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High school football predictions, Week 1

Opening week is finally upon us. Staff writers Rodney Page and Bob Putnam try a little pigskin prognostication.
Plant senior Tucker Gleason leads the Panthers onto the field before the preseason game against Venice Friday night. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
Plant senior Tucker Gleason leads the Panthers onto the field before the preseason game against Venice Friday night. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]
Published Aug. 22, 2019

Our staffers’ predictions for the games we’re covering in Week 1. All games Friday night.

East Lake at Nature Coast, 7:30

Rodney Page: Nature Coast 23-17

Bob Putnam: Nature Coast 17-14

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Plant at Armwood, 7:30

Rodney Page: Armwood 24-20

Bob Putnam: Armwood 21-13

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Sunlake at Springstead, 7:30

Rodney Page: Springstead 21-14

Bob Putnam: Springstead 24-10

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Pasco at Land O’Lakes, 7:30

Rodney Page: Pasco 20-16

Bob Putnam: Land O’Lakes 28-20

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Zephyrhills at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Rodney Page: Wiregrass Ranch, 26-23

Bob Putnam: Zephyrhills 21-19

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Clearwater Central Catholic at Berkeley Prep, 7

Rodney Page: CCC 31-28

Bob Putnam: CCC 28-14

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Chamberlain at Tampa Bay Tech, 7:30

Rodney Page: Tampa Bay Tech, 27-21

Bob Putnam: Chamberlain 28-27

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Gaither at Jefferson, 7:30

Rodney Page: Jefferson, 30-20

Bob Putnam: Gaither 21-16

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Robinson at Hillsborough, 7:30

Rodney Page: Hillsborough, 17-14

Bob Putnam: Hillsborough 21-20

Plant City at Jesuit, 7:30

Rodney Page: Jesuit 31-30

Bob Putnam: Jesuit 27-21

Carrollwood Day at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Rodney Page: St. Petersburg Catholic, 16-14

Bob Putnam: St. Petersburg Catholic 27-14

Palm Bay Heritage at Clearwater, 7

Rodney Page: Heritage, 28-24

Bob Putnam: Heritage 30-20

St. Petersburg at Lakewood, 7:30

Rodney Page: Lakewood, 42-7

Bob Putnam: Lakewood 21-13

Northeast at Tarpon Springs, 7:30

Rodney Page: Northeast, 38-6

Bob Putnam: Northeast 42-0

RELATED: Turmoil, turnover take a toll on Tarpon Springs’ rich football tradition

Pinellas Park at Palmetto, 7:30

Rodney Page: Palmetto, 28-14

Bob Putnam: Palmetto 21-14


  1. Carrollwood Day sophomore Milahnie Perry controls the tempo in a 74-36 victory over Tampa Prep in a Class 3A region quarterfinal. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  2. BJ Graham and Jesuit are already off to a strong start, as was expected of the nation's top high school program. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  3. Newsome Wolves catcher Lydia Castro is dynamic behind the plate and with a bat in her hand. She is also committed to USF. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  4. Elli Black, 11, crosses the finish line in first place in the women's division at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  5. There were many standout players for Tampa Catholic on Saturday, including goalkeeper Charlie Gembarowski, who set school records in shutouts (16) and wins (22) with the state semifinal victory. [JOSEPH WEISER  |  Icon SMI via ZUMA Press]
  6. Jesuit, ranked No. 6 in the state and 15th nationally by MaxPreps, will play for their seventh school title next Saturday in DeLand against Pembroke Pines Charter. [JOSEPH WEISER  |  Icon SMI via ZUMA Press]
  7. Shorecrest coach Jason Montoya, seen here in a previous playoff match, was happy with how his team played in Saturday's state semifinal. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  8. Elaine Jeffers, left, and mom Jennifer are all smiles in their pirate and parrot costumes after finishing the 15K and 5K races Saturday morning. Today, both Elaine, 33, and Jennifer, 60, will run their 61st half-marathon. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  9. Joe Conrad, at the mere age of 90 in the orange hat, crosses the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K finish line with 30 of his relatives: kids, grandkids and so on. Conrad, who has set several age-group records at races the past few decades, finished in 59 minutes, 28 seconds, but he did, of course, benefit from all the pacers around him. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  10. Cambridge Christian runner Reed Legg finishes first (15:29) during Saturday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. Tampa Bay Tech, still missing star sophomore Janiah Barker, falters in the region final Friday, but if healthy should make another deep playoff run next season. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  12. After its 3-1 victory over Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale on Friday, the Shorecrest girls soccer team  will be playing in the program's first state final next week in Deland. [CHUCK FRYE  |  Special to the Times]