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Gedontae Rich (9), David Green (8), Julian Allen (4) and Jershaun Newton (1) celebrate Clearwater Central Catholic's comeback victory over University Christian School in a Class 1M semifinal Friday in Jacksonville.
The Marauders come from behind to defeat Jacksonville University Christian School in a state semifinal.
The Tigers overcame adversity all season long but hadn’t played a team as powerful as the Raiders.
Here’s how action went down with Hillsborough and Pinellas playoff teams this week.
The 17-year-old junior met his goal of suiting up for the Panthers’ season opener.

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  1. Jesuit quarterback Will Griffin runs with the ball against St. Thomas Aquinas during the first half of the 3M state semifinal in Fort Lauderdale.
  2. Gedontae Rich (9), David Green (8), Julian Allen (4) and Jershaun Newton (1) celebrate Clearwater Central Catholic's comeback victory over University Christian School in a Class 1M semifinal Friday in Jacksonville.
  3. Clearwater Central Catholic's Keo Jenkins (11) hugs Lenwood Sapp (20) after Sapp scored his second touchdown during the Marauders' 34-29 victory over University Christian School in a Class 1M semifinal Friday in Jacksonville.
  4. Jesuit freshman quarterback Will Griffin looks much older than 15, a fact that coaches and players say they sometimes have to remind themselves about when looking at their 6-foot-3, 220-pound leader.
  5. Plant High junior Jayden Spencer (23) brings the ball upcourt during his team's season opener at Gaither on Tuesday. Only eight months earlier, he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin large B-cell lymphoma, which required six rounds of intense chemotherapy.
  6. Lakewood receiver Gage Nix shakes off a hit to complete his 12-yard fourth-quarter touchdown catch in the Spartans' 63-42 region final victory over Calvary Christian.
  7. Clearwater Central Catholic struggles a bit in the second half, but still finds a way to top Carrollwood Day and move on to the Class 1M state semifinals.
  8. Jesuit running back Joquez Smith sprints free for a long touchdown run during a 31-0 playoff victory over Largo Friday night.
  9. Jesuit linebacker Troy Bowles signals a change of downs after stopping Largo in first-half playoff action Friday night.
  10. Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback Jershaun Newton has thrown for 1,822 yards and 20 touchdowns with only one interception and rushed 115 times for 1,046 yards and 13 touchdowns.
  11. Largo forced seven turnovers in its 28-12 victory over East Bay to advance to a Class 3M region final.
  12. East Lake defensive back Amari Ray, left, and linebacker Caleb Coburn celebrate after the Eagles recovered a late fumble during their 38-14 victory over Plant in a region semifinal game on Friday night.
  13. Fourth-seeded Lakewood upset No. 1 Tampa Catholic 44-41 in a Class 2M region semifinal thriller.
  14. East Lake players jump for joy after forcing a turnover during their region semifinal victory over Plant on Friday night.
  15. East Bay senior quarterback Nathan Carter, front, has rushed eight times on fourth and short this season, and has gotten the needed yardage every time, including several times in key moments.
  16. The Clearwater Central Catholic volleyball team poses for a celebratory photo after defeating previously unbeaten Miami Westminster Christian, ranked No. 1 in the state regardless of classification by MaxPreps, Sunday night in the Class 3A final.
  17. A person died and another was wounded in a shooting following a high school football game in Orlando on Saturday.
  18. East Bay quarterback Nathan Carter pulls away from the Osceola defense for a touchdown during the Indians' 14-12 victory over Osceola Friday night.
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  20. The East Bay football team bursts through a banner before taking on Osceola in a first-round playoff game Friday night.
  21. Gulf High junior quarterback Ethan Holewski has led the Bucs to a 7-3 record and playoff berth following a 3-6 season in 2021.
  22. Osceola coach Cody Montgomery's beard is approaching record length after a 7-3 season, including the Warriors' first district title in 28 years, heading into Friday's playoff game at East Bay.
  23. Largo sophomore Kino MIddleton leads the Packers  onto the field before a game this season.
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