed Robinson 272 yards to 160.
They said it: "There's no resting in this district," Jesuit coach Dominick Ciao said. "This is one of the toughest districts in the state. With this win, we have control of our own destiny." . . . "Take away the third quarter and we're playing ball with this team," Robinson coach Bud Hodgens said. "This is a young team and we're trying to bring them up to a different level."
_ PATRICK DOWLING
Lakeland Kathleen 32, Plant 7
LAKELAND __ Lakeland Kathleen celebrated its homecoming by scoring early and often in a victory over the Plant Panthers in a Class 5A, District 9 game. Plant fell to 3-6 overall and 3-3 in the district.
Plant running back John Eskridge's 15-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter narrowed Kathleen's lead to 14-7. But it was to no avail as the Red Devils (4-4, 4-2) scored all 32 of their points in the first half, while amassing 270 yards in total offense.
Play of the game: Early in the second quarter, Kathleen running back Mike Hayne went untouched through a huge hole in the middle of the Panther defense for a 14-yard touchdown run and a commanding 25-7 advantage for the Red Devils.
Players of the game: Plant running back Jasmine Tramel had a game-high 139 yards rushing on 13 carries and caught four passes for 49 yards.
Key statistic: On their first five possessions, the Red Devils registered four touchdowns and a field goal.
They said it: "It's a disappointing season for us," Plant coach Roland Acosta said. "I think we have a pretty good football team, but unfortunately, we have six losses."
_ RICHARD HALL
Jefferson 42, Armwood 0
TAMPA __ It was a complete and total victory, and it could have been worse. Jefferson manhandled district foe Armwood 42-0 at Sam Horton Stadium and if not for some penalties, the margin could have been a lot larger. Jefferson improved to 6-2, 5-1 in Class 5A, District 9; Armwood fell to 2-6, 1-5.
Play of the game: With the offense sputtering and the Dragons holding on to a 14-0 second-quarter lead, Donald Caldwall broke the game open with a 72-yard punt return.
Players of the game: Caldwall gave Jefferson a spark on the ground, rushing nine times for 46 yards and three touchdowns. He also completed a 37-yard pass and returned a punt for another touchdown. Quarterback Carl Puryear completed 10 of 14 passes for 184 yards and scrambled for a touchdown; Deon Ware caught six catches for 110 yards.
Key statistic: Jefferson was penalized 13 times for 113 yards.
They said it: "They've got a lot of weapons and they're not only fast, they can put (a hit) on you too," said Armwood coach Sean Callahan.
_ CAREY FREEMAN
Tampa Catholic 40,
Lake Placid 15
TAMPA __ Tampa Catholic rolled to 315 yards of total offense to cruise past Lake Placid at Jesuit High School. Tampa Catholic quarterback Kenny Kelly ran for 70 yards and passed for another 58 including a touchdown to pace the Crusaders (4-4, 2-1). Bobby Caraway ran for 124 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury for the visiting Green Dragons (2-6, 2-2).
Play of the game: The Lake Placid defense was called for an offside penalty on a fourth-and-4 at its own 22-yard line. Later in the drive, T. J. Hines scored the second of his two touchdowns on the night to put Tampa Catholic up 20-7.
Players of the game: Kelly produced 128 combined offensive yards, while linebacker Rico Martinez recovered a fumble and ran it 53 yards for a touchdown. Martinez also recorded a sack before leaving with an injury late in the fourth quarter.
Key statistic: Lake Placid fumbled the ball on two consecutive possessions resulting in two Tampa Catholic touchdowns. The Crusaders were penalized 11 times for 93 yards.
They said it: Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez: "We have been dwelling on negative things all season but this week we emphasized the positive things. I give all the credit to the players and to the coaches."
_ SHAWN STINSON
Tampa Bay Tech 13
TAMPA __ Auburndale, rushing head-long to capture the Class 5A, District 9 title, survived a fourth-quarter surge by Tampa Bay Tech (2-7) to hold on to victory at Tech's Titan Field.
Auburndale's Adrin McGough and quarterback Brian Baily scored first-half touchdowns on 1-yard punches through the middle.
Play of the game: With 4:42 left, Auburndale defensive tackle Scott Dawson blocked Steven Kinka's extra-point attempt after Tech's second touchdown. It was Dawson's second PAT block of the season, the first coming against West Orange of Winter Garden.
Players of the game: Tampa Tech running back Malcolm Durrant scrambled for 192 yards on 30 carries and scored both Tech touchdowns. Bloodhounds running back Frank Mathis rushed for 133 yards.
Key statistic: The Tampa Bay Tech defense held Auburndale (6-2) to 198 total yards, none of which came through the air.
They said it: "We got started early on offense, and then we didn't do very much," said Auburndale coach Joe Parrish. "Then they just closed us down later. But our defense did a heck of a job."
_ DEAN COX
Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 41,
Berkeley Prep 0
SARASOTA __ Cardinal Mooney romped past Berkeley Prep, which fell to 0-7.
Play of the game: Cardinal Mooney quarterback Joe Johnson hit Tom Wallen short over the middle and eluded several tacklers on a 34-yard scoring pass, the first of two touchdown passes by Johnson.
Players of the game: Johnson threw for 143 yards. Allan Hunter for Berkeley ran hard and did some good on the defense in a depleted linebacker corps.
Key statistic: Cardinal Mooney 21 first downs to Berkeley's two indicated the type of game this was.
They said it: Berkeley Prep coach Neil Gruber: "Our guys can play better, but they didn't come out with fire in their eyes. We have to start telling the young guys what it takes, that being being physically strong is very important. They weren't bigger than us, just stronger."
_ FRANK BOURKE
Seminole 17, Tarpon 10
TARPON SPRINGS __ Seminole's Terrell Jackson scored from 2 yards out with 22 seconds left in the game to spoil Tarpon Springs' homecoming, 17-10. Greg Jones and the Seminole air attack racked up 269 yards passing.
Play of the game: Midway through the third quarter, Tarpon Springs kicker Matt Leto kicked a 53-yard field goal, the longest in Pinellas County this season.
They said it: "I thought we helped out and picked each other up tonight," Jones said. "This was a big win against a team with a great football tradition."
_ BOB PUTNAM