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Sickles 21, King 6

For the first time in the school's seven-year history, Sickles earned four victories in a season.

Led by John Price, who finished with a game-high 129 yards on 23 carries, Sickles took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after touchdown drives of 40 and 68 yards.

King cut the gap to 14-6 late in the second quarter with a 75-yard touchdown drive, but didn't manage much offense after that.

Price put the game out of reach with his second touchdown, a 5-yard run, midway through the fourth quarter.

Sickles improved to 4-5 and 2-3 in Class 5A, District 8, while King dropped to 2-7, 0-5.

_ TIMES STAFF

East Bay 28, Tampa Bay Tech 21

GIBSONTON _ East Bay used a time-consuming, second-half ground game to hold off Tampa Bay Bay Tech in a game that wasn't decided until the final 35 seconds. Down 28-14 late in the fourth, safety Marc Termil intercepted an East Bay pass and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown. Tech held on the ensuing East Bay series and had four shots at the end zone in the last minute, but the Indians pass defense stiffened and held off the challenge.

PLAY OF THE GAME: In a game of opportunities, East Bay set the tone early when it recovered a fumble on the game's first play, converting it to a TD.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Billy McPhaul, the only East Bay starter in the backfield not sidelined with injuries, carried three times for zero yards in the first half. After the half, he had 14 carries for 99 yards and two TDs.

KEY STATISTIC: East Bay ran 51 times for 234 yards. In his second start, 125-pound freshman quarterback Joey Stevens took advantage of opportunities presented in directing the Indians wishbone offense.

THEY SAID IT: "We have been really hit with injuries, losing our whole backfield. But Billy (McPhaul) came up big in that second half and we had enough stamina left at the end to pull it out." _ Brian Thornton, East Bay coach.

_ JIM REESE

Lakeland 31, Plant City 10

PLANT CITY _ The host Raiders handed Lakeland the lead and the Dreadnaughts ran off with it, literally, to take a berth in the state playoffs.

Plant City went three plays and out on its first drive, and a high snap on the punt allowed Lakeland to take over at the Raiders 2-yard line. Steve Chancey punched in the first of his two touchdowns on the next play to give Lakeland a 7-0 lead.

The Dreadnaughts then pounded the Raiders defense with tailback Jamar Taylor. The freshman ran 41 yards on Lakeland's next possession to set up Chancey's second 2-yard score, then went 35 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 21-0 cushion.

As a team, Lakeland piled up 197 yards rushing.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Plant City appeared to have a little momentum when Christopher Glisson's 40-yard field goal cut the score to 21-3 in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, Chris Rainey jumped up and reached back to keep the kick from going into the end zone, then raced 99 yards for a touchdown to crush Plant City's playoff hopes.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Taylor's two runs allowed him to reach 100 yards in the first half, needing just six carries to do it. The 5-foot-10, 194-pounder finished with 120 yards on 11 carries.

KEY STATISTIC: The Lakeland defense swarmed Plant City tailback Derrick Hallbeck. The 1,000-yard rusher couldn't break loose and was limited to 49 yards on 22 carries.

THEY SAID IT: "It's tough to give good teams easy points like that. When you do, you're going to pay for it. We did." _ Plant City coach Todd Long.

_ ANTHONY GAGLIANO

Alonso 48, Leto 0

TAMPA _ John Forbes had four touchdowns, including one on a 69-yard punt return in the second quarter, for the playoff-bound Ravens (7-2, 5-1) in a Class 4A, District 10 game.

Forbes scored 26 of Alonso's 28 in the first half, running one in for a two-point conversion after his first TD, a 4-yard run.

The Ravens special teams had 25 points, including Joshua Krenik's three field goals (35, 30, 43 yards), two safeties on punt formation and James Rue's 65-yard kickoff return that followed a safety.

Alonso, which likely will face Dunedin in the first round of the playoffs in two weeks, held Leto (1-8, 0-6) to 21 total yards.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Forbes took advantage of his quickness and a 29-yard punt, returning it to give the Ravens a 14-0 lead.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Forbes added to his county-leading total with 118 yards on 15 carries, including scoring runs of 4, 4, and 17 before sitting out the second half. Jason Perez and Eric Ortiz led the defense with two sacks. Krenik finished with nine points (three field goals, three PATs). Five of his eight kickoffs were touchbacks.

KEY STATISTIC: The Ravens did not allow a first down in the second half after giving up three before halftime. Leto was held to 5 yards rushing.

THEY SAID IT: "I like scoring on special teams because the special teams can pump up a team, but a score is a score, so it's hard to say which I liked best." _ Forbes when asked of his favorite way to score.

_ CONCEPCION LEDEZMA

Hillsborough 49, Gaither 0

TAMPA _ Hillsborough wrapped up a perfect record in Class 5A, District 8 and spoiled Gaither's homecoming at Cowboy Stadium.

The Terriers (7-2, 5-0) rolled up 472 yards offense. It was the fifth straight loss for the Patriots (3-6, 1-4).

PLAY OF THE GAME: Ricky Ponton's 44-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage set the tone.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Hillsborough quarterback Jarred Fayson completed 11-of-19 for 167 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Darius Davis, who had six catches for 111 and both scores. Jimmy Sapp combined with Ponton for 223 rushing and three touchdowns.

KEY STATISTIC: Gaither was held to six first downs and 125 yards offense.

THEY SAID IT: "Why did Gaither schedule (Hillsborough) for homecoming? Don't they know you're supposed to schedule someone a little easier." _ A Hillsborough fan at halftime.

