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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]
Published Aug. 22

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

RELATED: Chamberlain’s Antony Guzman surges ahead by powering down

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

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