Five players we expect to have huge games tonight (or Friday):
QB Billy Embody, Carrollwood Day: The Sunshine State Athletic Conference's best passer could flourish if the Pats spread the field.
LB Michael Scaglione, Hillsborough: The undersized workhorse, who had 14 tackles in the season opener against Jefferson, could exceed that number tonight.
PK Forrest Meredith, East Bay: We wouldn't be shocked if the game comes down to his foot ... again.
RB Terik Greensberry, Leto: Jeremy Deering receives all the attention in the Falcons' offense, but Greensberry is Leto's leading rusher and receiver.
WR Cortez Hargrett, Plant City: Hargrett averages 27.2 yards per reception and already has two touchdown catches, including one against Middleton.
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Caparaso coach of the week
Spoto football coach Dale Caparaso, who led his Spartans to a 10-7 win over Alonso last week, was named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers high school coach of the week.
Bucs coach Raheem Morris will present Caparaso with a certificate and personalized football after this morning's practice at One Buc Place. Before practice Caparaso will receive a tour of the team's training facility. The coach will also receive a $1,000 check for his football program and be featured in a Buccaneers.com segment.
Spoto's defense had a better week than the Bucs, holding Alonso's air attack to one touchdown. Spartans senior John Akins registered three sacks and junior Donald Smith had two interceptions. The fine defensive effort paved the way for junior Carlos Andrade's 23-yard winning field goal.
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A full-strength Plant?
The Plant girls cross country team's 80-point victory Tuesday at the West Hillsborough Invitational becomes even more astounding when considering the Panthers aren't 100 percent.
Junior Lizzie Goodwin, a top-50 state placer last season projected to be the team's No. 1 runner this fall, has been ill the past month but still placed third (20:26) Tuesday night.
"She's been congested for four weeks," Panthers coach Roy Harrison said. "They've got her on all kinds of steroid stuff and stuff to break it and nothing's been working ... because Lizzie's really good."
Seven Panthers finished in the top 12 Tuesday. None were seniors.
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Number of the day
4 Times, in the past nine years, that the Academy of the Holy Names has won the girls team title at the City Relays swim meet. The Jaguars, who won by 10 points, got a victory from their 200 freestyle relay team (Molly Sheridan, Konner Brewer, Mary Green and Taylor DeMesa) when Newsome was disqualified for a false start. AHN's 200 medley squad (Natalie Murphy, Tori Soody, Katherine Sanchez and Shae Timmons) moved to second when Sickles and Plant were whistled for false starts.