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Tonight at 7:30 unless noted

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Largo (5-1, 1-0) at Venice (6-1, 1-0)

Breakdown: The Packers have been a consistent playoff contender with eight straight district titles, the longest streak in the county. To make it nine in a row Largo will have to get past Venice, ranked fourth in the Class 6A state poll. The Indians' lone loss is to Bradenton Manatee, the top-ranked team in 8A. Packers coach Rick Rodriguez purposely scheduled the bye week before this game. Largo has not lost coming off a bye in nine seasons.

Who's hot: Largo QB Donavan Hale is starting to get into a rhythm, averaging nearly 200 yards passing in his past two games. Venice RB Terry Polk is fifth in the state in rushing yards (1,194) and has 14 touchdowns.

Rodney Page's pick: The Indians' running attack is too much. Venice, 28-21

Bob Putnam's pick: The week off will do wonders for the Packers. Largo, 21-16

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East Lake (6-0, 2-0) at Countryside (5-1, 2-0)

Breakdown: The Eagles are off to their best start in school history and are ranked third in 7A. Now comes their biggest challenge yet against Countryside for a share of first place in 7A-9. East Lake has not fared well against the Cougars, losing the past five. The key will be whether the Eagles' high-powered offense, averaging 46 points per game, can keep up that pace against a defense that has held East Lake to 21 points or fewer the past nine meetings.

Who's hot: East Lake's Artavis Scott has 12 touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving, three on returns). Countryside TE Zack Laurinaitis has 277 yards receiving and a TD.

Page: The Eagles have their hands full but survive. East Lake, 21-17

Putnam: The Eagles finally get past their nemesis. East Lake, 28-21

For more predictions on tonight's games, visit tampabay.com/hometeam.

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