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TONIGHT'S MATCHUPS

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All games at 7 unless noted

Matchup The skinny Our picks
Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Tech (1-0) at Armwood (1-0), 7:30 p.m. TV: BHSN Excluding a forfeit to Middleton in 2004, Armwood hasn't lost a home game since Oct. 25, 2002. The Hawks could be inclined to load the box if TBT brings heavy doses of FB Maurice Hagens. Eduardo A. Encina: Armwood, 38-21 Joey Knight : Armwood, 35-13
Hillsborough (0-1) at Chamberlain (0-2) The Terriers get back on track this week against a young Chiefs team. Look for a big game from QB Tarean Austin, RB Rodney Johnson, WR Charles Lovett — and pretty much any other Terriers skill player. Eduardo: Hillsborough 38-7 Joey: Hillsborough, 26-6
East Bay (2-0) at Spoto (2-0) The Indians are a surprise 2-0 team, but there's no doubting Spoto, which is flying high after a last-minute win over Alonso last week. Eduardo: Spoto, 21-13 Joey: Spoto, 17-14
Orlando Lake Highland (2-0) at Berkeley Prep (1-0), 6:30 p.m. The Highlanders have totaled 82 points in two games behind dual-threat senior quarterback Bobby Borcky, who has committed to Colorado State. Eduardo: Berkeley Prep, 21-20 Joey: Lake Highland, 27-20
Durant (2-0) at Jesuit (1-1) If last week's 39-20 win at Sarasota is any sign, Jesuit's offense has gotten untracked. The same can't be said for Durant, which hasn't scored in the first half this season. Eduardo: Jesuit, 17-12 Joey: Jesuit, 21-18
Alonso (1-1) at Newsome (0-1) Alonso is coming off a last-minute loss to Spoto, so look for the Ravens' air-attack offense to be as determined as ever to get into the end zone. Eduardo: Alonso, 28-24 Joey: Alonso, 35-13
Jefferson (1-0) at Plant (0-1) The buzz is this might be the week Plant quarterback Phillip Ely returns from a back injury. If he does, Jefferson's Quentin Williams will be eager to show head-to-head he's the county's best junior quarterback. Eduardo: Jefferson, 28-27 Joey: Plant, 38-35
Bloomingdale (0-2) at Leto (0-1) Expect a heavy dose of Leto running backs Jeremy Deering and Terik Greensberry until the Falcons shore up their passing problems. Eduardo: Leto, 21-10 Joey: Leto, 15-14
Sickles (2-0) at Freedom (1-0) In its season-opening rout of Riverview, Freedom displayed offensive balance. Sickles will be more one-dimensional, something an offense can't afford to do against a defensive whiz like Pats coach James Harrell. Eduardo: Freedom, 30-17 Joey: Freedom, 37-13
Robinson (1-0) at King (1-0) The Lions are seeking their first 2-0 start since 1990. Robinson is coming off a true bye week; King kicked off last week against Freedom before lightning forced the game's cancellation. We like Robinson for its athleticism. Eduardo: Robinson, 27-12 Joey: Robinson, 29-12
Lennard (1-0) at Riverview (0-1) Both teams' games were canceled last week. Lennard got 164 total yards from QB Fred Porter in a 19-7 season-opening win against Bloomingdale. Eduardo: Lennard, 27-13 Joey: Lennard, 20-13
Gaither (0-1) at Wharton (1-1) Three of the past four meetings in this highly underrated series have been decided by a touchdown or less. Eduardo: Gaither, 21-10 Joey: Wharton, 28-14
Plant City (1-1) at Brandon (0-2) The Raiders earned a big win over Middleton last week despite six turnovers. In two games, Plant City has 10 turnovers, which gives the Eagles hope. Eduardo: Plant City, 20-7 Joey: Plant City, 17-14
Blake (0-2) vs. Middleton (0-1) at Raymond James New Blake coach Harry Hubbard might have a little edge on Middleton because he knows their personnel pretty well, but the Yellow Jackets don't have the horses to hang with the Tigers — not yet at least. Eduardo: Middleton, 16-7 Joey: Middleton, 13-6
Friday's matchups
Cambridge Christian (0-1) at Bradenton Christian (2-0), 4:30 p.m. Watch out for the Bradenton Christian backfield tandem of Colton Goodwin and David Schopfer, who combined for 124 of the Panthers' 220 yards in last week's 30-6 rout of Keswick Christian. Cambridge is coming off a bye week. Eduardo: Bradenton Chr., 10-7 Joey: Bradenton Chr., 34-8
Carrollwood Day (2-0) at Ocala St. John Lutheran (1-1) St. John Lutheran is a run-oriented team that operates out of the power-I formation; the Patriots can spread the field at will. If St. John Lutheran loads the box, Pats QB Billy Embody (329 passing yards, five TDs) could go nuts. Eduardo: Carrollwood, 27-13 Joey: Carrollwood, 33-14
Ocala Trinity Catholic (1-1) at Tampa Catholic (1-0), 7:30 p.m. We're not sure if TC will be completely rested or rusty, or both. The Crusaders' preseason game was canceled by swine-flu concerns, and last week's Berkeley Prep contest was washed out. Trinity Catholic isn't as dominant as it was earlier this decade, but it's tough to ignore that 44-23 rout of Ocala Vanguard. Eduardo: TC, 21-17 Joey: TC, 22-21

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