Last week had it all.
Good, bad and, unfortunately, ugly.
Two memories, however, stood out.
One of them, the 250th victory by legendary Chamberlain coach Billy Turner, is to be cherished. The other, a broken fibula sustained by record-setting Plant quarterback Aaron Murray, made all of us cringe.
For Turner, a wonderful career is in the homestretch.
For Murray, the best years are ahead.
To one, we say, "Congratulations." To the other, we say, "Hang tough."
What welearned ...
1. The health of a player is, and always will be, more important than the outcome of a game. When Plant's Murray and Hillsborough receiver/defensive back Terrence Mitchell, left, were injured within minutes of each other Thursday, Dads Stadium went silent and, at least for a few moments, the score was irrelevant. At times like that, you realize how silly all the tickey-tack stuff between rivals really is.
2. It might be about time Chamberlain got a little more national recognition. Quite frankly, the Chiefs look awesome. Much like Armwood, Chamberlain doesn't appear to have any significant weakness.
3. When a team doesn't quit, eventually good things will happen. Just ask Blake, which earned win No. 1 by beating Brandon.
C.J. BennettAlonso, Jr., QB
Bennett led a come-from-behind win over Gaither by throwing four touchdown strikes.
Alex ByersSpoto, Sr., WR
The 6-foot-3 wideout caught touchdown passes of 69 and 78 yards in the Spartans' 34-14 win over Sickles.
Orson CharlesPlant, Sr., WR
In a win over Hillsborough, Charles had seven catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Angelo HadleyArmwood, Sr., FS
Hadley had two interceptions in the Hawks' 35-0 win over Plant City, including one he took 35 yards for a touchdown.
Anthony WilliamsChamberlain, Sr., WR
The Chiefs established the passing game early in their 42-21 win over Jefferson, and Williams was the beneficiary, hauling in six catches for 163 yards - including a pair of second-quarter touchdowns.
Murray might be done for the season. But here are five reasons Plant's season isn't over:
1. Coaching. Without question, the Panthers have one of the region's best staffs. Coach Robert Weiner is a great motivator who will keep this team focused.
2. Offensive playmakers.Even without Murray, Plant has plenty of talent. The pass-catching combo of Orson Charles and Allen Sampson gives the Panthers arguably the state's premier receiving duo.
3. The O-line.This group is getting better each and every week.
4. An underrated "D." The Panthers have held four of six opponents to fewer than 10 points.
5. Murray's understudy. Sophomore Phillip Ely, who has played several games this season in mopup duty, is a capable player who showed great poise after Murray left Thursday's game against Hillsborough.
Games of the week
Armwood (7-0)at Hillsborough (5-2)
Armwood looks unbeatable. Can the Terriers at least make the Hawks sweat one out?
Chamberlain (7-0)at Alonso (6-1)
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