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NORTH OF TAMPA TONIGHT

All six north Tampa football teams play tonight. All games are at 7:30 p.m.

CHAMBERLAIN CHIEFS (5-3) host Jefferson (4-3).

Last week: Lost to Hillsborough 50-22. Jefferson beat Plant 29-14.

Chamberlain needs to bounce back strong after last week's drubbing by Hillsborough. Two of the county's best QBs, Terry Myers for the Chiefs and the Dragons' Donald Caldwell, could turn this contest into an air show.

LAND O'LAKES GATORS (4-3) host Zephyrhills (7-1).

Last week: Lost to Tarpon Springs 34-9. Zephyrhills lost to Hernando 20-8.

The Gators came up way short in a game that could have clinched the Class 5A, District 8 title. Homecoming might not be much better, as the mighty Bulldogs come to town smarting from a tough loss of their own.

LETO FALCONS (5-3) visit Plant (0-8).

Last week: Lost to East Lake 31-7. Plant lost to Jefferson, 29-14.

Frustration cost the Falcons dearly against East Lake, when two senior players were ejected in the final minute. They, along with injured senior running back Jermaine Smith, will miss tonight's game.

GAITHER COWBOYS (2-5) play Brandon (4-4).

Last week: Lost to King 28-0. Brandon lost to Riverview 34-0.

Turnovers _ a fumble, interception and blocked punt _ put the Cowboys in big hole against King. On the bright side, Gaither wideout Jeremiah Russell grabbed six passes for 111 yards.

SICKLES GRYPHONS (1-5) host Blake (0-7).

Last week: Lost to East Bay 57-0. Blake lost to Osceola 37-0.

Already victorious once against a fellow new school, Sickles gets another real chance for a win tonight, but the records are deceiving. The first-year Yellow Jackets actually beat Wharton Oct. 9, but the win was later declared a forfeit because Blake used an ineligible player. Sickles completed four passes for 22 yards, but could only muster 36 yards rushing against East Bay.

WHARTON WILDCATS (1-6) host Seminole Osceola (2-6).

Last week: Lost to Jesuit 57-0. Osceola beat Blake 37-0.

Wharton managed to get in the win column via a forfeit from Blake, and maybe the momentum will carry the Wildcats to a field victory against Osceola. However, the Warriors have scored 158 points in their struggling season, to just 20 by Wharton.

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