_ DON JENSEN

SPC 42, Tampa Catholic 14

ST. PETERSBURG _ St. Petersburg Catholic clinched the runner-up spot in Class 2B, District 6.

The Barons will travel to 2B-5 champion Fort Pierce John Carroll in the first round of the playoffs.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Deondrea Lindsey had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown, his second this season.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Lindsey again showed why he might be the county's most dangerous and versatile back. He scored on his punt return, a 10-yard pass (his sixth receiving touchdown this year) and two carries (his eighth and ninth rushing scores of the year). Lindsey finished with 144 yards on 10 carries.

KEY STATISTIC: The Barons defense held Tampa Catholic to under 150 yards offense and gave up the Crusaders second touchdown on the last play.

_ JOHN C. COTEY

Armwood 65, Plant 0

TAMPA _ Armwood led 58-0 at halftime, with seven players scoring. Three touchdowns were made by the defense on a 45-yard fumble return by Fred Hicks, a 28-yard interception return by Dominique Davis and a 20-yard fumble return by Juan Cherry. It had a sack in the end zone for a safety, and R.J. Anderson added a 60-yard punt return for another touchdown.

A running clock was used in the second half.

Armwood improved to 9-0 and 5-0 in Class 4A, District 10. Plant dropped to 1-8, 1-4.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Anderson's punt return was the second touchdown and got the Armwood avalanche rolling.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Game balls go to the defense. Besides scoring three touchdowns, the Hawks forced eight turnovers (six fumbles, two interceptions) and held Plant's rushing attack to seven carries for minus-33 yards.

KEY STATISTIC: Armwood had 153 return yards for touchdowns, which was 84 more than Plant's total offense.

THEY SAID IT: "We're focused on winning the state championship, and we're not going to let a game like this change that focus. We're not taking anybody lightly." _ Sean Callahan, Armwood coach.

_ SCOTT PURKS

Trinity Prep 31, Newsome 8

Newsome ran into a Trinity Prep team on a roll and couldn't do much to stop them at Winter Park. The first-year Wolves fall to 1-8, while Trinity Prep won its fourth in a row to raise its record to 4-5.

Newsome finishes its season Friday at Bloomingdale.

_ TIMES STAFF

Indian Rocks 38, Cambridge 20

TAMPA _ At Jefferson, Cambridge's first-season learning experience continued Friday night as Indian Rocks Christian blew the game open in the second half and ran away with a win.

The Lancers fell to 3-5, losing hope for a winning season, but are pretty much where coach Dan Rogers thought (and hoped) they'd be at this point in their inaugural season.

"This was one of our best games of the season," Rogers said. "I'm very happy. We had better ball control tonight, no interceptions, I'm very pleased."

Indian Rocks Christian led 10-6 at the half but used its experience to distance itself from the Lancers in the third and fourth quarters.

"There are a lot of things I'm learning about this team," Rogers said. "They played together tonight and there's still a lot of depth on this team. I figured when the season started that the Indian Rocks game would probably be a loss but I'm proud of the way we hung in there."

_ TIMES STAFF

Seminole 37, St. Petersburg 17

ST. PETERSBURG _ Seminole clinched a 5A-10 playoff berth and finished 3-1 in the district.

Seminole, which clinched the runner-up spot, took the lead early on Lyndon Rowells' 15-yard reception from Devin Collins. The play completed a nine-play, 52-yard drive. The Warhawks added two more scores in the first half to take a 21-0 lead.

The Green Devils cut into the lead, and appeared to gain some momentum, on a William Criswell 47 yard field goal before halftime.

But the Green Devils got no closer as Rowells gave the Warhawks a 24-point lead on a 19-yard run, his second score of the game.

PLAY OF THE GAME: On the play after Colby Erskin intercepted Jared Paletti, Erskin found a hole and rushed 97 yards for the score, the game's longest play.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Seminole _ Erskin (seven carries, 166 yards, two scores), Rowells (12 carries, 84 yards, two scores). St. Petersburg _ Don Bowens (eight catches, 124 yards), Paletti (five carries, 23 yards and a touchdown).

KEY STATISTIC: Seminole outrushed St. Petersburg 357-79. Seminole's defense forced the Green Devils to pass for most of the game.

THEY SAID IT: "We knew we had to come in and take the lead because St. Petersburg has good athletes. I'm really proud of our kids and coaching staff." _ Seminole coach Sam Roper.

_ AARON THOMAS

Northeast 34, Gibbs 9

ST. PETERSBURG _ Combined with a Seminole win over St. Petersburg, Northeast clinched the 5A-10 championship, with a 34-9 beating of Gibbs Friday night.

The Vikings ran their way to victory behind 238 rushing yards. Sherman Clemons led the way with 121 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Clemons added another score with a 20-yard interception return late in the fourth quarter to drive the nail in Gibbs' coffin.

Northeast's defense kept Gibbs at bay, sacking Gladiator quarterback Josh McKinnon at the 5-yard line, blocking a field goal, intercepting two passes, and forcing three fumble losses.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Northeast's only completion was a 48-yard touchdown reception by Jeremy Federick from Austin Smith early in the second quarter. Smith faked a handoff, rolled right, and found a wide open Federick near the goalline.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Northeast's Joe Gamble prevented Gibbs from gaining a huge lead over the Vikings in the first quarter by recovering two fumbles inside the redzone. Late in the game, Gamble intercepted a pass, once again inside the 20, stopping a Gladiator rally. Gibbs' Kevin Williams led the Gladiators with 41 yards rushing, and added a 43-yard touchdown from a screen pass in the fourth quarter.

KEY STATISTIC: Smith only attempted one other pass.

_ CHARLES CARDWELL

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