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+ Week of The Run: County players ran for 46 touchdowns and threw for 11. The week before, they ran for 40 touchdowns and threw for 31.

+ Run of The Week: Nursing a precarious 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter against Jesuit, Jefferson running back Kevrick Brown darted 41 yards to pay dirt to clinch the victory and district crown for the Dragons.

+ Durant was the only team to rush for fewer yards than its opponent and still win. But it took three overtimes before the Cougars finally beat Riverview 23-17.

+ Chamberlain and Brandon were the only teams to come from behind at the half and win. It was the second comeback in as many weeks for Brandon as they overtook East Bay last week and won 22-16.

+ County passers had a 46.2 percent completion rate, up from 43.5 percent the previous week.

+ Last week, 82 percent of the winning teams had more penalty yards than their opponents. A Times survey of 314 high school games in the Tampa Bay area in 2002 showed that figure to be 62 percent. With one game left in the 2003 Hillsborough County season, that number stands at 64 percent.

+ Kick Starts: East Bay's Jimmy Chapoteau had the longest field goal of the week at 52 yards against Tampa Bay Tech. He added two more. Alonso's Joshua Krenik and Chamberlain's Nick Lomartire also made three field goals. Lomartire's gave the Chiefs their nine-point edge in beating Wharton 23-14.

+ Teams with a shot at finishing the regular season at .500 are Brandon, Riverview, Wharton, Sickles and Jesuit. East Bay and Middleton are the only county teams at 5-4, meaning a victory Friday gives them a winning season.

+ Not to be overlooked: Decimated by injuries, East Bay started quarterback Joey Stevens (5 feet 8, 125 pounds). The freshman led the Indians to a hard-fought 28-21 victory against Tampa Bay Tech.

+ Alonso was the only team to try a two-point conversion. It converted one of two attempts. County kickers had their best night of the year, making 60 of 66 extra points for 91 percent accuracy.

+ Ball carriers lost 65 percent of their fumbles to the other team last week (20 of 31) compared with only 51 percent the previous week (22 of 43).

+ Among teams that attempted more than 10 passes, six had a 50 percent or better completion rate: Plant, Robinson, Hillsborough, Plant City, Chamberlain, and Wharton.

+ Taking It To The House: Armwood had four returns for touchdowns in its victory against Plant.

+ Hooray For The Home Team: This season, home teams are winning at a 60 percent rate, up from 49.7 percent in 2002.

+ First Strike: Durant got 90 quick yards and the game's first score on the opening kickoff, a strong indication of winning. Last year, teams scoring first won 77.5 percent of the time. Through the first nine weeks this season, (120 games) that figure is the same.

+ Second Strike: This year, 84 teams have gotten the first two scores of a game. Those teams have won 77 times (91.6 percent).

_ Compiled by Times Staff Writer Scott Purks and Jim Reese.