Times’ super 7
1. Armwood (5-0): Was there every any doubt? I mean, other than the fact we ranked someone else No. 1 for the first four weeks, was there every any doubt?
2. Sickles (4-0): Gryphons had the week off and still moved up two spots. Thank you, Armwood; thank you Tampa Bay Tech.
3. Tampa Catholic (4-1): The Crusaders’ streak of winning and looking better each week while doing it continued, as they whooped a previously unbeaten team (Cardinal Mooney) by 49 points.
4. Plant City (4-0): Raiders bounce back from a near loss to pick up a not-even-close win, 40-0, over Bloomingdale.
5. Tampa Bay Tech (3-1): The Titans hadn’t been as impressive this season as we thought they should be. Until Friday’s 14-7 win over Plant, that is.
6. Plant (3-1-1): These aren’t your daddy’s Panthers, and we don’t mean that like we usually do. They really aren’t.
7. Jefferson (3-1): Coming this winter from Hawkstar Productions and Dreamworks: “How to Tame Your Dragon.”
“Hey, fellas, what you guys just did in a 12-day period really is amazing. To play at that level, that intensity, that’s awesome.” — Armwood coach Sean Callahan after his Hawks completed a stretch that started Sept. 16 where they beat district foes Hillsborough, Robinson and Jefferson by a combined score of 92-11.
“They just kept saying someone make a play. And I made a play.” — Wharton junior linebacker Sean McNamee, who blocked a field goal and ran it back 85 yards as the Wildcats held off a late charge by East Bay.
Birds rule, ’Cats drool
The Wildcats (Wharton), Cougars (Durant), Lions (King) and Tigers (Jesuit) all won, but the Panthers (Plant) and other Tigers (Middleton) did not.
So that gives the night to the birds, who were perfect as the Ravens (Alonso), Eagles (Brandon) and Hawks (Armwood) all picked up victories.
Five things we didn’t see coming
1. TBT’s win over Plant. Not that the Titans didn’t have the talent to do so, because they do. They just hadn’t lately.
2. Armwood holding Jefferson to just 237 offensive yards. That’s more than 200 yards fewer than the Dragons came into the game averaging.
3. Bloomingdale’s loss. Turns out that the Bulls did turn a corner, right into a dark alley where the Raiders were waiting to steal their lunch money.
4. Durant’s 26-0 shutout win against Gaither. The Cougars were certainly due for a win, but that was quite a statement for the now 1-4 team. Also, now what to make of the Cowboys?
5. Newsome isn’t a team you want to get behind, but that didn’t seem to bother Jesuit, which trailed 21-7 at the half before rallying to a 28-21 victory and winning on a gutsy double-pass play.
Five stars of the night
1. Talvin Bailey had a pair of big touchdowns — on a 45-yard run and a 95-yard kickoff return — in a 63-second span to steal the momentum from Jefferson in Armwood’s 28-9 win. Is it fair to say every Bailey brother has now scored against the Dragons?
2. Tampa Bay Tech’s Tajee Fullwood mocked everyone picking against his Titans on Twitter, then went out and made them (us?) look silly with three interceptions, including a game clincher and one he returned 55 yards for a score that was called back because of a penalty.
3. Tavares Chase returned his fourth interception of the year for a touchdown, spurring Plant City’s defensive dominance of Bloomingdale.
4. Dontriel Perry had four sacks, helping Durant to a Homecoming win and better yet, the Cougars’ first win of the season in a shutout effort.
5. Kyle Ploucher had four touchdowns for Tampa Catholic, three through the air and one on the ground, while passing for 193 yards in the Crusaders’ shutout win vs. Cardinal Mooney.
By the numbers
6 Shutouts delivered by Hillsborough County defenses this week
7 Knights who had at least one touchdown in Robinson’s 69-0 win vs. Leto
9 Regular-season wins for Armwood against Jefferson since 2002 (the only loss came by the Hawks’ forfeit)
14 Game-winning streak for Plant against Hillsborough teams that was snapped Friday night by Tampa Bay Tech
16 Completions (in 18 attempts) for first-year starting quarterback Landon Galloway in Plant City’s 40-0 win vs. Bloomingdale.
419 Fewer yards Plant’s Colby Brown threw for this week than last week
279 Points scored against Leto (0-5) this season
464 Total rushing yards Hillsborough and Lennard combined for in Hillsborough’s 49-0 win
Final five words
We are halfway done already?
Compiled by staff writers John C. Cotey and Kelly Parsons.